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Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita

Blood orange season typically runs from December through March, but this year I had a few oranges that tenaciously hung onto the tree branches until late spring and I could only think of one way to celebrate the last oranges of the season: Blood Orange Margaritas. These drinks get their vivid red color from fresh blood orange juice, which makes them really stand out if ... Read More »

PB&J Whoopie Pies

PB&J Whoopie Pie

Soft, cake-like whoopie pies are so much fun to eat that they make me feel like a kid again – even though I didn’t really eat whoopie pies as a kid. That sense comes from the fact that whoopie pies are finger food and are often a bit mess to eat, as filling ineviatably squishes out from one side or the other and gets onto ... Read More »

Dulce de Leche Creme Brûlée

Dulce De Leche Creme Brulee

Dulce de leche is an amazing milk-based caramel sauce that is very popular in Latin and South American countries, though it is found in many different countries throughout the world. It is very sweet and very rich, with a distinct flavor of caramelized milk that really sets it apart from other caramel sauces. It’s delicious and it’s addictive. It can be tempting to eat it ... Read More »

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

A pop of color usually makes baked goods stand out, whether you’re talking about berry-filled sandwich cookies or sprinkles on top of a cake. At Starbucks, they have a Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake in the case that always catches my eye, since it has a bright red ribbon running through it. It’s a tasty cake, but I knew that it was one I could easily ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Peeps

Homemade Peeps

Marshmallow Peeps are an Easter staple – or, at least, they were for me. As much as I like chocolate, I was always excited to get a package of Peeps in my Easter basket. They were cute, colorful and light enough to be the perfect contrast to a heavy chocolate egg. I still buy lots of Peeps around Easter and I’ll always have a soft ... Read More »

How to Make Royal Icing

Royal Icing

Royal icing is a hard white icing made from egg whites and confectioners’ sugar. It is described as a “hard” icing because it dries hard, unlike buttercream frostings which remain soft even after they have sat out for a long period of time. It is typically made from meringue powder, rather than fresh egg whites, because the eggs are uncooked in this type of frosting ... Read More »

Blackberry Marshmallows

Blackberry Marshmallows

I love a good marshmallow – especially when you’re talking about soft, fluffy homemade marshmallows. I’ll eat them straight out of the pan after they’ve set up, and I find that I make hot chocolate a lot more often when I have a fresh batch on hand. I typically flavor my homemade marshmallows with vanilla beans or vanilla extract, but vanilla marshmallows can be a ... Read More »

Piña Colada Bread Pudding

Pina Colada Bread Pudding

Pina coladas are a great vacation drink. They’re made with coconut, pineapple and rum, then blended with ice until everything is creamy and ice cold. The tropical flavors are enough to make you picture yourself lounging beside a pool in Hawaii. But the flavor combination in the drink doesn’t need to be limited to a poolside-cocktail, and it puts a great tropical twist on this ... Read More »

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