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Shortbread Lattes from Starbucks

SBL, shortbread latteLast week, the Starbucks stores in my neighborhood rolled out their holiday drinks – namely the gingerbread (yum!), peppermint mocha and eggnog lattes. I noticed that several stores had special announcements of another drink: a shortbread latte. The drink wasn’t on the regular menu board, but merely written up on the chalkboard with the …

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Batter Blaster

Batter Blaster

I like to make pancakes and waffles from scratch and, while I don’t do it every day, it’s certainly not for lack of time. A basic pancake batter takes about a minute to measure and mix, then a few minutes more to cook and consume. It doesn’t take …

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Chocolate-covered croutons

chocolate covered croutonsCroutons are small pieces of bread – usually cubes – that are toasted and used to garnish soups and salads. A variety of cheeses and spices are often incorporated for an extra kick of flavor. Chocolate is not generally one of these components, but a company called Marcy’s, which specializes in salad dressings and …

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Funfetti brownie mix

funfetti brownie mixI’m not necessarily one to endorse using boxed mixes instead of baking from scratch, but there are certainly some decent mixes out there to choose from. Brownie mixes tend to be consistently good, for example, and it’s not bad to have one on hand for chocolate emergencies (especially if you have kids who don’t …

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Fried Ice Cream ice cream

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fried ice cream ice creamFried ice cream is just what it sounds like: deep fried ice cream. It’s pretty easy to find on the menus at mexican chain restaurants, where a crispy coating of cinnamon, sugar and crumbled cornflakes seems to be the standard. If you want to fry your own, it’s a good idea to start with …

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