Category Archives: Holidays

Happy Pi(e) Day!

I know it makes me a bit of a geek – ok, this and probably many other things – but on this day every year I cannot resist celebrating Pi Day. It’s “pi day” because today, March 14th, is written as 3/14 – the same as the number pi (3.14). Naturally, I choose to celebrate “pi” with its food equivalent: pie. Today is a great ... Read More »

Homemade Kisses for Valentine’s Day

Bakerella's Homemade Kisses!!!

Still looking for something quick and sweet to get your Valentine? Look no further than Bakerella‘s amazing homemade Kisses. Her kisses look like big version’s of the Hershey’s classic – down to the silver wrapper and customizable pull tags – but are perhaps even more delicious. The center of each kiss is an Oreo “truffle” made by combining crushed oreo cookies and cream cheese until ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

 Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate chip… is white chocolate the least commonly used chocolate in baking? Sometimes it seems that way, and while the sweeter chocolate isn’t everyone’s go-to chocolate, it does have a lot to offer in some dishes. As evidence, I offer up these white chocolate cupcakes. They have a delicious white chocolate flavor – milky and sweet, with vanilla highlights - ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Sweets for sweeties

We’re getting down to the wire on Valentine’s Day, but there is still plenty of time to do a little bit of baking for your valentines – whether you have one or many. Chocolate is the first option on every list. Don’t fight it. I like to opt for smaller or individual chocolate treats because they seem cuter when compared to a huge cake. Dark ... Read More »

Simple Dark Chocolate Souffles

I think that a dark chocolate souffle is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert. Chocolate is practically required eating on Valentine’s and souffles, because they aren’t as commonly made as other types of desserts, always seem to be extra-special – perfect for sharing with that special someone. For all the mystique about them, souffles are not that hard to make. This one in particular is dead-easy ... Read More »

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 »

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