Category Archives: Holidays

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 »

Fourth of July Cupcakes

4th of July Cupcakes

A dessert doesn’t have to be red, white and blue to be appropriate for a 4th of July celebration, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. You can add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and other fruits to a dessert, or you can take a little more obvious route and opt for food coloring. To make a splash, this year I went with the latter route and baked some ... Read More »

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