Category Archives: Holidays

Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

One of the best things about Easter is that there is lots of specialty candy available and most of it is on sale. I don’t mind having egg-shaped versions of some of my favorite candies for a couple of weeks after the holiday – or before the holiday, for that matter. I picked up a bag of Reese’s Pieces Eggs, which I like for their ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcakes

Peeps Cupcakes

Colorful, sugar-coated marshmallow Peeps are synonymous with Easter. They’re simple and loved by most kids. A great way to take advantage of their colorful look is to use them as a decoration for cakes and other baked goods. I’ve taken that one step further here by making Peeps-inspired cupcakes for Easter! These cupcakes have a vanilla butter cake base and are topped with a marshmallow ... Read More »

Pull Apart Bunny Cakes

Nothing says “Easter” quite like dissecting a rabbit piece by piece. Of course, I’m referring to chocolate rabbits! They’re staples of the season and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, it’s hard to pass up the terrific deals on bunny-shaped chocolates that crop up during Easter season. Chocolate bunnies aren’t the only rabbit-themed Easter choices, however. You can also opt for Pull Apart Bunny ... Read More »

Pancake recipes for Pancake Day

Brown Sugar Pancake stack

For those who celebrate Lent, Shrove Tuesday is a pretty important day because it is the last day before Lent, traditionally a period of fasting. The day is also known as Pancake day, because foods like milk, eggs and butter needed to be used up before Lent began and pancakes were a great way to do just that. And a day celebrating pancakes is something ... Read More »

Easy King Cake

King Cake, cream cheese filling

King Cake is a traditional pastry served for the celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It is made with a rich bread dough that is filled with a cinnamon mixture and braided into a ring. It is typically frosted, and adorned with purple, yellow and green (purple to represent justice, green to represent faith, and gold to represent power). These days, there are a ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Eggs in Toast

Toad-in-the-hole is the name of a traditional British dish in which sausages are put into Yorkshire pudding batter and baked right into the popover-like pastry. Since it’s origination, the name has been expanded to include many other dishes, including the simple breakfast dish of eggs in toast. At least, I’ve always heard eggs-in-toast called toad-in-the-hole. It can also be called Eggs in a Basket, Eggs ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Biscotti, plated

Chocolate covered strawberries are a classic treat for Valentine’s day, but strawberries aren’t exactly at their peak in February. It’s possible to find fresh ones, of course, though your options are either going to be fairly expensive hothouse berries or berries that simply don’t have the flavor of those at their peak later in the season. I decided to make these biscotti as a stand ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Desserts on a Budget

Valentine’s Day is an occasion centered around chocolate and flowers – oh, and romance, of course. Lots of people are making spending cutbacks this year, but you shouldn’t have to pass up the chance to do something special and celebrate with your loved one as a result. Naturally, I think that homemade treats (and maybe some flowers) are a great option. The most obvious choice ... Read More »

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