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New Belgium Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

New Belgium Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, reviewed

While beer can be incorporated into baked goods like beer breads¬†and even chocolate cakes, beer and baked goods don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. I would say that I see more wine pairings with desserts and spirit-infused baked goods than I do similar pairings with beer. This particular beer, however, brings baked goods to the beer and not the other way around. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Pie, reviewed

Trader Joe's Sweet Potato Pie with Maple and Bourbon, reviewed

The freezer case at Trader Joe’s is full of interesting goodies, particularly when it comes to desserts. You’ll always find ice creams, macarons and cakes in seasonal flavors, just waiting to be served up at a holiday gathering. One new addition to the case is their Sweet Potato Pie with a touch of Maple Bourbon flavor. That pie name is quite a mouthful and one ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cook's Illustrated Taste Tests Ground Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an integral spice in the kitchen, especially during the fall and holiday baking seasons, and I know that I’m not the only one who goes through a lot of it! Cinnamon should be both sweet and spicy, and you can both smell and taste the flavorful oils from the bark when you open a new container of cinnamon. Like other spices, cinnamon should ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Oreos, reviewed

Pumpkin Spice Oreos, reviewed

When September rolls around – or even before the “official” start of fall – we start to see signs of the changing seasons. These signs include leaves changing color, crisper mornings and a variety of pumpkin spice goodies in stores and on store shelves. There are more pumpkin spice treats than you could shake a stick at to choose from, but one of my first ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Cherry Pie Filling, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cherry Pie Filling, reviewed

The jarred sweet cherries from Trader Joe’s are one of my favorite products. They’re not only delicious on their own, but they are a great base for cherry pies, cobblers, breads and other baked goods. Recently, Trader Joe’s introduced a Cherry Pie Filling that offers an even easier shortcut for those home bakers looking to make cherry desserts on the fly. While the jarred cherries ... Read More »

Choco Chip Cookie Oreos, reviewed

Choco Chip Cookie Oreos, reviewed

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like if Oreo cookies and chocolate chip cookies came together, your dream has been realized. Nabisco just introduced limited edition Choco Chip Cookie Oreos, so you can head to your local grocery store (which is where I found them) and pick up a package to find out for yourself. I personally haven’t spent much time wondering what ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Mango Joe-Joe’s, reviewed

Trader Joe's Mango Joe-Joe's, reviewed

Joe Joe’s, Trader Joe’s Oreo cookie cousin, are some of the best selling products at the grocery chain. The cookies come in classic chocolate and vanilla, as well as a variety of seasonal flavors. Unlike Oreos, however, they’re naturally flavored and seasonal flavors tend to be much more limited (Oreo seems to have one or two new flavors every season!). One of the latest releases ... Read More »

Snickers Bites for Baking, reviewed

Snickers Bites for Baking, reviewed

If you’ve spotted the new Snickers product in the baking aisle recently, you might have thought that I partnered up with the candy bar giant because their product is called Snickers Baking Bites. If anyone out there from Snickers is reading this, I would love to do a recipe for the back of the packaging.¬†Alas, I was not consulted about the name of this particular ... Read More »

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