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Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Host A Wine Tasting

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Host A Wine Tasting

People who love to cook and bake also usually love to entertain. Throwing a party, whether it is a small get-together or a huge gathering, not only lets us bring people together, but gives us an excuse to try out all kinds of wonderful new recipes. You can’t have a party without beverages to go with your snacks and I enjoy everything from coffee to ... Read More »

Irish Cream Egg Cream

Irish Cream Egg Cream

The other day, I showed you how to make classic Chocolate Egg Cream at home. These soda fountain treats were all the rage back when the counter at the local pharmacy was the hottest spot in town to hang out – and they still have plenty of fans today. Despite the name, egg creams contain neither egg nor cream. They’re made with chocolate syrup, milk ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Irish Coffee, Three Ways

How to Make Irish Coffee

Irish coffee is one of the most popular coffee cocktails that there is. The drink was invented nearly 80 years ago, by an Irish chef who combined whiskey and coffee for a drink that would really take the chill off in cold, damp Irish winters. The drink was such a hit that news of it traveled back to the US, where several bartenders tried to ... Read More »

Coconut Mocha

Homemade Coconut Mocha Coffee Drink

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations – after chocolate and coffee, of course. Starbucks and other coffee chains tend to put coconut on their spring and summer menus, when consumers are in the mood for a cold beverage with a tropical flair. While I enjoy coconut mocha frappuccinos, I also enjoy hot coconut mochas. Fortunately, they’re easy to make at home, so ... Read More »

What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Harvest Spice Red Blend, review

Woodbridge Harvest Spice Wine Gift Set

I buy a lot of wine during the holidays, some of it to serve and some of it to gift to friends at holiday parties. When I’m shopping for wine for a party, I like to buy versatile wines that I think will appeal to every guest, whether they’re a wine enthusiast or just a party enthusiast! I also appreciate it if that wine isn’t ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

I drink hot coffee all year round, but even a coffee-lover like myself doesn’t feel like drinking a steaming cup of coffee on a muggy summer day. When it is hot out, I reach for iced coffee instead of the hot stuff. The latest trend in cold coffee drinks is cold brewed coffee. While the technique requires a little bit of patience, the results are ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Colorful 4th of July Cocktails

Bring some extra color into your 4th of July entertaining by preparing these stunning red, white and blue cocktails for your party guests. These cocktail recipes are featured in a post on Colorful 4th of July Cocktails over at the Craftsy blog (it’s free!). The cocktails are all tropical drinks with a rum base, a nod to my love of tiki drinks, and the fact ... Read More »

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