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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 »

Kahlua French Vanilla, reviewed

Kahlua French Vanilla, mini bottle

Most of the liquor stores in my area stock a wide variety of mini bottles of various spirits near the registers. I like the mini bottles because they give you a convenient way to taste a liquor without splurging on a whole bottle of it – and they often give you just the right amount to add a splash of flavor to a recipe. This ... Read More »

5 Treats to Bake with Candy Canes

Baking with Candy Canes

I get a lot of candy canes during the holidays. I like to hang them on my Christmas tree and stir them into my coffee and hot chocolate to give some holiday flavor to my drinks. Candy canes can also be a surprisingly fun ingredient to bake with. They are a great way to infuse a little bit of holiday spirit into baked goods or ... Read More »

Limited Edition Holiday Peeps: Gingerbread, Peppermint and Sugar Cookie, reviewed

Sugar Cookie Peeps

Peeps were one of my favorite Easter candies when I was a kid and I still look forward to those brightly colored marshmallow chicks and bunnies around Easter. Over the past few years, Peeps have been branching out into other holidays with different shapes and even different flavors for different occasions! I couldn’t resist picking up their three holiday offerings this year when I saw ... Read More »

Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, reviewed

Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

The bright red packaging of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips definitely caught my eye on the baking aisle last time I was stocking up at the store. The chips are a seasonal item, just around for the Christmas holiday season. They’re creamy faux white chocolate chips that have a festive read and white look and a minty peppermint flavor. I don’t usually go for faux ... Read More »

Polder Original All-In-One Timer/Thermometer, reviewed

Polder Thermometer

The most difficult part of cooking a turkey is that it is very difficult to tell when the bird is done cooking. A turkey is so large – although the same idea applies to many other kinds and cuts of meat, as well – that it is difficult to maneuver in and out of the oven to re-check the temperature of the leg meat. Fortunately, ... Read More »

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