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Strawberry Creme Peeps with Dark Chocolate, reviewed

V-Day Peeps

Over the holidays, I tried quite a few limited edition Peeps and really enjoyed the novelty of having some seasonal flavors instead of the usual, and relatively plain, traditional Peeps. These Strawberry Creme Peeps are a Valentine’s Day edition that caught my eye – and I was glad to have a chance to try them out before the holiday was completely over! The Peeps are bright ... Read More »

Pillsbury Supreme Collection Red Velvet Cake, reviewed

Pillsbury Supreme Collection Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake probably comes in just behind vanilla and chocolate cakes in terms of popularity these days, so it should be no surprise to see that red velvet cake mixes are becoming much more common to allow people to easily bake their own at home. Regular cake mixes don’t usually catch my eye, but the last time I was in the baking aisle I ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate

Trader Joe’s always has interesting items near their checkout lanes, little impulse buys that you might want to pop into your cart at the last minute. Most of these items tend to be chocolate, so I suspect that quite a few people end up picking something up on their way out. I’ve been eyeing the Trader Joe’s Organic Stone Ground Salt and Pepper Dark Chocolate, but ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Flour, reviewed

Regular Trader Joe’s shoppers will have noticed that TJ’s has added a new item to their baking section in the past few weeks: Baker Josef’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. They’ve had a good Gluten Free Brownie Mix that has been around for quite a while now, and this all purpose blend should give gluten free bakers a few more options for gluten free baking ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates Processed Egg Whites

Eggology

Meringue-topped pies and angel food cakes need a lot of egg whites. It can be tempting to reach for a carton of prepackaged egg whites in the grocery store when you know you are going to need a lot, rather than separating a dozen or more whole eggs  yourself. These processed products might do in a pinch when you’re looking for a way to cut ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Crunchy Speculoos Cookie Butter, reviewed

Trader Joe's Crunchy Speculoos Cookie Butter, up close

Biscoff, a sweet spread that is made up primarily of delicious brown sugar cookies, is a foodie favorite that has been gaining popularity rapidly over the last year. The spread, also known as “cookie butter,” is typically smooth and is great for spreading on toast, cookies and even being baked into cookies and cakes. I recently saw that Trader Joe’s, which has been selling Speculoos ... Read More »

Wine at Starbucks: A Starbucks Evenings visit

Mac n' Cheese from Starbucks

Starbucks is a coffee shop, so it was a surprise to me to learn that some of their locations are now serving wine in a program called Starbucks Evenings. As part of the program, these stores serve a variety of wines and small plates dishes after 4pm. The idea is that many customers already come to Starbucks to relax and unwind with coffee, but that ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark Baking Bits, reviewed

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Peppermint was definitely the flavor of the holidays this year, and I saw more specialty peppermint goodies than ever before – and this includes products in the baking aisle, not just in the bakery case. Trader Joe’s Peppermint Bark Baking Bits are just one example of some mint-infused baking supplies that I picked up during my holiday shopping. The bits are crushed up peppermint bark, ... Read More »

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