Category Archives: Holidays

Chocolate Brunch Ideas for Mother’s Day

Chocolate Brunch Menu

Like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day is a day that many people celebrate with gifts of flowers and chocolate, as well as by going out to eat. I prefer to stay in on Mother’s Day and have brunch at home. I know that I’ll get great food when it comes out of my own kitchen and you get to skip the hassle of eating out on ... Read More »

5 Great Baking Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is not always the most personalized holiday. A bouquet of flowers and a card, along with a trip out to brunch or dinner, is generally the extent of the celebrations. Flowers are always nice, of course, but what is even nicer is getting Mom a gift that she can really use and enjoy. For instance, The Baking Bites Cookbook is a great Mother’s ... Read More »

6 Great Easter Baking Ideas

Easter Bunny Baking Ideas

Easter is a holiday that moves around – but it is also a holiday that always falls on a Sunday, which is nice because it gives you plenty of time over the weekend to decorate easter eggs and do some Easter baking. Here are a half dozen ideas to get you started, all of which are easy to make and fantastic to serve at an ... Read More »

White Chocolate Panna Cotta Easter Eggs

White Chocolate Panna Cotta

Easter is basically synonymous with chocolate these days and whether you celebrate the holiday or not, it is hard to pass up an opportunity to get a little more chocolate into your diet. Chocolate bunnies are delicious, but I prefer chocolate Easter eggs – especially when the chocolate dessert in question happens to be White Chocolate Panna Cotta Easter Eggs. For this dessert, I made ... Read More »

Manischewitz Coconut Macaroon Pie Shell, reviewed

Manischewitz Coconut Macaroon Pie Crust

Ready made graham cracker and chocolate crumb pie crusts are two things that I will often pick up when I need a quick pie crust, especially when I’m planning to make a no-bake pie of some kind or just need a quick dessert. I don’t associate the Jewish holiday of Passover with pie, so while I wasn’t surprised that neither of these types of premade ... Read More »

What is matzo meal?

Matzo and Matzo meal

Around the Jewish holiday of Passover, supermarkets start to fill their shelves with matzo and matzo meal alongside piles of egg-shaped Easter chocolates. While all foods eaten during passover are supposed to be kosher-for-passover, the most famous passover food is matzo (or matzah). Matzo is an unleavened cracker-like bread that is traditionally eaten at Passover. It is made with flour and water, and it is ... Read More »

The History of Pancake Day

Passionfruit Coconut Pancakes

Pancake Day isĀ  one of the few food holidays that has its roots firmly planted in tradition and was not simply named on a whim to celebrate the tasty breakfast food. Pancake Day is better known as Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. The tradition of ... Read More »

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

There are lots of traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, but one of my favorites is King Cake. King cake is a braided pastry made with a rich yeast dough that is filled with a sweet cinnamon mixture and topped with brightly colored gold, green and purple icing. The recipe varies from place to place, but the overall effect is quite like a large danish or cinnamon ... Read More »

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