Category Archives: Holidays

6 Sweet Treats to Make for St Patrick’s Day

Vanilla and Lime Marble Cupcakes

St Patrick’s Day is a holiday that many of us celebrate by wearing green and eating Irish – or at least Irish-inspired – food. Any holiday celebration that involves food is worth celebrating, and you can really have some fun with St Patrick’s Day desserts by infusing them with some color and some Irish spirit. Vanilla and Lime Marble Cupcakes may not sound like an ... Read More »

Irish Cheddar and Herb Soda Bread

Irish Cheddar and Herb Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is a type of quick bread that should be in everyone’s repertoire. The loaves are delicious and easy to make – and there are almost unlimited options for putting your own twist on the traditional recipe. The basic loaf is a plain bread that has a rich buttermilk flavor. It’s good on its own (served with butter and jam – my favorite), ... Read More »

What is King Cake?

King Cake

A King Cake is a large yeasted cake that is similar to a coffee cake or a kringle. It is typically made with a Danish dough that is filled with cream cheese, praline or a swirl of cinnamon sugar and twisted into a large oval shape. The cake is baked and drizzled with a white confectioners’ sugar glaze and topped with green, gold, and purple ... Read More »

6 Cakes, Pancakes and Donuts for Celebrating Mardi Gras

Homemade Beignets

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. It is also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (which means “Fat Tuesday” in French) and Pancake Day. While its roots may be in religion, the celebration of Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras tends to be a secular one, an excuse to eat, drink and ... Read More »

10 Must-Make Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Conversation Heart Mendiants

A box of chocolates is a traditional gift for your Valentine on Valentine’s Day. There are some great chocolates out there, but even the best store-bought chocolates aren’t going to be made with as much love as a homemade chocolate treat. These are some of my favorite chocolate goodies and each and every one is a great choice for a Valentine’s Day gift when your ... Read More »

Sweet Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

Chocolate Cupcakes and Red Velvet Cupcakes

When you think about watching sporting events, you probably think about eating savory snacks because they’re something that you can munch on easily throughout a one, two or three hour game. When it comes to watching a big game like the Super Bowl, those snacks can turn into a feast with dishes like nachos and guacamole, veggies and yogurt dip, chicken wings and homemade chili. ... Read More »

Valentine Cookie Sticks Pan

Heart Cookie Stick Pan

This new Valentine Cookie Sticks Pan from Wilton has a strange sounding name, but the pan actually allows you to easily bake some very unique cookies that are a lovely way to bake up some sweet treats for Valentine’s Day. The pan has eight long, shallow cavities that each look like a series of hearts. You simply drop or press your cookie dough into the ... Read More »

Last Minute Holiday Gift: The Baking Bites Cookbook

Baking Bites Kindle Cover

A cookbook is always a great gift for the baker in your life. Not only is there something out there for everyone, but there are so many new cookbooks being released all the time that your baker is sure to need a new addition to his or her collection. My 2013 Cookbook Gift Guide is a great place to start if you have time to ... Read More »

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