Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

5 Perfect Pumpkin Cookies for Pumpkin Lovers

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Pumpkin pie is the first thing that most of us think of when it comes to baking with pumpkins, but pumpkin puree is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in all kinds of desserts to turn them into perfect-for-fall goodies. Whether you are making homemade puree or using canned, you’re bound to need a few ideas besides pie to use it all up. ... Read More »

‘Lette Macarons, Beverly Hills

'Lette Macarons Packaging

‘Lette Macarons is a macaron boutique based in Los Angeles. It was started by Paulette Koumetz – who the shop is named after – and chef Christophe Michala, and the intention was to bring quality French macarons to Los Angeles. The first shop and bakery opened in 2007 in Beverly Hills and that store is still there, selling macarons by the dozen to fans everyday. ... Read More »

Jacked Up Caffeinated Baking Sugar

Jacked Up Caffeinated Baking Sugar

I usually pour myself a cup of coffee in the morning, both because I love coffee and to give myself a little pick-me-up to get my day started. And so do millions of other people. Coffee, tea, sodas and energy drinks are our main sources of caffeine. Chocolate contains a small amount, but you’ll still have to pair that chocolate with a more traditional caffeine ... Read More »

The Helms Bakery Truck, Culver City, CA

Nicholas at the Helms Bakery Truck

The Helms Bakery was a southern California fixture for decades, from 1931 to 1969. Their slogan was “Daily at Your Door” and their products were delivered throughout southern California by delivery wagons packed with fresh loaves of bread, donuts, cookies and cake. Their main facility was in Culver City, Los Angeles and is still a landmark for the area, now hosting a number of restaurants ... Read More »

What is imitation vanilla?

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a staple ingredient for bakers and I use it in almost every one of my recipes.¬†Vanilla beans are the most expensive form of vanilla and are a popular choice when making ice creams and custards, where you really want to see the seeds from the vanilla pods. Vanilla extract¬†is the most commonly used form of vanilla and it is an alcohol solution that ... Read More »

6 Cool Treats to Beat a Heat Wave

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When it is hot outside, nothing tastes better than something cold to help cool you down. These sweet, refreshing treats are fun to make even when it is hot out and they are all best served cold! Popsicles of all kinds are kids’ favorites in hot weather. You can skip the ice cream truck by making Homemade Fudgsicles. These chocolaty pops are easy to make ... Read More »

How to Pair Wine with Dessert

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Wine is usually paired with savory items. When you go to a restaurant and they offer wine pairings, more often than not these pairings only extend to the appetizers and entrees – not to dessert, which is paired with only coffee more often than not. I love coffee, but I am also a fan of wine, and wine – believe it or not – can ... Read More »

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