Category Archives: Holidays

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Foodies

Snowmen Gingerbread

Unless you want to spring for express shipping, it’s getting a little close to Christmas to do any more online shopping for the holidays. You’re going to have to look a little closer to home for gift ideas for your favorite foodies. Fortunately, there are lots of great gifts that you don’t need to order way in advance. A gift card to a favorite cooking ... Read More »

What is eggnog?

Homemade Eggnog

Eggnog is an ever-popular holiday beverage that hits store shelves for a few weeks around Christmas and New Year’s and is served at holiday parties across the country. Eggnog is a thick, dairy-based drink made with milk, sugar, eggs and spices, usually nutmeg and vanilla. It is often spiked with a little bit of liquour – or a lot, depending on how chilly it is ... Read More »

5 Must-Make Christmas Cookie Recipes

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

When you’re baking cookies for Christmas, it isn’t quite enough to do one batch of cookies. After all, if you’re going to bake only one day out of the year, it is probably for Christmas and you may as well go all out. A great cookie plate should have a variety of cookies that are all distinct in appearance, so your guests (and Santa) don’t ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Sugar Cookie Workshop, reviewed

Decorated Sugar Cookies

There are lots of cookie dough mixes out there for anyone who doesn’t want to bake from scratch. These are good in a pinch or if you’re baking in someone else’s kitchen, where you either don’t know what they’ll have on hand or you’re sure they don’t generally stock cookie making ingredients. Most of these mixes call for real butter and eggs to make them ... Read More »

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are often disappointing because they tend to look better than they taste, especially those oh-so-cute gingerbread men. I prefer to make my own for this very reason, and happily, homemade gingerbread men taste at least as good as they look – if not better! This recipe for Pumpkin Gingerbread Cookies is a bit of a twist on classic gingerbread cookies. The soft spicy ... Read More »

Eggnog Custard Pie

Eggnog Custard Pie bite

Eggnog is a natural fit for a custard pie recipe because eggnog is custard to begin with. Eggnog is a drink that traditionally made by combining milk, sugar and eggs with a splash of liquor and a bit of nutmeg. The most traditional recipes are uncooked (for which you should use pasteurized eggs) but most modern eggnog recipes are cooked to make them safer to ... Read More »

What is your holiday baking tradition?

Gingerbread Men and Women

As December wears on, holiday baking kicks into ever higher gear and I start to bring out more and more cookie recipes. Baking Christmas cookies has been a tradition of mine for as long as I can remember. This probably is not surprising, since I have a baking blog, but it’s worth noting because there are some recipes that I will always make for the ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit, reviewed

Gingerbread man, bitten!

It is fun to make and decorate gingerbread men around the Christmas holidays. For some, the baking is the best part. For others, it is the decorating. If you fall into this latter category – or have some kids around your house during the holidays that need something to do – you might want to pick up a Really Big Gingerbread Man Kit from Trader ... Read More »

Scroll To Top