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Bites from other Blogs

  • Chocolate mousse is a great way to end a meal, but it can feel a bit heavy because it is so rich, even though the mousse itself might be fluffy in texture. Adding a hint of mint in an After Dinner Mint Mouse as Nami Nami did, lightens up the flavor and gives you a refreshing finish to dinner. The mousse actually uses After Eight After Dinner Mints, so you might want to stock up on a box or two before you set out to make this treat.
  • Granola is so easy to make and can be a nutritious and filling way to start the day. Cookie Baker Lynn posted a tempting sounding Almond Vanilla Granola recipe that uses lots of oats, flaxseeds and almonds, and a minimal amount of added oil. The recipe is heart healthy and sized right: a full batch is perfect for one or two people to much their way through. Use it with fruit and granola to make a crunchy breakfast parfait!
  • And speaking of healthy breakfast options, the Banana Blueberry Muffin Cake from Karina’s Kitchen is vegan and gluten free, in addition to being packed with fruit. Karina chose to use a homemade mix of gluten free flours – including buckwheat flour, sorghum flour and tapioca starch – but I suspect that you could get away with using a store-bought mix of gluten free flour to make things a little easier, especially if you don’t normally bake gluten free and don’t have some of the more unusual flours around as staples.
  • Elise prefers cooking over baking, but when she bakes the results are guaranteed to be just as delicious as her more savory recipes. Her Apple Upside-Down Cake (actually her Dad’s cake) looks fantastic, a cakier riff on Tarte Tatin. For the cake, apples are cooked in caramel on the stovetop until they are just tender. The apples are poured into a pan, then topped with a cornmeal-laced, buttery cake batter before being baked. Best served with vanilla ice cream.
  • If you’re a fan of melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, you will probably love Batter-Splattered‘s Spoon Cookies. The ultra tender cookies are made with a very simple dough that features the flavor of browned butter. They get their name because they are shaped with a spoon, giving them a signature dome shape. Sandwich the cookies with a layer of jam for some extra flavor, or enjoy them plain with a cup of tea in place of your usual shortbread (or other favorite tea cookie).
  • Lemon bars are one of those bake sale staples that never seem to go out of style, but like all classics, it’s natural to get a little bored with them over time even though you love them in general. Slow Like Honey‘s Sunny Citrus Squares are a great take on the traditional recipe. The bars have a whole grain crust that is spiked with orange juice. The filling uses a combination of lemon and lime – juice and zest – to turn out a treat with a really bright, fresh flavor.

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  • Sarah
    January 28, 2009

    I really like these posts. I like finding new great food blogs to read.


  • Carole R.
    January 28, 2009

    As always Bytes from Other Blogs was fantastic. I always find a couple of new blogs to explore and it gives me blogs to review on my blog.

    Thanks, again

  • Karina
    January 29, 2009

    Hey- What a sweet surprise to find this link to my cake- ironically, as I am eating a slice. In bed. In Marina del Rey. Thanks for the shout-out! Have a great week. Karina

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