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The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

Every family has their own set of holiday traditions, but these traditions don’t simply spring up from nothing. They’re influenced heavily by region, and not just by what part of the world your family is from. Influences can come from much closer to home, so regional differences can still be big from state to state and the traditions that are unique from state to state, ... Read More »

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Chocolate bark is not difficult to make. It is a type of candy, but it’s also a good example of the fact that candy doesn’t necessarily have to be incredibly difficult to make in order to be good because the basic recipe consists only of melted chocolate. It’s a great jumping off point to making your own candies at home. Brittles, Barks and Bonbons is ... Read More »

The Gingerbread Architect

The Gingerbread Architect

Gingerbread houses are fun to decorate, especially if you have a couple of kids or grandkids handy to help make some of the big design decisions, such as “should this gumdrop be red or green?” They’re primarily used for display purposes, so it’s often easiest to buy a kit for a gingerbread house and work from that, rather than making the house components from scratch. ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers 2008

┬áThis is the Baking Bites 2008 Holiday Gift Guide for Bakers – about time, too, since there are only a few weeks of shopping left before Christmas and Hanukkah begin! If you like to bake or spend time in the kitchen, you might use these as inspiration for your wish list. And if you have a baker in the family and simply like to munch ... Read More »

Jacques Torres’ A Year in Chocolate

Jacques Torres' A Year in Chocolate

While you don’t need a special occasion to eat chocolate, having chocolate on hand for a special occasion never hurts. Jacques Torres’ A Year in Chocolate, the newest cookbook from the master chocolatier and pastry chef, divides up a year by holidays, seasons and special occasions and provides chocolate recipes to go with each. There are over 150 recipes for everything occasion, from Christmas o ... Read More »

Puff

Puff is a cute single-subject cookbook focused on one ingredient: puff pastry. Because the holiday season comes hand-in-hand with entertaining, I find that I stock up on puff pastry more than any other time of the year. Puff pastry is just a simple dough with a light and flaky texture and, although it is buttery, not much personality on its own. It is this relative ... Read More »

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Baked is a New York City bakery that has become more and more popular since its opening by appealing to our love for the familiar – and our desire for something new. They take popular flavors, from well-known candies or favorite childhood treats, for instance, and give them a twist. This could mean putting together a milk chocolate covered malt cake that tastes a lot ... Read More »

Best American Side Dishes

Best American Side Dishes

When it comes to the holidays, main courses tend to stay on the traditional side. Roast turkeys, crown roasts, brisket and glazed ham are all pretty much par for the course, depending on the precise holiday and what size crowd you’re planning to feed. The side dishes are where you can really branch out and tailor the meal to some of your favorite tastes, even ... Read More »

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