Category Archives: Holidays

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

The All-American Christmas Cookbook: Family Favorites from Every State

Every family has their own set of holiday traditions, but these traditions don’t simply spring up from nothing. They’re influenced heavily by region, and not just by what part of the world your family is from. Influences can come from much closer to home, so regional differences can still be big from state to state and the traditions that are unique from state to state, ... Read More »

Final Cupcake Contest reminder (with a caramel reminder, too!)

TJ's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

This is a final reminder for anyone who wants to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The contest closes to entries tonight at midnight (12/20/08 at 11:59pm PST, to get very specific!), so this is your last chance to take some photos of holiday cupcakes – whether they were made by you, your best friend, your children or your favorite local bakery – and ... Read More »

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts from the kitchen – and from the heart – are always welcome around the holidays. You don’t have to worry about sizes, sales, fighting traffic or return policies. They’re usually budget-friendly and end up seeming very personal because you put in the effort to make them yourself. If you’re shipping your treats, remember to choose things that will travel well. Biscotti, for instance, will ... Read More »

What is panettone?

What is panettone?

At just about all specialty food stores, as well as a good number of regular supermarkets, you’re going to find elegant boxes of panettone available around the holidays. The boxes are always adorned with illustrations of what’s inside, but an illustration is never as good as actually seeing the product. Panettone is a somewhere between a bread and a cake in taste, a sweet yeasted ... Read More »

How to pack up homemade food gifts

Homemade treats are one of the best gifts you can give during the holidays. Not only are they usually very budget-friendly, but they also show your giftee that you put time and a personal touch into their gift. You can’t beat that for holiday spirit, whether you’re taking a platter of goodies to a family party or bringing a simple box of snacks to a ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Reminder

This is just a public service announcement to remind you that there is just one week left to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! You have until midnight on December 20th (this coming Saturday) to upload your best cupcake photos to the contest ‘s Flickr Group. If you haven’t read through the rules and about the prizes, you can check up on the full ... Read More »

Holiday Elf Apron

Aprons are designed to help keep flour and other foods off of your clothes when cooking, and most give you a pocket or two just in case you need to slip a spoon or some small ingredient in there when your hands are full. They’re not crucial kitchen equipment – although it is nice to be able to wipe your hands on your clothes and ... Read More »

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Homemade treats are great gifts for the holidays, whether you want to bake cookies or make candies. One of the easiest – and tastiest – treats to make is chocolate bark. Chocolate bark, in its simplest form, is a relatively thin sheet of chocolate studded with nuts, dried fruits or even candies. The sheet of bark is set and then broken into uneven pieces to ... Read More »

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