Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Can I refresh stale cookies?

Cookies re-baking

When it comes to cookies, the hard part about eating them is usually that you want to eat too many at a time. This is especially true of when the cookies are fresh from the oven, with soft, chewy centers and crisp edges. Add in some chocolate to those fresh from-the-oven-cookies and they are virtually irresistible. But most of the time, we manage to pace ... Read More »

What are blood oranges?

Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are a very unique-looking fruit. When you cut into an orange, you expect it to be, well, orange. Blood oranges are red inside, and can range from having a handful of red streaks inside to being so dark that they appear to be purple. Blood oranges have been cultivated for centuries, primarily in Sicily, Italy, and are grown in many Mediterranean countries. The ... Read More »

Dreyers’s Samoas Ice Cream, reviewed

Dreyers's Samoas Ice Cream

Samoas are my favorite flavor of Girl Scout cookie, so the limited edition Dreyers (Edy’s, on the East Coast) Samoas Ice Cream immediately caught my attention when I walked by the freezer case at the grocery store. The ice cream – which is available in regular and in Slow Churned Light – is a limited edition flavor that Dreyer’s releases annually from January to April, ... Read More »

How to make Lemon Sugar

Homemade lemon sugar, in progress

Homemade vanilla sugar is one ingredient that I always like to keep in the kitchen. Specked with vanilla beans, the sugar can be used in place of regular sugar in most recipes and can really boost the flavor in a cake or a batch of cookies. It’s easy to make, but it’s not the only flavored sugar option out there. Another type of sugar I ... Read More »

Grade A Maple Syrup vs Grade B

Pouring maple syrup

Glance down the syrup aisle at the grocery store and you’re likely to see what seems like a sea of options for syrups. There are tons of “pancake syrups” as well as real maple syrups to choose from. Pancake syrups are usually flavored corn syrup – not the real deal in terms of flavor or consistency, and usually not worth the price even if they’re ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix, baked

Cake mixes – as you might guess from the fact that I run a baking blog – are not something that I use very often. If I’m going to use a mix, I’d much rather it be a brownie mix. Most brownie mixes produce good, consistent results (I particularly like Ghirardelli brownie mixes) and are really easy to whip up when you need something. Plus, ... Read More »

Hot Cocoa with Heart Shaped Marshmallows

Hot Cocoa with Heart Shaped Marshmallows

If it looks like Valentine’s Day is going to be a cold one for you and your sweetheart (and, unless you’re very lucky, it probably will be chilly) you might want to think about a gift that is hot to keep both of you warm. Of course, I’m talking about hot chocolate. The You Warm My Heart Hot Cocoa Mix comes with a pair of ... Read More »

World’s Biggest Cheesecake Record Set

World's Biggest Cheesecake

I’ve seen some huge cheesecakes at various restaurants and bakeries, but not even the biggest Cheesecake Factory cheesecake comes close to the world record setting cheesecake baked in Mexico last week. The massive cheesecake weighed about 2 tons by the time it was finished! It used nearly a ton of cream cheese and yogurt – equal parts of each, along with 772 pounds of pastry ... Read More »

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