Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Peeps S’Mores

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Like so many others, I am more than happy to eat Peeps – those deliciously sugar-coated, brightly colored holiday marshmallows – raw, especially around Easter when Just Born puts out their traditional yellow chicks and purple bunnies. These days, they put out quite a few more colors, more shapes and more flavors (like the Cocoa Bunnies), as well as offering a sugar-free Peep, but in ... Read More »

Groom’s cake for the kid at heart

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It’s true that weddings are supposed to be for “grown-ups,” but there is nothing wrong with a little nostalgia on your big day – and yes, the big day should be something special for the grooms, as well as for the brides! This basically means that you should be able to indulge in whatever your favorite celebration foods are, regardless of how untraditional they are. ... Read More »

Candy Corn Cookies

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Brachs Candy Corn are one of the great things about Halloween. They are small, sugary lumps that vaguely resemble corn kernals (think of the yellow end facing outward) and I, for some unknown reason, can’t seem to stop eating them. Oh well. They only come out once a year, so I can’t feel too bad about bringing a bag home. I picked up another bag ... Read More »

A semi-successful mousse

In the neverending search for healthier desserts, I tried making a mousse with yogurt instead of whipping cream. I was inspired by my frozen yogurt recipe, which tastes wonderful even before it’s frozen. I found a CIA recipe for Chocolate Yogurt Mousse, so it seemed like the idea wasn’t entirely farfetched, but I wanted to make use of the fresh strawberries I had. The upshot ... Read More »

SHF# 10: Homemade Violet Crumble

My entry for this month’s Sugar High Friday┬ácomes from my addiction to Violet Crumble. Ok, ok. I am overstating things a bit. It’s not an addiction because, frankly, it has always been difficult to get the stuff in the States. Fortunately for me, it is becoming much more common in stores and markets. Violet Crumble is Australia’s most famous candy bar. It is a delicate, ... Read More »

Pic of my Pillsbury Bakeoff entry: Red, White and Blue Upside Down Cake

Red raspberries, blueberries and white cake. Gorgeous? You bet. Upside down cakes, particularly the pineapple variety, are an American tradition. I’m personally not a huge fan of the pineapple ones, as they tend to be too sweet. Of course, I’ve never made one myself and when you can tailor something to your individual tastes it does tend to improve. These types of cakes have a ... Read More »

Cherry Pie

I learned a few things about cherry pie yesterday. First, my crust was incredibly flakey and browned very well with an egg-white wash and generous sprinkling of coarse sugar. Second, frozen cherries work very well when you don’t have time to pit 2 pounds of fresh cherries. I used sweet cherries and reduced the sugar called for by most recipes from 1 cup to 1/2 ... Read More »

Jellied Root Beer Floats

Thank you elise for picking such a great theme. Gelatin really set me off on a series of recipes that I wouldn’t ordinarily have made. Beyond making Jello as a child, rather poorly, I might add, I had no experience with gelatin before this event. I seem to be a bit hooked at the moment, though. Gelatin is very easy to work with and can ... Read More »

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