Category Archives: Stores and Shopping

Final Cupcake Contest reminder (with a caramel reminder, too!)

TJ's Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

This is a final reminder for anyone who wants to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The contest closes to entries tonight at midnight (12/20/08 at 11:59pm PST, to get very specific!), so this is your last chance to take some photos of holiday cupcakes – whether they were made by you, your best friend, your children or your favorite local bakery – and ... Read More »

Build-a-Bear Cake Pan

Build-a-Bear Cakes

I admit that I didn’t know much about the Build-a-Bear workshop until the last year or so, when I met some kids who were big fans. It’s a cute concept: a store where kids can design custom teddy bears. If I wasn’t already familiar with the place, I would never have associated the Build-A-Bear Workshop Cake Pan with the chain of stores and would simply ... Read More »

The best frozen apple pie and key lime pie

cr's frozen pies

Sometimes there just isn’t time to bake a pie from scratch during the holidays. Company is coming, your family is traveling, or you’ve cooked so much other stuff that you’re simply not interested in starting another project. At times like this, you can buy a pie or other dessert from a favorite bakery, or you can buy  frozen pie and stick it in the oven ... Read More »

Smart Scales at the Supermarket?

Smart Scales

More and more markets these days are offering customers the option of doing a self-checkout, where you can scan your own items into an automated register instead of standing in line. These are great at some stores, but when you have a cart full of fruits and vegetables that have no real bar codes, suddenly you find yourself with a lot of sympathy for every ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

mother's day is may 11th

It’s almost the end of April, which means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The holiday falls on May 11th this year (just under two weeks away) and it’s time to get serious about shopping for something special for Mom. Last year I made up a little gift guide to provide some inspiration and decided to add a few new things to the ... Read More »

Sweet earrings for foodies

cupcakeearrings

Diamonds, gold and other precious things might be the most typical choices for jewelry, especially if you’re looking to pick out a gift. But when it comes down to it, sometime pricey certainly isn’t the only option and sometimes having fun with your jewelry can be just as satisfying. In this case (since this isn’t exactly a fashion blog), I’m talking about foodie-friendly, sweets themed ... Read More »

Where to shop for baking supplies

This week, I was interviewed by one of the new writers – Alanna, who also writes Two Fat Als- over at Slashfood. Some of you may recall that I wrote for Slashfood for quite some time. The interview is a good one and Alanna came up with some good questions. The only question I’m not sure I gave a good answer to was Where do you ... Read More »

Baker’s White Chocolate recalled

Kraft is recalling nearly 300,000 packages of Baker’s White Chocolate due to possible salmonella contamination. The packages listed in the recall are all 6-oz. “Baker’s Premium White Chocolate Baking Squares” with the UPC code 0043000252200 and one of four best-when-used-by dates: 31 March 2008 XCZ; 01 April 2008 XCZ; 02 April 2008 XCZ; and 03 April 2008 XCZ. No reports of illness have been reported ... Read More »

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