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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Beer Bread 101

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Beer Bread 101

The smell of homemade bread baking fresh from the oven is one of the most delicious scents you can have you in your kitchen. Homemade bread can be a time consuming project on some days, however, and you might not feel up to breaking out the yeast and waiting through a few hours’ rising time before you are able to eat that bread. One solution ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

Homemade Hummus and Pita Chips

You can never have too many snack foods when you’re planning a party, whether it is just a couple of friends coming over for a drink or a big group of people coming over to watch the big game. I always have plenty of desserts on hand, but I also have lots of savory snacks. One of my favorite savory snacks is hummus and pita ... Read More »

Baking Bites For Craftsy: A Sweet Potato Thanksgiving Side Dish

Baking Bites' Sweet Potato Souffle

Sweet potatoes almost always make it on to my Thanksgiving table. Sometimes, I serve up Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter instead of traditional mashed potatoes. Other times, I simply roast them. If you are looking for a new way to serve sweet potatoes at your holiday table, look no further than my Simple Sweet Potato Souffle (free recipe!!) on the Craftsy blog. The souffle ... Read More »

Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Loaded Potato Puffs

The 46th annual Pillsbury Bake Off competition was held last week in Las Vegas. The contest is the largest cooking contest in the world, with a grand prize of $1 million dollars for the creator of the winning recipe. For the past few years, the winning recipes have been sweet treats – cookies and other desserts – but this year the winner was something a ... Read More »

English Muffins at Model Bakery, Napa, CA

Model Bakery English Muffins

The Model Bakery has been a fixture in the Napa Valley for more than 80 years, supplying fans with freshly baked bread, pastries and other goodies. Their main location is in the town of St Helena, but the bakery recently opened up another location in downtown Napa at Oxbow Market, which makes their artisan breads even more available. When you walk into the bakery, you ... Read More »

What are Tonka Beans?

Tonka Beans

Tonka beans are an unusual spice that you don’t see in everyday cooking, but have a very unique flavor that has won them a lot of fans. The beans are actually seeds from a type of flowering tree found in South America. They are roughly an inch high, are very firm and have a somewhat wrinkly appearance. Tonka beans taste similar to vanilla beans, but ... Read More »

Omnivore Food Festival 2012 – Montreal

Gita Seaton

While I had a wonderful time doing tourist things in Montreal, the real draw for a foodie was the Omnivore Food Festival World Tour that was taking place. The Omnivore Food Festival is a fantastic festival that began in France in 2003, and has since expanded their schedule to visit a dozen cities world wide this year. This is food festival that isn’t going to ... Read More »

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain

Buying smoothies at La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market is one of my favorite spots in Barcelona. The market is a large, covered marketplace that offers everything from candied fruit to foie gras, just off La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s busiest streets. A market has been operating at the same location as far back as 1217, though the face of the market has changed many times over the years. The modern ... Read More »

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