Category Archives: Holidays

What was in your stocking?

mini kitchen

I confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2007

Hallmark puts out lots and lots of collectible ornaments every year catering to specific interests and hobbies. A few seasons ago, they started offering baking/cooking ornaments and, not unexpectedly, family members started buying them for me. This year, they have grilling and cooking/kitchen ornaments, but I think my favorite is the one pictured above, which is from last Christmas. The ornament is a tree-shaped shelf ... Read More »

Holiday traditions and favorite recipes

holiday cookie plate

Earlier this week, I briefly mentioned that Christmas is one of those holidays where a lot of people stick with the same traditions year in and year out. You might add a cookie recipe or two to the rotation, but there are probably at least one or two dishes that you always have to serve – if not an entire meal – to make the ... Read More »

Bundt Panettone

Bundt Panettone

 Panettone is a sweet yeast bread that originated in Milan, Italy. Served most often at Christmas, though it is also baked for other occasions, the tender bread is baked as a tall round (either a cylinder or an octagon) and filled with things like raisins, candied citrus and nuts. Sometimes the bread is spiked with a bit of rum or another liquour, or else the ... Read More »

Gingerbread Cookie Contest Winners!

lisapeet's winning gingerbread cookies

The Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest is now at an end. Entries closed on the 18th and we now have a winner! Reader lisapeet’s Happy Puppy Xmas Cookies – each featuring a Santa-hat clad puppy in honor of her dog Milo – are taking the grand prize. They almost look too good to eat! Congrats lisapeet! I want to give a huge, huge thank you ... Read More »

Tips for shipping holiday baked goods

ready to ship!

Baked goods are fantastic gifts during the holidays. They’re always well-received at parties and gatherings and while they’re fun and often easy to make, they don’t quite offer the convenience of a store bought gift – especially if you want to ship off your present to friends or family that don’t live locally. To do this, not only do you need an idea of what treat you want to make, ... Read More »

Check out the gingerbread gallery!

Today is the last day to get your entries in for the Baking Bites Gingerbread Cookie Contest. Judging will begin after midnight, so you still have a couple of hours to work on your cookies if you haven’t entered yet! And whether you’re going to actively participate or not, please take a few minutes to check out the mouthwatering and creative submissions at the contest ... Read More »

Foodie Gift Idea: Personalized Chef Jacket

custom chef's jacket

Let’s face it: most of us at-home chefs and bakers don’t have much use for a chef’s jacket. Most of the people I know don’t even bother with an apron (unless it’s a really cute one), relying instead on a conveniently placed kitchen towel or two. But if you love to cook, there is something undeinably appealing about a chef’s jacket. They look good and ... Read More »

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