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Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gingerbread cookies weren’t my favorite type of cookie growing up. I had too many that were hard (overbaked) or otherwise unbalanced, turning out to be either too bland or too intense. I grew to be a big fan of gingerbread cookies over time – and that was largely because I learned to make my own and discovered how delicious they can be when made well! ... Read More »

What is Blackstrap Molasses?

Trader Joe's Blackstrap Molasses

Molasses is a thick, dark syrup that is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar. Though it is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, the syrup has a strong sweet flavor and has plenty of uses of its own, such as in baking and as in the base ingredient for many rums. There are three types of molasses: light, dark and ... Read More »

Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Gourd-geous, A Pumpkin Cider Cocktail

Fall is pumpkin season and, in addition to all the pumpkin pies and pumpkin spice lattes out there, there are some unexpected pumpkin-infused goodies available, as well. One of these is the Pumpkin Cider from Ace Ciders. Despite the name, the hard cider is made with (high quality, of course) apples that are juiced and fermented. The cider is flavored with cinnamon, cloves and allspice ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: You’ll Want to Try This Vinegar Pie

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Vinegar Pie

Pies come in all kinds of delicious flavors, from apple to lemon to peanut butter. Every flavor can be delicious, but sometimes it is the unexpected flavors that can really impress you. Vinegar is an unexpected pie ingredient, but it is the star of this unusual Vinegar Pie recipe, which I’m sharing over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) right now. This is an old ... Read More »

Pumpkin Butter-Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

Pumpkin Butter Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

I love cupcakes with a bit of a surprise inside, whether that surprise comes in the form of a filling or a mix in of some other kind. A good mix-in is going to add both flavor and visual appeal to a cupcake, even if you can’t see it until you take a bite. For a fall twist on a relatively plain cupcake, I turned ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

I didn’t have much of a theme in mind for this week’s Bites from other Blogs, as I found that I was watching election coverage all last evening, as I’m sure many of you readers were. I was struck by the fact that I started my blog 12 years ago this month and that I have been blogging through a total of four presidential elections. ... Read More »

How to Butter (or Oil) a Bundt Pan

How to Butter (or Oil) a Bundt Pan

Bundt cakes are always impressive, thanks to the beautifully fluted and shaped pans that they are baked in. Though the cakes are easy to make compared to layer cakes because they (typically) require no frosting or special post-baking preparation before you can serve them, they’re not always easy to bake. Bundt cakes can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the same pans that ... Read More »

Marbled, Swirled, and Layered

Marbled, Swirled, and Layered

When I first met Irvin Lin, it was quite a few years ago and he was relatively new to the food blogging world. I liked him immediately and found him to be a wonderfully creative and inspiring guy. Though we should have stayed in closer touch than we did – as often happens when friends live in different cities – I was extremely pleased when ... Read More »

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