Category Archives: Holidays

How to make Vampire Cupcakes (video)

Nicole's Vampire Cupcakes

A few years ago, I published a recipe for Vampire Cupcakes. I absolutely love these cupcakes as a Halloween treat and I make them every year. They’ve also been a big hit with Twilight fans, True Blood fans and anyone who likes vampires in general. They also inspired me to create other vampire treats for Halloween, like Vampire Cookies and even Vampire Pancakes. Nothing beats ... Read More »

Dirt Cupcakes

Dirt Cupcakes

What could be more creepy than a pile of dirt full of bugs and worms? Maybe the boogie man, but this year I used that idea as inspiration to create some Dirt Cupcakes as a Halloween treat! Like many Halloween treats, they taste a lot better than they look and they’re a lot of fun to make. These cupcakes start out with a big batch ... Read More »

Gifts Cooks Love

Gifts Cooks Love

While the title Gifts Cooks Love might sound like it is a catalog of baking gadgets and cooking tools, but it is actually a book of homemade gifts that you – as someone who loves to cook or bake – can make and give as gifts for any occasion, from housewarmings and birthdays to holiday parties. The recipes range from the simple to the gourmet, ... Read More »

Pumpkin Pie Pie Pan

Pumpkin Pie Pie Plate

I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie and make them quite often throughout the fall. A good, homemade pie with a good, homemade crust is tough to beat, but I think there is one way that you could improve the design: a pumpkin-shaped pie pan. This Pumpkin Pie Pan is about the same size as a regular 9-inch pie pan, but with enough flair to ... Read More »

What are moon cakes?

5 kernel mooncake

Moon cakes are a traditional Chinese pastry that is eaten every year around the time of the Mid Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Moon cakes consist of a thin layer of pastry wrapped around a dense filling. The filling can be almost anything, although the most traditional cakes will use a lotus bean paste and me include a ... Read More »

Witch’s Fingers Cookie Pan

Witch Finger Pan

Witch’s fingers are a classic Halloween cookie and, while I don’t generally make them myself, I’ve eaten more at Halloween parties than I can count. They’re shortbread or butter cookies that are formed into a knobby, finger-like shape, given small lines for joints to add realism and finished off with a sliced almond “nail.” They’re creepy and definitely remind you of the wicked witch when ... Read More »

How to make campfire s’mores

Fresh s'more!

If you’re cooking out, you have a chance to make one of the best summertime desserts out there: campfire s’mores. Campfire s’mores are the original s’mores, where the marshmallows are toasted over and open flame and sandwiched with a piece of chocolate between two crisp graham crackers. Despite the name, you don’t really need a campfire (although it doesn’t hurt). Typically, I opt for a ... Read More »

Red, White and Blue Treats for 4th of July

It never hurts to have a few ideas at the back of your head when you start planning a 4th of July menu, or just in case you need a dish to bring to the barbecue of friends or family. The easiest thing you can do is make up a big bowl of fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries and bring it out along with some ... Read More »

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