Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Cake Wrecks and cake missteps

Cake Wrecks

When I first heard about the Cake Wrecks blog at neatorama, I expected to see an array of cakes that were poorly decorated – frosting sliding off, writing smeared, etc. Instead, the cakes were far more creative. Some were wrecks in the sense that they lacked good taste and probably seemed like funnier or better ideas before they were actually put into the reality of ... Read More »

Cookie Chip Chocolates

Chocolate chip cookies must be the pinnacle of all cookies – or else why would we be willing to spend so much time dedicated to finding the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe? I suspect that some people are just in it for the chocolate and might be willing to forgo most of the actual cookie part if it meant more chips. The idea cookie for ... Read More »

Cookies baked in a car and other hot weather favorites

homemade ice blended coffee and a pudding pop

When it gets very hot outside, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning and pour a big glass of icy cold lemonade, then simply sit around and enjoy the respite from the heat. I’m all for this approach but there are many other ways to take advantage of the summer heat. I’ve covered a number of my favorites on this site already and decided ... Read More »

Starbucks Sorbetto and Vivanno, reviewed

Banana Chocolate Vivanno

I think it’s safely established that I drink a lot of coffee – much of it homemade and some of it when I’m on the go. In summer, I tend to cut back on hot drinks in general and look for other options for refreshment. Last week, Starbucks launched two new drinks and I made it a point to try them to beat the heat. ... Read More »

Cakes by Me, reviewed

Safari Cake

Over the past few months, I’ve made quite a few birthday cakes. More than usual were for children. My usual cake decorating style is pretty simple: casual frosting application and a bit of chocolate to write happy birthday with. Piping, let alone the creation of more complex themes, are not always my favorite things to do. But kids really like their cakes to look fancy ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, reviewed

Trader Joe's Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate chips are a staple in my kitchen, as they are in almost any kitchen that is equipped with a functional oven. I keep a wide assortment of other types of chips and chocolate chunks, as well. These always include dark chocolate, milk chocolate (as opposed to the semisweet chocolate of “standard” chips) peanut butter, white chocolate and butterscotch, though I often will try out ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Vanilla Marshmallows, reviewed

Trader Joe's Vanilla Marshmallows

A few months ago, Trader Joe’s jumped on the gourmet marshmallow bandwagon and started selling peppermint marshmallows for the holiday season. They were pretty awful – overly sugary and aggressively minty – and it’s no surprise that they didn’t last long. Because of my previous experience, I was a bit apprehensive about trying out their new Vanilla Marshmallows when I saw them this week. My ... Read More »

Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Vanilla Bean Crush

Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Vanilla Bean Crush

In spite of the fact that the Cook’s Illustrated test kitchen has assured us that imitation vanilla extract is at least as good as the real thin in most baked goods, I still use real vanilla extract the majority of the time. My favorite vanilla extract is Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Vanilla Bean Extract Crush because, in addition to being a very high quality extract, it ... Read More »

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