Category Archives: Holidays

Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day

When I was very little, I thought that the best meal in the world was breakfast in bed. I imagine that some children’s book put the idea into my head because I can’t recall a single time that I actually ate breakfast in bed – not until I was an adult and could orchestrate it myself, anyway. So when Mother’s Day rolled around, I always ... Read More »

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Mother’s Day is this weekend and, while I already put together a gift guide to provide some ideas for Mom, we’re coming down to the wire and I know that not everyone has done their shopping. Fortunately, there are plenty of great last minute ideas out there – and this is one of them. The Adjust-A-Measure Set is a three-piece set of measuring tools that ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

mother's day is may 11th

It’s almost the end of April, which means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The holiday falls on May 11th this year (just under two weeks away) and it’s time to get serious about shopping for something special for Mom. Last year I made up a little gift guide to provide some inspiration and decided to add a few new things to the ... Read More »

Flourless dessert ideas for Passover

Passover starts this weekend and, along with near-continuous TV showings of The Ten Commandments (starring Charlton Heston, of course), those who celebrate the holiday are obligated to abide by some rather strict dietary requirements. There is a fast before the holiday starts, a seder full of symbolic dishes and a ban on leavened bread. That ban on leavened bread generally extends to an almost total ... Read More »

Tips for prepping Easter eggs

colorful dyed eggs

 Dying Easter eggs – perhaps second only to eating lots of Easter chocolate – is one of the most fun parts of the holiday. It’s something that the family can do together, or a fun art project for kids. Typically, you need to start with hard boiled eggs when dying. Raw eggs can be used, but they’re a bit more fragile than hard-boiled eggs and ... Read More »

Hotel Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg, reviewed

Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg

Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I ... Read More »

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins

 Chocolate is a staple in any baker’s kitchen. Chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, white chocolate – and from the standard baking fare, it is not a big leap to move onto other chocolate candies. I’ve used chocolate malt balls, peanut butter cups and chocolate covered toffees before, amongst other things. While you can cook with a lot of different types of candies, some are always overlooked for ... Read More »

See’s St. Patrick’s Day Potato Candy

See's Irish Potato Candy

It’s called a potato and it looks like a potato, but you’re not going to find any “real” potato here. Just a potato look-a-like. See’s Candies’ St. Patrick’s Day Potato is a special treat that the candy company puts out every March. The 2.5-oz. potato has a large, irregular mound of nougat at it center. The nougat is soft and not too sweet, despite being ... Read More »

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