Category Archives: Holidays

What was in your stocking?

Vintage Spices

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas – or other holiday break – with your families. I got quite a few very thoughtful gifts, including a lovely Le Creuset Canister (in Cobalt) that I plan to use as a flour container in the kitchen, a huge bunch of fresh, fragrant vanilla beans, a popover pan and a number of specialty baking stocking stuffers, from ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2008

Merry Christmas 2008!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’m taking a bit of a break today to enjoy some hot chocolate and chocolate covered marshmallows, as well as some Christmas cookies and even some real food. I hope you’re spending the day with family, friends and others you care about – and having some good food while you’re doing it. Read More »

Last Minute Foodie Gift Idea: Cooking Classes

If you’re running out of time and options for Christmas gifts, and don’t want to resort to a gift certificate, consider signing your favorite foodie up for a cooking class of some kind as a present. The class schedules are posted well in advance, so no one has to know you waited until the last minute before a gift exchange to enroll. Stores like Sur ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Winners!

Iheartcuppycake's Santa's Favorite Cupcake

I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The entries were all fantastic, with great looking cake, delicious and creamy frostings, and creative toppers. Judging was tough because there were so many entries to choose from. Some of the judges complained that they thought taste testing would be part of the process, but once they buckled down, a ... Read More »

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 »

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