Category Archives: Holidays

Spiderweb Tart (Chocolate Ganache Tart)

Spiderweb Tart, interior shot

I admit that my first instinct when thinking of Halloween recipes is to go for things that involve pumpkin, like pumpkin pie and pumpkin donuts. But chocolate is such an important part of the holiday (we all know it’s true) that a chocolate dessert seems to be just as good a fit, assuming that you can take more chocolate after all those snack-sized candy bars. ... Read More »

Halloween Cookie Stamps

Halloween Cookie Stamps

 These Halloween Cookie Stamps are a change from more common cookie cutters. Instead of rolling out dough and cutting out each desired shape one piece at a time, these can be used to simply stamp your design onto the surface of a piece of dough. The pressure from the stamp will flatten your ball of dough into a perfectly even cookie as you work, eliminating the ... Read More »

3D Halloween Cookie Cutters

3d halloween cookies

Halloween is not a holiday that is as baking/cooking oriented as some others are. The holiday prep in stores tends to focus on candy and decorations, and virtually no one would consider baking something homemade to hand out to trick-or-treaters (unless they were already quite familiar with the children/family in question) because the treat that they had worked so hard to put together would very ... Read More »

Honey Cake with Lemon Glaze

slice o' honey cake

 It’s Rosh Hashanah and you need something to take to a little new year celebration that your friends have invited you to. What should you make? My vote would be for a honey cake, as they are fairly traditional, easy to make and very tasty. I first spotted the recipe for this Ukrainian Honey Cake at The Wednesday Chef, where I was inspired to give ... Read More »

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone. No new recipe today (it is, after all, a national holiday), but hopefully you already have a festive batch of 4th of July Cupcakes or a Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake ready to go. Read More »

Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake

4th cake slice

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, largely because I like both cookouts and fireworks and, assuming that you live in the US, you are virtually guaranteed to have access to both today. Hamburgers and hot dogs (meat or veggie) are top choices for grillers, and nothing complements them like some grilled corn on the cob, cold cole slaw or, if you ... Read More »

4th of July Cupcake Flag

flag cupcakes up close

This 4th of July Cupcake Flag is the end result of all the chocolate and vanilla cupcakes I posted about earlier, and it would be a perfectly fitting dessert to bring to an Independence Day barbecue or other get-together. I was inspired by a cupcake flagthat I saw several months ago. I bookmarked the page with the flag’s picture, making a mental note that I needed ... Read More »

Father’s Day 07 Gift Ideas for foodie dads

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Fathers don’t seem to get the same pampering treatment that mothers enjoy on Mother’s Day, but dad still deserves a little something special for Father’s Day. Ties seem to be the standard fallback gift for Father’s Day, and while nice enough, you can do better. Like gadgets? Like drinks? The Piet Hein Drink Cooler is an ice ellipsoid (as opposed to an ice cube) made of stainless ... Read More »

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