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  • Stained Glass Cookies

    Flourish - King Arthur Flour's blog
    MaryJane Robbins
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I have to admit that when it comes to holiday candy, I’m a “day after” kind of gal. I shop for my Valentine’s chocolates on Feb. 15, I shop for my Halloween fun-sized goodies after November 1st, etc. etc. etc.  However, there is one exception… Easter candy. I love Easter candy and will start buying jelly beans and gumdrops as soon as they start appearing on shelves. I truly believe that chocolate bunnies are meant to be scoops for peanut butter and that a Reese’s peanut butter egg is the best shape ever for a peanut butter cup. (It just tastes better that…
  • Aloha Beijing! The Great Wall of China

    Nonstop Honolulu
    Melissa Chang
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    As mentioned in my initial travel post, it’s been 30 years since I was last in Beijing. One of the highlights of my last visit here was visiting The Great Wall, which was started as early as 7th Century B.C. as several walls, and joined together over centuries to create the world wonder that we see today — even from space. It takes about an hour and a half to get from Beijing proper out to one of three tourist posts commonly accessed on the wall (there are actually a couple dozen spots you can go to). We went to Mutianyu, which is the closest, and probably the most touristy. Since it…
  • Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecakes

    BoB - Bake or Break
    Jennifer McHenry
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Cheesecake has long been a personal favorite, dating back to when my mother would make those no-bake box mixes. Over the years, I’ve made many a cheesecake myself, although I tend to like the homemade versions better. It’s simple to make your own cheesecakes, especially if you go the no-bake route. This particular recipe combines just a handful of ingredients […]
  • Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights

    The Fresh Loaf
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights Submitted by ligongsi on April 18, 2014 - 8:02pm.Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights is often a must 6 Your makeup structure and personality ought to always be considered when you decide your eye wear The following information enlists the many hierba luisa tea advantages which show to be profoundly advantageous for your well being  , is one of the most significant wholesalers in China for iphone components and neat gadgets To explain, have you will ever messed around with the idea of becoming an expert game tester? Growth within the video performance…
  • Stripes and Sequins

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    I always assumed that when I hit 35 weeks or so, I’d basically go into hiding for the last few weeks of pregnancy, given that it’s not the most flattering time and I probably wouldn’t really be in the mood to photo-document it.  But then… I started getting excited that I finally looked so very pregnant.  Sure, none of my clothes fit.  Sure, my feet are swollen and high heels are less comfortable than they were eight months ago.  But it’s kind of fun to see this big belly in photos, and I found myself getting even more excited about taking…
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    Nonstop Honolulu

  • Aloha Beijing! The Great Wall of China

    Melissa Chang
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    As mentioned in my initial travel post, it’s been 30 years since I was last in Beijing. One of the highlights of my last visit here was visiting The Great Wall, which was started as early as 7th Century B.C. as several walls, and joined together over centuries to create the world wonder that we see today — even from space. It takes about an hour and a half to get from Beijing proper out to one of three tourist posts commonly accessed on the wall (there are actually a couple dozen spots you can go to). We went to Mutianyu, which is the closest, and probably the most touristy. Since it…
  • Aloha Beijing! Our first day

    Melissa Chang
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    We had a fairly uneventful 11 hours flying from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airines’ inaugural to Bejing — me, more than others, since my sorority sister Gerri Umby surprised me by placing me in a row all by myself so I could sleep! Upon landing, we simply headed to the Westin Beijing Chaoyang and had a mellow day eating breakfast, shopping nearby, and getting settled in. ◄ Back Next ► Aloha Beijing! (1 of 28) Off the plane and on the bus to the hotel! Sherrie, Mike and Jamie are a fun bunch. Ah, but it was after the big gala that the fun began! Mr. Tsukasa “Haru”…
  • Fashion producer Lynne O’Neill rules the runway

    Amanda Stevens
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    When you hear the term, New York Fashion Week, the first thoughts that may come to mind are haute couture, international designers and top models. Perhaps you should add another to that list — Hawaii’s own Lynne O’Neill. Her career spans more than 30 years of runway show production in New York. O’Neill’s reputation as a New York Fashion Week producer is so epic that Margaret Cho played a colorful version of her in an episode of “Sex and the City” titled, “The Real Me.” If you’re a fan of the show, that’s the episode when Carrie…
  • Do this! April 17-19

    Tracy Chan
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    ◄ Back Next ► Emma Hewitt (1 of 8) Trance/EDM vocal star Australian-born Emma Hewitt headlines a show at Republik, with her VJ coming along to provide mind-blowing visuals and lights. The beautiful voice behind hits like US Billboard Chart-topper "Carry Me Away," Cosmic Gate's "Not Enough Time" and Dash Berlin's hit, "Waiting," Emma has sold out concerts all over the world... and for good reason. Here's "Waiting" with Emma Hewitt and Dash Berlin: The Republik; Thursday, April 17 at 9 p.m.; $30 presale, available at; 18+
  • Prize alert: Win Kimie’s latest albums

    Nonstop Honolulu
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:11 am
    (Sponsored post) If you’re a fan of soulful singer/songwriter Kimie, here’s your chance to get signed copies of her albums. On Tuesday, the local singer released her latest video, “New Day” (see below). Free downloads of the single were available to those who viewed her pre-video, which actually was an April Fool’s Day prank and ad for First Insurance Company of Hawaii. Kimie’s new album, still untitled, will be released this summer. Here are the prizes and the dates of each contest: April 17: Signed “To the Sea” Kimie Album April 18: Winner announced…
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  • Stained Glass Cookies

    MaryJane Robbins
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    I have to admit that when it comes to holiday candy, I’m a “day after” kind of gal. I shop for my Valentine’s chocolates on Feb. 15, I shop for my Halloween fun-sized goodies after November 1st, etc. etc. etc.  However, there is one exception… Easter candy. I love Easter candy and will start buying jelly beans and gumdrops as soon as they start appearing on shelves. I truly believe that chocolate bunnies are meant to be scoops for peanut butter and that a Reese’s peanut butter egg is the best shape ever for a peanut butter cup. (It just tastes better that…
  • Hobo Stew

    MaryJane Robbins
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Ah, the Ides of April. The taxman cometh, death and taxes, etc., etc., etc.  I promise you I was honest on my tax return, but I’ve already fibbed in this post. I’ll tell you where my little white lie lies at the end. I’ll be honest, too, that when the idea of a Hobo Stew post came up in our blog planning meetings, I had never heard of it. Having taught pre-school for years, I was very familiar with Stone Soup, but not a clue about the stew. Fellow blogger PJ sent me some online links to get me started, and I was relieved to see that Hobo Stew and Stone Soup had a lot in…
  • Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits

    PJ Hamel
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Five minutes. The amount of time it takes to, what? Eat a quick breakfast. Scan your inbox between meetings. Run a mile, if you’re a pretty good marathoner. Or, as I recently discovered, put together Cheddar, Herb, and Garlic Biscuits, from scratch. Yup, 5 minutes – more or less. Keep reading, you’ll see what I mean. Now, the clock isn’t starting until I’ve gathered my ingredients, OK? Plus, I’d best get my oven going; it’ll take longer than 5 minutes to preheat to 425°F. Here we have King Arthur Unbleached Self-Rising Flour, a nice, “soft”…
  • Gluten-Free Hot Cross Biscuits

    Amy Trage
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Ok, if you aren’t a Crosby, Stills & Nash fan, you may not get my title; but after a childhood with them as a staple portion of our background noise at home and sing-a-along in the car, I just couldn’t help myself. Their music is part of my culture – a piece of my upbringing that transports me to some of the fondest memories of my father’s musical influence. I can easily and vividly recall driving – newly licensed and windows down – with my friend, Maria, and this legendary band competing with the wind in our ears. And if you listen carefully to more of their…
  • Lemon Meringue Angel Food Cake

    MaryJane Robbins
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Lemons are yellow, but color me green with envy right now. Despite the several inches of snow we still have in our yard here in Vermont, I know there are parts of the country where folks are already starting to harvest fresh fruits and veggies. Boy oh boy, what I wouldn’t give to see even a few green buds at this point. I’m not going to let myself succumb to the green-eyed monster, though. In fact, I’m going to give him a makeover and turn him into a golden-eyed angel, in the form of light and lovely angel food cake. To take it one step further, he’ll get a new hairdo…
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  • Strawberry No-Bake Cheesecakes

    Jennifer McHenry
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Cheesecake has long been a personal favorite, dating back to when my mother would make those no-bake box mixes. Over the years, I’ve made many a cheesecake myself, although I tend to like the homemade versions better. It’s simple to make your own cheesecakes, especially if you go the no-bake route. This particular recipe combines just a handful of ingredients […]
  • Cinnamon-Shortbread Icebox Cookie Stacks {Plus a Duchy Originals Giveaway}

    Jennifer McHenry
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Back in the early days of BoB, I shared the always-popular classic Chocolate Wafer Icebox Cake. If you aren’t familiar with it, the idea is quite a simple one. Cookies are layered with sweetened whipped cream, refrigerated, and then quickly devoured. Recently, Duchy Originals sent me some of their shortbreads to try. I quickly decided that they were so good […]
  • Blueberry Shortcake Cookies {Plus a Q Squared Giveaway}

    Jennifer McHenry
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Fresh local blueberries are still a little while away here, but luckily my usual grocery spot had some really nice non-local ones recently. I’ve so been looking forward to berry season, so I just couldn’t resist. These cookies are a bit of a breakfast-dessert hybrid. They’re almost biscuit-like, yet they’re sweet enough to work well for dessert. That’s baking versatility […]
  • BoB’s Best Easter Desserts

    Jennifer McHenry
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    When it comes time to think about a special dessert for Easter, the first thoughts I have are usually of fruity or creamy desserts. I like to see beautiful cakes, delicious cheesecakes, fruity cobblers. It’s about the only time of year I dial down the chocolate. If you’re looking for a special dessert for Easter, I am here to help! […]
  • Berry-Pecan Streusel Bread

    Jennifer McHenry
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    You may remember that I have been doing some spring cleaning, which already led to some lovely blondies. I found all sorts of ingredient odds and ends that have inspired me to make all sorts of things. Next up in spring cleaning recipes is this wonderfully delicious quick bread. I took advantage of some partial bags of dried fruits, my […]
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  • Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights Submitted by ligongsi on April 18, 2014 - 8:02pm.Getting BMW Angel Eyes Headlights is often a must 6 Your makeup structure and personality ought to always be considered when you decide your eye wear The following information enlists the many hierba luisa tea advantages which show to be profoundly advantageous for your well being  , is one of the most significant wholesalers in China for iphone components and neat gadgets To explain, have you will ever messed around with the idea of becoming an expert game tester? Growth within the video performance…
  • Wicker Easter Basket

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Wicker Easter Basket Submitted by vickishlove on April 18, 2014 - 7:58pm.Ok so im planning  on baking this: sure if to only prepare the dough and store it on the refrigerator and bake it on Sunday?Or, bake all of it on Saturday and store it on the refrigerator or leave it outside 'till Sunday.
  • Questions about ankarsrum mixer (aka DLX or assistent)

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Questions about ankarsrum mixer (aka DLX or assistent)Submitted by bshuval on April 18, 2014 - 2:03pm.Hi all,Today I bought a brand new ankarsrum original mixer. I understand that the roller and scraper are the most useful for making bread doughs, and converting bread recipes to this mixer should be straight forward. What I am wondering about are other types of recipes. Here are my questions, and I hope I can get answers for them:1. To make a pound cake, do I use the roller and SS bowl, or the wire cookie beaters and the plastic bowl? The cookie beaters look very flimsy tO me.2. Can you make…
  • Problem with pasta dough that separates

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Problem with pasta dough that separatesSubmitted by pkeibel on April 18, 2014 - 12:32pm.I normally have no problem making my pasta dough ( I usually make pasta 2-3 times/month) I use the basic pasta recipe from the King Arthur pasta class ( flour / eggs/ olive oil).  One or twice though, when I'm kneading the dough, it starts to "separate" rather than coming together.  I'm letting my dough rest right now, and I'm hoping the gluten will help have it come together before I put it through my pasta machine.  Does anyone know why this separation happens ? And if so - is there anything I can do…
  • All Butter Maple Walnut Coconut Almond Vanilla Chocolate Chip Banana Whole Wheat Volcannoli!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    All Butter Maple Walnut Coconut Almond Vanilla Chocolate Chip Banana Whole Wheat Volcannoli!Submitted by andychrist on April 18, 2014 - 11:53am.w/Nutmeg, Cinnamon & Lemon Zest.These Tops Are Bottoms... Again.
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  • Stripes and Sequins

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:53 am
    I always assumed that when I hit 35 weeks or so, I’d basically go into hiding for the last few weeks of pregnancy, given that it’s not the most flattering time and I probably wouldn’t really be in the mood to photo-document it.  But then… I started getting excited that I finally looked so very pregnant.  Sure, none of my clothes fit.  Sure, my feet are swollen and high heels are less comfortable than they were eight months ago.  But it’s kind of fun to see this big belly in photos, and I found myself getting even more excited about taking…
  • Baby Bump: 37 Weeks!

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    The other night, as I was getting in bed, I was complaining about some little annoying pregnancy-related issue — the fact that I can’t take full breaths anymore, or my fleeting but excruciating back pain, or one of the other many symptoms that have made me a little bit whiny for the last few weeks. And Chad looked over at me and goes: “You know… you won’t be pregnant forever, and then you’ll have the rest of your life to not feel like this.  Why not enjoy the last few days of this pregnancy while you can?” I kind of looked at him,…
  • The Cake that Wasn’t…

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    From Instagram: This is why you don’t let a pregnant lady go grocery shopping without a list… So, here’s how I feel about pregnancy cravings, or basically any craving: When you’re talking about an actual craving, whether it’s for mangoes or broccoli or cheeseburgers or birthday cake, that is your body and brain, together, deciding that you need to consume that item right now.  And when that happens, I listen up.  I go out to the store and grab a green apple or a cake pop and happily consume it, enjoy it, and then let the craving pass. Here’s what…
  • texas sunset

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    I’ve gotten a bunch of questions about whether I’m doing a maternity photoshoot, and the answer is, most likely, unless anything changes in the next few days: No, I’m not. I flirted with the idea of one around the time that we were planning my baby shower — I actually reached out to a photographer to see if we could do a maternity shoot and cover the shower on the same day, but, unfortunately, they were out of town that weekend, and after that the idea just kind of fell off my radar. I’m fine with this decision, and truly don’t think I’ll regret it…
  • Baby Bump: 36 Weeks!

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    It’s no secret that for the past few weeks, I’ve been extremely nervous about our upcoming new addition.  Some of it was hormones, some of it was first time mom jitters, and some of it was probably just me being nervous for a huge life change right around the corner.  But, for whatever reason, it seems to have lifted this week!  I know this baby is going to be a ton of work, and I know the next few weeks and months are going to be incredibly draining, but now when I think about the baby coming… I am Just.  So.  Excited. There’s still a little…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Easter Desserts

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Easter time is upon us and we always love coming up with cute treats for you to have at your celebrations!  Pricing on everything is at the bottom.  We will have some Easter desserts at the front counter the Wednesday before Easter and through the weekend, but we will be closed on Easter day.  We also recommend if you want a lot of desserts or anything in particular that you call ahead or email with an order since we do tend to sell out quickly of certain items! Up first our naked carrot cake with cute little embellishments. French macarons are super popular and so we made lots of…
  • How Sweet it is to be a Mom!

    27 Mar 2014 | 10:03 am
    So excited to be partnering with Annie Vovan Photography and offering her sessions at our bakery!  She is titling the shoot “How Sweet it is to be a Mom”! She will be shooting 2 days and has limited spots so check out her website for the full details here!
  • Valentine’s Day Desserts

    4 Feb 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Valentine’s Day at Sweet & Saucy Shop is one of our favorite times!  Who doesn’t love hearts, xo’s, and lots of pink and red!  Well we have lots of yummy  treats below for you that you can pick up in store at both of our locations and we can also ship some of them out of state as well so make sure and pre order your goodies today! Ombre horizontal ruffle buttercream – 6″ – $80, 8″ – $100, 10″ – $140. Rosette buttercream 6″ – $65, 8″ – $85, 10″- $125.   Red velvet naked layer cake with gold…
  • Our new bakery! Sweet & Saucy Shop Bixby Knolls

    28 Dec 2013 | 4:50 pm
    Well this post is WAY too long overdue, but my life is crazy busy these days so I do most of my posting on instagram and facebook, but I definitely wanted to share the photos of our move to our new Long Beach bakery in Bixby Knolls!  We started out at our humble location 4.5 yrs ago on Stearns & Palo Verde and had many great memories throughout those years!  The journey has been amazing, super hard, exciting, overwhelming, and fabulous all rolled into one! I have been so blessed to have my mother as my business partner & co-owner and I wouldn’t want it any other way!  My…
  • Christmas Desserts

    6 Dec 2013 | 4:58 pm
    Well it is full swing over here at Sweet & Saucy Shop!  Christmas season is upon us and we have tons of fun and delicious treats for you to order for your various celebrations!  At the bottom is a price list and you can call into either shop or email for your order!  We do carry some stuff in the front on a daily basis, but it sells out quick and we definitely recommend pre-ordering to make sure you get what you want this holiday season! Christmas cake pops in ornaments, santa hats and snowmen! Cutest Christmas french macaron options below! New naked layer cake options!  Gingerbread…
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    Jenny Bakes

  • Chocolate Party Cake AKA Stress Cake

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    I needed a cake for a party and hit the internet for inspiration.  I kept seeing accolades for the Double Chocolate Layer Cake from Gourmet Magazine, March 1999, thankfully preserved on the Epicurious recipe website.  This recipe makes a TON.  It calls for two 10x2 round pans, which I do not have in my collection.  The batter filled three 9" round pans plus two 1 cup ramekins.  SO MUCH CAKE. Since I was bringing a cake to a gathering with only four people, I used exactly half the cake layers in my first rendition of the cake - one whole round split in two…
  • Paleo Banana Bread Redux

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Somehow I am trapped in this cycle of making the same recipes and not having a lot of new things to post about.  When we were trapped at home (in South Carolina) with snow and ice, twice, I made paleo banana bread.  Snow always has meant sweet treats but sweet can be healthier too.I used the same paleo banana bread recipe from before, once as bread, and once as muffins with various ingredients folded in.  I actually think the recipe shines best in loaf form, but I have always had to bake it considerably longer than the recipe states.  My bananas might be bigger than your…
  • Pop Tart Party

    16 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Earlier this year, a few co-workers planned a pop tart making party.  After work, we drove in a caravan over to B's home with pop tart fillings in tow.  Two people had made doughs to try, and we spent a few hours rolling out dough, filling it, baking the tarts, and tasting our concoctions. Some of the best fillings:-Cinnamon sugar (recipe below)-Prune (I based it on the apricot filling on this page but used prunes instead) -Apricot jam-Nutella Some of the challenging fillings:-Smores. Oh this sounds like SUCH a good idea right but the marshmallow burns out and leaves a gaping…
  • How to Say Welcome - Crumb Cake

    18 Jan 2014 | 6:21 pm
    We recently welcomed a new music librarian at the university where I work.  I used to be the music librarian but had moved into a new position, and found it difficult impossible to do both jobs, particularly since it involved two buildings and two offices.  I am very excited about the librarian we hired! In my work culture, we have a time each day where many of the staff members and maybe a few of the librarians gather for break in the main library.  On days of celebration, we have "official" breaks - welcome breaks, goodbye and good luck breaks, birthday breaks,…
  • Review of Martha Stewart's Cakes and Chocolate Hazelnut Meringue Cake

    13 Jan 2014 | 2:00 am
    Martha Stewart's Cakes: 150 Recipes for Layer Cakes, Loaves, Bundts, Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, and More by Martha Stewart LivingMy rating: 4 of 5 starsSimilar in look and feel to Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites, this cookbook will have something for everyone. There are a few updated recipes for specific diets (a sprinkling of gluten-free) but most of these recipes are solid, traditionally based cakes. There are as many recipes for bundts and loaves as there are for layer cakes, so this cookbook puts more emphasis on simplicity of form.
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    Real Baking with Rose Levy Beranbaum

  • The Rose Scale by Escali

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    As most of you know, I am a major proponent of weighing ingredients rather than using volume. My first book, The Cake Bible, was the first cookbook for the home baker to use ounces and grams as well as cups. That was over 25 years ago and gradually the wonderfully precise and near effortless process of weighing for baking has caught on. I knew that it was here to stay when Escali, maker of the finest scales for laboratory and home baking, contacted me about producing a scale with my name and criteria. The Rose Scale is a beautifully designed scale of the highest quality and durability. Its…
  • The Secret Shelf Life of Arrowroot

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Arrowroot is used as a thickener for sauces and glazes. It is made from a tropical rhizome (underground stem). I like using it for glazes to top fruit on a tart, pie, or cake because it has a slight sparkle and also because it starts to thicken long before the boiling point so does not cause the fruit to soften. Although cornstarch, also an effective thickener (when allowed to come to a full boil), has an indefinite shelf life if stored in an air-tight moisture-proof container, I have found arrow root to have a limited shelf life. As a result of my move from New York, I discovered I had three…
  • My Birthday Cake at the Lincoln

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    As so many people asked the inevitable question: who is baking your birthday cake?here is the answer: To begin with, we had an astonishingly delicious dinner at the Lincoln Ristorante at Lincoln Center. This was my first visit for dinner, having had a glass of wine at the bar awhile back accompanied by an assortment of bread and one of the best olive oils I had ever tasted. I have to confess that I had made a serious error by reserving at the Smith at Lincoln Center and only discovered this when I called the Lincoln to tell them that after driving 2 hours from NJ we were still caught up in…
  • 14th Annual Great American Pie Festival

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    This sounds like so much fun I've volunteered to be a judge next year! Event: 14th Annual APC Great American Pie Festival Who: American Pie Council Location: Celebration, FL Date: Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, and Noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday Description: The town of Celebration, Florida will become the Pie Capital of the World on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27, 2014, when thousands of pie lovers, tasters and bakers gather together for the 14th Annual American Pie Council's Great American Pie Festival. Help preserve America's pie…
  • Rose Knows (Eat Your Books)

    2 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Here is the link to my latest Food Arts article. This information could change your culinary life! click here
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    Nosh With Me

  • The Counter #theNEWgoods and a Giveaway

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Disclosure: The Counter provided me with gift cards to enjoy a meal for the purpose of this blog post. I happen to love The Counter, so I jumped at the chance! I’m what some people may consider a picky eater. I’m very particular about what I like and don’t like, and that coupled with the […]
  • Passover Desserts

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Are you in charge of desserts for the Passover seders? Have no fear, I’ve got you covered with lots of delicious treats! Our faves are the Chocolate Walnut Cookies, Chocolate Chip Meringues, and of course, Matzo Brittle. Have a great Pesach! Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookies Passover Mandelbrot Chocolate Chip Meringues Flourless Chocolate Cake Matzo Brittle […]
  • Chocolate Tour of Beverly Hills

    23 Mar 2014 | 8:57 am
    A few months ago, I noticed a deal on Amazon Local for a chocolate walking tour of Beverly Hills. As you know by now, I love sweets, especially chocolate, so this was right up my alley! Plus, I hadn’t tried half of the shops on the list, so this was the perfect excuse to finally […]
  • Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I haven’t been posting much lately, but that is about to change. I’ve been working at home for myself since last April, so I haven’t had regular guinea pigs to try new recipes out on. But…I’ll be starting a new job next week which means lots of coworkers who hopefully like sweets! And coworkers who […]
  • One Bowl Chocolate Cake

    26 Jan 2014 | 12:47 pm
    I love baking, but doing the dishes is a whole other story. When I find complex recipes that I know I must try, I tend to break up the steps and get as much stuff done in advance so I don’t have to wash and rewash dishes all day. So when I discover recipes like […]
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    Sweet Happy Life

  • Lyrid Meteor Shower 2014: Perfect for Little Scientists!

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    Ever since we visited the Hayden Planetarium in December, the munchkin has been fascinated by space. And while this morning's blood moon happened behind a cloudy sky here in Vermont, fingers crossed we won't miss the annual Lyrid meteor shower.
  • Fluffy & Sweet Snacking Bread

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    This fluffy and sweet snacking bread was inspired by a traditional recipe for Portuguese Sweet Bread, as well as my reading of Brandon Sanderson's 'The Way of Kings.'
  • Can You Canoe? (Song of the Month)

    22 Mar 2014 | 1:28 am
    We recently discovered the folksy tunes of the Okee Dokee Brothers and our favorite song is 'Can You Canoe.' Have you heard it? It's become one of those songs we always sing together in the car or while baking in the kitchen.
  • The Many Uses of a Simple Homemade Blueberry Sauce

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I love recipes that can turn even the simplest meal into something special. Take this no-fuss homemade blueberry sauce. It requires only a few minutes to put together and a mere handful of ingredients. When it's done cooking, you can store it in the fridge for up to two weeks and use it on everything from waffles and pancakes to ice cream and yogurt.
  • Sinister Liquid (Watercolor Painting with Droppers)

    13 Mar 2014 | 6:39 am
    The other day we tried a new art activity where we used droppers to drip watercolor pigments onto paper. I called it 'Dropper Painting' but within a few moments the munchkin decided it was something else entirely. This was not dropper painting. Oh no. It was something far more 'sinister.'
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    Baking Bites

  • Dulce de Leche Creme Brûlée

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Dulce de leche is an amazing milk-based caramel sauce that is very popular in Latin and South American countries, though it is found in many different countries throughout the world. It is very sweet and very rich, with a distinct flavor of caramelized milk that really sets it apart from other caramel sauces. It’s delicious and it’s addictive. It can be tempting to eat it straight out of the can or jar that it came in, but it is also wonderful to work with in the kitchen and I frequently use it in other desserts, from Dulce de Leche Brownies to these Dulce de Leche Creme…
  • 7 Delicious Easter Dessert Ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Easter is a holiday that many people associate with deviled eggs, chocolate eggs and coffee cake, since it is a Sunday holiday that is marked by early morning egg hunts, candy-filled baskets and leisurely family time. I love deviled eggs and coffee cake as much as anyone, but they’re not the only Easter-appropriate foods out there. Serve the deviled eggs and put out the chocolate, too, but mix things up with one of these seven delicious Easter desserts for a change of pace. You might think that you have enough chocolate already, but Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes are a great addition…
  • Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold, reviewed

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    I was excited when I first saw the Wilton Peeps Silicone Mold because it looked like such an easy way to make your own look-a-like Peeps for Easter. Making homemade Peeps is fun, but it can be a bit challenging to get the shapes just right when you first start out, so a silicone pan that would do all the work for you seemed like a fantastic idea to a marshmallow-lover like me. The silicone pan has a dozen cavities for making both chick and bunny Peeps – or other Peep-shaped goodies. The silicone is very flexible, which makes it a good choice of material for shapes this much detail on…
  • Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    A pop of color usually makes baked goods stand out, whether you’re talking about berry-filled sandwich cookies or sprinkles on top of a cake. At Starbucks, they have a Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake in the case that always catches my eye, since it has a bright red ribbon running through it. It’s a tasty cake, but I knew that it was one I could easily make at home – and now that I have, this just might be one of my favorite pound cakes, especially for springtime snacking, when colorful treats always seem to be in style. The pound cake is a vanilla buttermilk pound cake, with a…
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  • Hello world!
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
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    Cream Puffs In Venice

  • Small Cookies. Big Dreams.

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    I’m sure we have all heard the adage that good things come in little packages. I am managing to survive these still-too-cold early days of Spring by focusing on this concept. My theory is that if I think of the arrival of Spring as a series of small packages that Nature will give us, one warm day-at-a-time and bit-by-bit, that I will inspire myself to make it through yet another day of wearing my winter coat. I look forward to seeing tiny buds unfurling on trees (soon) and the colourful heads of tulips peeping out from the ground (soon). To be added to the list of small and pretty things…
  • Let There Be Cake. Beautiful Cake.

    30 Mar 2014 | 8:26 pm
    In the long, dark and cold stretch that was this past winter (it has passed finally ... right?!), cake was the light. Cookies have always been my joy, but in these past months I have found a new pleasure in baking and decorating cakes. This desire to make cakes has manifest itself in many, many delicious creations, but the ones I have enjoyed the most, have been the simplest. I have found no-end of pleasure in swirling cake batter to create the a marbling effect. What Nature does to stone over thousands and thousands of years you can do to cake batter with the lightest touch of a knife. And I…
  • World Nutella Day: I’m Late. I Bring Doughnuts to Make Amends.

    8 Mar 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Sometimes it's hard for me to believe that there was a time in my life when I could be counted on for never, ever being late. In fact, I could usually be counted on to arrive early. I was always the one to get there first and buy the movie tickets or secure the table for the group. Not so much these days. Case-in-point: I am seriously (hopefully not inexcusably late) for World Nutella Day. (Hangs head in shame.) Before I beg for your forgiveness, let's take a moment to thank Sara of Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle of Bleeding Espresso for creating this event. As the World Nutella Day…
  • Love Treats

    8 Feb 2014 | 7:51 pm
    It is almost Love Day (that's what I like to call Valentine's Day). I think it's probably one of my favourite celebrations of the year to bake for. I decided to get in the mood with one of my very favourite coookies. I have some other treats that I can't wait to get to as well. If you're in the Toronto area and want some last-minute treats for a loved one, let me know! I'm here to help ...
  • Staying In

    30 Jan 2014 | 8:01 pm
    It is inevitable that at this time of year, my voice joins the chorus of lamenters about the weather. To be sure, we are justified. I mean really ... minus 25?! Minus 30?! Come on, Old Man Winter! Enough is enough. But I would be fibbing in a big, bad way if I didn't admit on some level that underneath it all (especially those new five pounds I found over the holidays), there is an almost-pleasure to this cold, snowy time of year. Deep down, secretly, I enjoy it ... sort of. The bad weather is the free pass to stay home and stay in. And bake. Bake. Bake. Bake. Bake. Bake. Bake. Bake. Of…
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    Cupcake Project

  • My Best Easter Dessert Ideas

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Just in case you’ve missed a couple of my best Easter dessert ideas, I have put them all in one place.  I hope that everyone who is celebrating has a sweet weekend! I’d love to see your best Easter dessert ideas, too!  Please post pictures to the Cupcake Project Facebook page.Read the full article here
  • Chocolate Mousse Pie with Coconut Macaroon Crust

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    You’ve been invited to a Passover dinner or a Passover seder and you don’t know what to bring.  This chocolate mousse pie with coconut macaroon crust is your answer.  Every bite of this Passover dessert delivers rich, silky chocolate with a chewy coconut macaroon finish.  This chocolate Passover dessert is by far the best way that I’ve ever found to serve coconut macaroons. Passover Pie Tips Read the full article here
  • Chocolate Chai Cupcakes from Bakingdom – Pin of the Week

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    This week’s Pin of the Week chosen by Pinterest Explorer Heather Duff is chocolate chai cupcakes from Bakingdom.  I love the whole idea of Bakingdom: Bakingdom is about having fun and exploring new, and old, recipes. It’s about good food, beauty, and knowing that ruling the kitchen is easier to do than you think. I’m simply here to eat, drink, and be merry, to try and find joy in the small things, and to have fun in this short life.Read the full article here
  • Here’s What Happens When You Cross a Pot Pie with a Deli Sandwich

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Pie crust, even on savory pies, is always the same; it’s flaky and tastes like butter or is made of crushed up graham crackers or Oreos.  This pie crust breaks the mold.  It is made with rye flour and caraway seeds and tastes like flaky rye bread.  Inside the rye crust, you’ll find corned beef and sauerkraut in a Swiss cheese and Russian dressing sauce.  The whole thing is topped with crunchy rye bread crumbles and more cheese.  This, my friends, is a Reuben pie – a hearty, meaty, unforgettable meal for anyone who loves the classic deli sandwich. Teeny's Tour of…
  • Sinless Smooth and Sweet Dairy-Free Chocolate Frosting

    25 Mar 2014 | 8:41 am
    Go on – eat spoonful after spoonful of this dairy-free chocolate frosting – it’s OK.  The dairy-free frosting is made using the fat from nuts (cashews specifically).  To create this Nutella-like frosting that’s light, decadent, sinless, and vegan-friendly, simply soak cashews overnight to soften them, then blend the cashews with water, a touch of brown sugar, and cocoa powder.  Watch out: once you try it, this dairy-free frosting might permanently overthrow your current chocolate buttercream to become your new favorite frosting.  I made more dairy-free chocolate…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Bacon and Radicchio Risotto

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I don’t make risotto nearly as much as I should. I never order it in a restaurant unless I’m absolutely sure they’re going to do it right because there’s nothing worse than a not-very-good risotto. But there’s nothing better than a good one. Especially a good one with bacon in it. One night, back when I was working at Chez Panisse, Paul Bertolli, one of the world’s great cooks (Italian, and otherwise), was standing over the stove, tending to steamy pots of risotto for diners. So I go over to him and ask him for a lesson. And he was happy to teach me. As he…
  • Lillet

    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    I’m not sure how I discovered Lillet, an orange-infused apéritif wine, made in a town on a road between Sauternes and Bordeaux, but I remember driving through the area and making my friend screech to a halt when we (almost) passed the Lillet factory. Factory probably isn’t the best word, but macerbatorium probably sounds a little dodgy, but when we walked in, we found ourselves in front of an astounding amount of oranges and shards of bark, bobbing up and down, as they macerated in vats of wine. While that was certainly a riveting sight, equally enticing was the silver daddy who…
  • My Paris Kitchen book tour

    11 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    I’ve finally reached a milestone in my life because I am actually going on a book tour. Yes, I can barely believe it myself. After years of publishers hiding me, aka “the loose cannon,” they are releasing me into the wild. I’ll be heading to the U.S. and Vancouver for a series of events to mark the release of My Paris Kitchen. While I’d love to go everywhere*, there’s only one (1) of me, and fifty (50) states – not to mention the provinces, territories, and wilds of Canada. However, if anyone can get me to Hawaii and arrange an event close to the beach, I…
  • The Making of My Paris Kitchen

    7 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    (Photo by Ed Anderson) My Paris Kitchen is finally here! It’s taken me a few years to get to this day, and I thought I’d give you a little look behind-the-scenes of how the book was created. There’s a certain amount of conversation about blogs versus cookbooks, and since I have a foot in both, I am keenly aware of the connection between the two, but also what makes them different. There’s a lot of talk about whether food blogs are overtaking traditional cookbooks. What’s changing – in my view – is that people are looking for something else in a cookbook…
  • Fromage Fort

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    At any given time, there are between two – and fourteen – nubbins of cheese in my refrigerator. Those odds and ends are the result of me getting too excited when I’m at the fromagerie, usually going with the intention of buying just one or two wedges. But after scanning the shelves, and seeing a few cheeses that also look worthy of my shopping basket, ones that I am sure need to be tasted, the friendly women who I buy cheese from wrap them all up neatly in paper for me to take home. The bill is always more than I expect, but it’s the one bill that I’m happy to régler…
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  • April 18th: Easter 2014 Bits & Bobs

    James Edwards
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    It's been a long time since we last did you all a Bits & Bobs ChocolateMission special but the Easter season has given us the opportunity to make amends.Today we are going to looks at some of the NEW smaller treats on offer from Kinder, Thorntons and Lindt. Sit back, relax and enjoy some Easter fun filled mini reviews.Kinder Chocolate LadybugKcal ? Fat ? Fat(sats) Carbs ?Ladybugs!? Easter!? We see how they link in with the Spring season but they aren't the first thing you think of when contemplating the Easter season are they!? This 15.0g treat came with a £0.60p RRP and was described on…
  • April 16th: Kit Kat Baked Pudding Flavour

    James Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Kcal 64 Fat 3.6g Carbs 7.4f (per 11.6g mini)You just know the product in question has to have come from JList when you find yourself looking it up on the internet to verify whether it's an April Fools joke or not! Well that's exactly the situation we found ourselves in earlier this month when we were offered the opportunity to review these all new Kit Kat Baked Pudding Flavour. After establishing Peter @Jlist was very much for real there was no way on earth we were turning this one down.To undertake the first ever ChocolateMission requiring an oven we were sent a large multi-bar pack…
  • Competition Time - Win a Chocolate Making Workshop Experience Day!!

    James Edwards
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Hi AllTo celebrate the incoming Easter holidays we are having an onsite competition for all @ChocMission readers!!Our pals Virgin Experience Days are offering you readers the fantastic opportunity to learn how chocolate is made with this awesome Chocolate Making Workshop Experience Day ... here are the details ...'Cut, dip and decorate your own Chocolate creations with this Organic Chocolate Making Workshop in London, Brighton or Manchester. You will learn new chocolate crafting skills and gain knowledge which you can later use to impress your friends and family. You may become the new…
  • April 14th: Cadbury Easter Range 2014

    James Edwards
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    If you are looking for divine innovation, the range from Cadbury this year isn't altogether that inspiring. Such is the case we thought we would keep it short and just leave you with some rather tempting photos of what is going to be on offer this year.... Cadbury Dairy Milk Hoppy Bunny Kcal 530 Fat 30.5g Carbs 57.0gRemember the Cadbury Dairy Milk Winter Wonderland bar - (See HERE)??? Well here it is once again just with a Easter twist! A simple swap of the white chocolate Christmas Trees for some white chocolate Bunnies and we have a totally *NEW* LIMITED EDITION Cadbury Dairy…
  • April 12th: Guest Post - "Make Your Own Chocolate Eggs" kit ...

    James Edwards
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Last week we were offered a free 'Make Your Own Chocolate Eggs' kit by who have partnered themselves with Choconchoc. Being a family website we thought this would be a cool weekend activity for one of the team to undertake with their kiddies - making his @ChocMission debut ChocolateMission taste tester Pete wrote us the following write up of his experience with the kit ... he even documented the process with some photos!“Make Your Own Chocolate Eggs”This is a fantastic product which is a fun task for the family – assuming you can resist eating the rich molten…
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  • 9 “Egg-stra” Special Easter Cupcake Recipes!

    Hilari Schaefer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Can you believe Easter is this Sunday? Me either. If you’re in a bind {like me} for creative Easter dessert ideas, look no further! I’ve rounded up my favorite Easter cupcake recipes sure to make your guests smile and your table festive this weekend! Easter Cupcakes 1: How fun are these Easter basket cupcakes? They are… [read more...] Author information Hilari Schaefer This is such a natural fit for me, because I absolutely L-O-V-E all things sweet. I blog over at Be Sweet, my happy place for all things desserts, crafts, gift ideas, and party inspiration.
  • How to Use a Silicone Pearl Mold

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    I use my silicone pearl molds almost every week for cake borders and I’m asked over and over again about how to use them.  So a few weeks ago I took some pics while working on a cake and today I’m sharing How to Use a Silicone Pearl Mold. The tools required are pretty simple.  Here’s what… [read more...] Author information Rose I'm Rose and I blog over at Rose Bakes. I'm baker, cake decorator, wife, and homeschooling mommy to 6 wonderful children! My love of cakes started at the age of 13, I started a business in 2009 then my blog was born in 2012! It's how I to…
  • Self Packaging Boxes Review and Giveaway

    Farwa & Abeer
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Disclosure: sent me a few of their samples for this review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine. is an online shop that sells cute boxes for packing your sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies and cake pops. These boxes are great to use for packing edible gifts. You can also use them… [read more...] Author information Farwa & Abeer We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz. TwitterFacebookGoogle+ The post Self Packaging Boxes…
  • How to make pirate cupcake toppers

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Who doesn’t love a little pirate themed birthday?  These pirate cupcake toppers are really quite easy to make with minimal tools and can be customized to your child’s favourite colour. Here is What I used: Coloured fondant (ivory, black, white, and red) rolling pin gum glue black edible marker Zacto Knife circle cutter (large enough… [read more...] Author information Diane Diane is a co-write for CakeJournal. She is a self taught cake decorator and sugar flower artist since 2009. Diane lives in Ontario, Canada and is very excited to be joining our team. FacebookGoogle+ The…
  • How to make an Easter egg cake

    Farwa & Abeer
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Since Easter is coming up soon, I have been stocking up on all the awesome Easter candies. Currently, I am obsessed with these mini easter egg candies, which are just so cute and colorful.  I used them to make a very easy and bright cake, perfect for Spring/Easter time. To make this cake, you will… [read more...] Author information Farwa & Abeer We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz. TwitterFacebookGoogle+ The post How to make an Easter egg cake appeared first on…
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    Ice Cream Ireland

  • Ice Cream Sundae

    1 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    A little video about our sundaes… Sorry about the audio quality for the last part! Click here to view the embedded video. Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
  • Toasted Oats Ice Cream Video

    14 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    Here’s the latest from the Murphy’s studios. Click here to view the embedded video. Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
  • A bit about our Sea Salt Ice Cream

    5 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
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  • Our Dingle Shop is on the map…

    22 Jan 2014 | 1:40 am
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  • My First Ice Cream Gif

    11 Sep 2013 | 3:10 am
    The geek in me has been dormant for a little while, but I’m happy today because I figured out how to make an animated gif using photoshop. It’s chocolate and brown bread ice cream, if you were wondering… Bookmark to (click here): Hide Sites
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    Cupcakes Take The Cake

  • Meyer Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Spotted on our Flickr feed, Grace Chan made these Meyer lemon meringue cupcakes. The cupcakes are vanilla lemon-scented cupcakes filled with Meyer lemon curd, frosted with burnt Swiss meringue. By the way, a Meyer lemon is a cross between a lemon and an orange. It is less tart than a regular lemon.
  • Trophy Cupcakes Event At Williams-Sonoma

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    After many years of blogging about Trophy Cupcakes in Seattle and seeing the lovely cupcakes they bake, I finally got to meet Jennifer Shea last night. Jennifer is a mini book tour for the cookbook, Trophy Cupcakes and Parties: Deliciously Fun Party Ideas and Recipes from Seattle's Prize-Winning Cupcake Bakery. I totally agree with this cookbook theme because I truly believe that cupcakes are the champagne of desserts. Cupcakes are for celebrations, big and small.Jennifer did a decorating demo for Easter cupcakes and answered some cupcake baking questions. One of her best tips is to take out…
  • Bird's Nest Cupcakes

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    SpringThe season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. These cupcakes are beautiful, and it is good to be reminded of the season especially like today when it is unseasonably cold. Happy Spring!
  • [Giveaway} Eat More Dessert!

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    I'm super excited to share with you today a super sweet new book!  Our friend, Jenny Keller of, has recently published her first book "Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods From the Baker to the Stars".  Her book is more than a cookbook, it's a guide to creating the most amazing dessert tables that will wow your guests!I'm so excited to be giving away a copy of the book to one of you today!  ENTER BELOW!You may remember a few years back, Jenny was a part of our Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash where she…
  • San Francisco: Mission Minis Easter Bunny Cupcakes

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    These are adorable and if you live in the Bay Area, you can order them today at Mission Minis.
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    Cookie Madness

  • Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    If you need a little baking therapy, but don’t have the energy to go shopping for ingredients, chances are this recipe will be just the ticket. It was for me. I didn’t have chocolate chips and had to use chopped milk chocolate for the topping, but other than that there weren’t any issues and I […]
  • Frozen Chocolate Brownie Mint Ice Cream Pie

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    It’s a rainy, dark morning here in Austin which suits my mood perfectly. There’s a lot going on here right now, so to unwind a bit I made something I’d been craving for a while – a frozen ice cream dessert with a brownie base. The thing with frozen brownies as a base is that […]
  • Carrot Cake Baked in an 8×12 Inch Glass Dish

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    If you need an excuse to bake a carrot cake, this carrot cake needs you! The tasting panel chose it in a side-by-side comparison to another recipe, but I’d like to hear from another baker. The recipe appears similar to other carrot cakes, but the texture is tight crumbed and light and the cake is […]
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    Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more

  • Cheryl’s Bridal Shower Dessert Table

    Anne Heap
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We created a complete dessert table for Cheryl’s bridal shower this past weekend at the Harvard Club in NYC. Bridal Shower Dessert Table – Macarons, Cake Pops, Cookies and Cake The dessert setup was partially inspired by this ballerina themed table created a few years ago. The centerpiece of the collection is the 3 tier round cake with dark pink bands, a white oval monogram and bride cake topper. The bride to be is wearing a long lace veil and a Vera Wang Esther strapless dress. She is holding a bouquet of pink flowers. Along with the cake we included pink monogrammed wedding…
  • Mad Hatter Bridal Shower Cake

    Anne Heap
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:53 pm
    This whimsical setup which includes ribbon rose cupcakes, monogrammed cookies and a two tier top hat cake. The collection of goodies were created for a bridal shower at Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, NJ. The cake is topped with a glittery silver top hat, ivory cummerbund and a small cluster of ivory and white flowers draped in a white veil. The hat sits atop two light violet tiers with additional clusters of blue hyndrangea and white and ivory roses. Flavors and fillings included coconut with lemon cream cheese and coconut with raspberry chambord buttercream. Update: We were thrilled to see…
  • Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes

    Anne Heap
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes How cute are these little guys? For Wendy’s baby shower we worked to create ten of these mini cakes for each of her girlfriends to take home with them at the end of the shower as favors. Each mini cake included a cute puppy topper with either a sky blue or celadon green bow tie and matching band at the bottom tier of the cakes. All cakes were chocolate hazelnut with hazelnut frangelico. Congratulations Wendy! The post Mini Doggy Baby Shower Cakes appeared first on Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more.
  • 10 Creative 1st Birthday Cake Ideas!

    Ashley Mastroianni
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    First birthdays are a big milestone for your little one (and perhaps even more so for the parents…). Whether you are planning a large celebration with family and friends or a smaller more intimate gathering, choosing the perfect cake that fits within the party theme can help pull the party together. Over the years we’ve created a wide variety of first birthday cakes ranging from large and detailed multi-tier topsy turvy cakes down to single tier celebration cakes. Here is a selection of some of our favorite First Birthday cakes from the past 10 years! 1 Over sized Giraffe (or your…
  • Nolan’s Baby Shower Cake

    Anne Heap
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Baby Shower Cake, Cake Pops & Teddy Bear Macarons We created this coordinated set of cake pops, baby blue bear macarons and two tier linen textured cake for a recent baby shower at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ. The baby shower cake is covered in white fondant and covered in light blue linen textured wraps with white lace decorations. Atop the cake sits a light blue pram with white accents. Close-up of blue textured pattern with Nolan’s insignia Congratulations to Nolan and family! We hope you enjoyed the cake! Teddy Bear Macarons Verna left us this wonderful comment on our…
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    Baking Obsession

  • Raw Carrot Mini Cakes

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:35 pm
    If you are like me – reluctant to toss organic carrot pulp into the compost after juicing the carrots, this recipe might be worthy of your attention. The flavor and texture of these cakes come pretty close to a conventional carrot cake despite the fact that there are no processed sugar, wheat flour, eggs, dairy, […]
  • Raw Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini and Olive “Bread”

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Yes, I know, they look like crackers, but these things are quite pliable and the texture is soft, so they are referred as bread in the raw foodists world. I dried the bread in a dehydrator, but you can achieve similar results in an oven on a very low setting, although I do recommend a […]
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding with Orange Flavoured Prunes

    16 Feb 2014 | 5:53 pm
    It always helps me to tame the chocolate cravings without consuming any processed sugar. Surprisingly, even a small serving is quite satisfying. The pudding takes no time to make, it just needs a couple of hours in the refrigerator to chill and firm up. I like to divide the pudding between small Mason jars with […]
  • Cinnamon Brownie and Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Sandwiches

    1 May 2013 | 10:21 pm
    This ice cream is the best dulce de leche ice cream I’ve tried. It’s better than the Häagen-Dazs’, no kidding. And it’s extremely easy to make. The recipe is adapted from the Gourmet who is, in its turn, adapted it from Mariana Crespo, Buenos Aires. I paired the ice cream with the cinnamon brownies. These […]
  • Pig Cake Tutorial Inspired by Minecraft

    25 Apr 2013 | 10:55 pm
    This is a very adaptable project. It can be easily scaled up to suit your serving needs. In this tutorial I’m illustrating step-by-step how to build a supporting structure, carve the cake, and decorate it with tiny mosaic gum paste tiles. I want to inform any potential buyers that this project is a time-consuming and […]
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    Recipe Girl

  • Ham and Cheese Baked Gnocchi

    Lori Lange
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a recipe that makes good use of leftover ham > HAM AND CHEESE BAKED GNOCCHI Who’s having ham this Easter Sunday?  Me!  Me!  Me!  Ham is my favorite main dish to serve on Easter Sunday.  It’s so easy to get one already spiral-cut… just heat it up, add the glaze, and it’s good to go!  So easy to prepare and serve, so you can focus on getting the rest of the dinner ready.  Smithfield Ham recently sent me one of their spiral hams to try- and it was absolutely fabulous.  We served it with roasted asparagus and cauliflower puree for a big family…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Here’s another edition of Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >> Here’s what I shared on Parade Magazine‘s blog this week, and I’m having a really tough time not buying a million strawberries to make every single one of these recipes!! >> 6 DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY DESSERTS.  Don’t they all look amazing?!  That PIE is calling my name. I can’t get over how gorgeous this photo is from Lindsey of Cafe Johnsonia:  LEMON CHICKEN WITH TOMATO SALAD.  It’s the newest post on my other blog, Culinary Covers.  The recipe comes…
  • Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cake

    Lori Lange
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here’s your cake for Easter! >> CARROT CAKE CHEESECAKE CAKE It occurred to me the other day that I haven’t given you a fabulous dessert to make for Easter Sunday!  And it also occurred to me that I haven’t shared a new cheesecake cake in quite some time, so… it’s time.  This cake has been in my head for a LONG time.  Every time Easter rolls around, I think… man, I should make a carrot cake cheesecake cake, but then I never do it.  But guess what?  I did it!  My oh-so-fabulous  in-laws were visiting us last weekend, and I baked-up this cake for…
  • Key Lime Fudge

    Lori Lange
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today I’m sharing what looks to be a very spring-like recipe for:   Key Lime Fudge The best part of spring is the green.  Where I live now (near Lake Tahoe) everything but the tall pine trees turns rather brown in the winter and the land looks pretty bare.  The lawn goes dormant, the flowers die and most of the rest of the plants drop their leaves.  It’s not such a pretty sight unless there is snow covering the ground.  77 degree temps tell me that winter is over and spring has sprung.  We didn’t have a terribly cold winter anyways this year, so the grass is on its…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Here’s another edition of Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! >> Here’s what I contributed to Parade Magazine‘s blog this week:  5 SALAD RECIPES HEARTY ENOUGH TO BE TONIGHT’S DINNER.  My husband and I have a funny banter going on about salad.  Sometimes he’ll ask, “What’s for dinner?” and I’ll tell him “salad.”  And then he’ll say, “Yeah, but what’s for dinner??!”  Seems he wants something a bit more than salad.  Well, these are 5 salads he won’t be complaining…
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  • Shrimp with Garlic Sauce Recipe

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Shrimp with garlic sauce is a recipe that uses common Chinese ingredients to create a delicious meal that is both sweet and spicy. Most of the heat comes from the chili sauce and the sweetness comes from the sugar. This dish is so easy to prepare, the shrimp are stir-fried and then mixed with the sauce ingredients. If you want you could add some vegetables to the stir-fry such as broccoli. You can either choose to remove the shrimp tails or leave them on. You will want to use shrimp for this recipe that are already peeled and deveined. Shrimp with garlic sauce goes great served with egg rolls…
  • Biscuits and Gravy Casserole Recipe

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Biscuits and gravy casserole is a great dish to prepare for breakfast or even dinner. Normally the sausage gravy would be served separately on top of biscuits but this recipe adds the gravy right into a casserole dish with the biscuits. The process to preparing this casserole is very simple— the gravy is first prepared in the pan and then poured over a layer of biscuits in the casserole dish. The gravy is then topped with oven more of the flaky biscuits and placed into the oven and cooked until golden brown. You can use different flavors of pork sausage for this recipe depending on your…
  • Ham and Gouda Grilled Cheese Recipe

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This grilled cheese recipe combines sliced ham, crispy bacon and smoke gouda cheese. The combination of flavors makes this sandwich a delicious option for dinner any night of the week. The sandwich has a nice smoky flavor from the bacon and gouda cheese. What helps to make this sandwich stand out is the mustard-mayonnaise spread that goes on it. The mustard mayonnaise spread is a combination of mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. You will want to make sure you cook on sandwiches on low heat otherwise the cheese will not melt much at all. If you are using a block…
  • Cocktail Sauce Recipe

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    You can easily purchase cocktail sauce from the grocery store but it is actually very easy to make your own. Cocktail sauce combines a few simple ingredients which you may already have on hand. This delicious sauce is a combination of ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. I prepared breaded shrimp for dinner and decided I wanted a dipping sauce to go with them. I did not have anything on hand so I decided to prepare this cocktail sauce recipe. This sauce goes great served with cooked shrimp or cooked breaded shrimp. Enjoy. Cocktail Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup…
  • Easy Chicken Tacos Recipe

    31 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    Preparing chicken tacos for dinner isn’t very difficult at all, this recipe shows you just how easy it is to make chicken tacos at home. The chicken is simmered in the pan with various ingredients, shredded and then returned to the pan and tossed with the sauce before serving. These tacos have a rather unique flavor because of the combination of ingredients involved in this recipe. Some of the ingredients that contribute a great deal to the flavor are orange juice, chipotle in adobo, cilantro and mustard. You can add whatever toppings you like to these tacos— some of options are…
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    Bake My Day!

  • April Bread Baking Babes: Pretzel Croissants

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
      This month Heather over at girlichef is our host and she asked us to marry her. Or wait… she introduced her recipe and then asked if we wanted to marry her? I am not sure but it had something to do with pretzels, croissants, butter and marriage. Something. Not sure which was first. Butter and croissants is always a good idea. Reading a recipe before you pick a day to bake is a good idea. No, make that reading your recipe thoroughly especially when you plan is a very good idea. Certainly when those recipes involve something with puff pastry and dough. (Cautionary advice; it wouldn’t…
  • Bread Baking Babes make a splash; Floating Dough

    16 Mar 2014 | 3:28 pm
    This month we wrapped our dough in a teatowel, tied a pretty twine around it and called it a day!please join us as a Bread Baking Buddy! Let Elle  know how you wrapped your dough by the end of this month....Hehe, we did a little bit more than that but you guessed that already. Elle over at  Feeding My Enthusiasms        was our host this month and we gathered around her kitchen table while she spun us a story about how to wrap your dough and sink it off in a bucket of water....The dough was a very rich dough, quite the amount of butter, sugar…
  • and again with results: Baking Rgaïf....

    18 Feb 2014 | 3:42 am
    I was so proud to be able to stretch the dough thin, almost see through thin. Then I folded the sides inwards just like the pictures at Lien's show you.Right from the get go I can tell you that it was so much easier than I thought! What a dork am I to let my fear hold me back. Then again, this being a flatbread... this flatbread did exactly what all flatbreads do to me:they puff.At that point they already started to look puffy. Touching  the hot surface of the pan (I used a crepe pan) up up they went. Barely touching the surface they tiptoed through their baking time. The result was a…
  • Celebrate the Babes! Stretching my deadline for baking Rgaif from the Bread Baking Babes!

    17 Feb 2014 | 12:06 am
    Blame it on the non-existing winterdays here in the Netherlands but I completely missed that our posting date was this weekend. It didn't help that I was partnered to throw a birthday party for my sister's oldest boy this weekend as well, the noise 6 over-excited 5yr olds make.... I really needed my husband to remind me that some time ago our boys had been 5 as well but still I can't believe they were that loud!Sunday was spent nestled in the couch, baking a couple of loaves, handquilting a bit, drinking a cup of tea, watching the Olympics not for one moment realising that…
  • Bread Baking Babes went to the Dark side... Chocolate Prune Bread

    17 Jan 2014 | 3:43 am
    Humhum... not sure if this is going to work as planned but I successfully accessed an out-of-the-house camera, transferred pictures through a screen I never saw before and got them safely (or that's what I am thinking right now) on to my tablet. Hah! Take that employers that do not wish to look beyond age, job-hiatus and allegedly not up to date computer skills!With age comes grace, flexibility, inventivity (because contrary to popular belief you don't get stuck in your ways when over 30, because at over 40 you know that things don't always go as planned and you invent ways to get things…
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    Cheese Underground

  • On Location: Ticklemore at Sharpham Dairy in Devon

    cheese underground lady
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sharpham Dairy Owner Mark Sharman with a wheel of Ticklemore, made just that morning. If you've had the opportunity in the United States to taste Ticklemore, a pasteurized goat's milk cheese made at Sharpham Dairy in Devon, England, you are likely familiar with a creamy, white rinded cheese shaped liked a flying saucer that is often oozy around the rind and packs a flavor punch.Turns out, that cheese doesn't exist in England. In its home country, Ticklemore seems much younger, is a firm and crumbly cheese, with gentle, floral notes."I've eaten it in the United States, and I've got to say,…
  • On Location: Fighting Cheese Mites at Quickes Dairy

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    3 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Quickes Dairy Sales Manager Tom Chatfield demos the Mite Buster for us. Tom is just about the nicest, most efficient and one of the youngest sales managers in the business. I keptwanting to feed him a cookie.Ever since hearing stories from Wisconsin cheesemaker Bruce Workman about the fun of shrink wrapping random objects in a cheese cryovac machine, my husband has always dreamed of having his very own. Here's a typical conversation -- Me: what do we need a cryovac machine for? Husband: Who doesn't need a cryovac machine?Well today, I've found a new random object to covet that would make…
  • On Location: Duckett's Aged Caerphilly at Westcombe Dairy

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    2 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Westcombe Cheesemaker Tom Calver stands in thedoorway to the family's underground Caerphilly aging cellar in Somerset County, England.Perhaps without even realizing it, a maverick, next generation cheesemaker at Westcombe Dairy is rapidly changing the face of Old World cheesemaking in Somerset, England, bringing a fresh perspective and energy to the region's traditional cheeses.While cheesemaker Tom Calver may be best known for making Westcombe Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar - one of only three unpasteruized farmhouse cheddars left in England - today, he also crafts the amazing Duckett's Aged…
  • On Location: Tasting Montgomery Cheddar with Neal's Yard Dairy

    cheese underground lady
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese Buyer Bronwen Percival and Cheesemaker JamieMontgomery compare notes during the dairy's monthly cheese tastingto select wheels for retail, wholesale and export. Just when you begin to believe you might know something about cheese after eating, breathing and writing about it for 10 years, the buyers from Neal's Yard Dairy turn up, promptly taste 30 cheeses in 60 minutes, pick out their favorites for retail, wholesale and export to the United States, and readily demonstrate that you actually know very little about your life's pursuit.Such was my morning spent today at…
  • Workshop: Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses of Spain and Portugal

    cheese underground lady
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:41 pm
    This just in from the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research: a few spots are still open for the April 15 Goat and Sheep Milk Cheeses of Spain and Portugal class in Madison.The short course features a special guest coming from Portugal: Mariana Marques D'Almeida, an industry consultant, technical judge and small ruminant expert from Lisbon. Attendees will learn from both lectures and a focus on hands-on learning with a 3-hour cheesemaking lab with recipes from Spain and Portugal included. The staff at CDR are super excited about the class, and encourage artisan cheesemakers to enroll.Bénédicte…
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    Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

  • Way Modern Chinois, Chinese Cuisine, Clearwater, Damansara Heights

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:08 pm
    As I get older, I find my palate becoming more partial to Asian cuisine.  Very rarely do I hanker these days for that piece of braised lamb shank, wagyu cheek, or fancy foamy meals with deconstructed items.  I am a peasant and plebian, so I like simple comfort foods.  To me, the simplest of Chinese stir fries and steaming and braising, are enough to satisfy. Hence I find it intriguing that there is still room to reinvent the wheel, as I discovered when invited by the Makan Fairy Godmother to have lunch at Way Modern Chinois, run by the same people who run Ploy, that fun, fresh…
  • Santa Margherita Wine Pairing Dinner, Villa Danielli

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    The journey to Sheraton Imperial is always fraught with "danger" from where I come, because traffic is always so unpredictable, but I've become an expert at turning into the one way street behind the hotel, entering illegally from the other end, rather than waiting to enter Jln Sultan Ismail which is perpetually jammed.  But I always enjoy the dinners there, hence, I plough on, with the tenacity of an arctic explorer.The sight of prosecco to greet us is much needed as a relaxant, after spending harrowing hours in the car.  Actually I probably exaggerate, the traffic that particular…
  • Torii, A Toriific Yakitori Experience In the Easy To Park Part of TTDI

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Years ago, in an apartment unit high above the ground, in the quiet tranquilness of Pantai Hillpark, a few strangers gathered together, almost under the shroud of secrecy, at "Raymond's" place.  That group of strangers subsequently became known as the "Everyone Loves Raymond" group, akin to new couples dating, the enthusiasm and the excitement of new love flamed the fires which fuelled regularly meet ups for eating etc.  Then as years go by, that flame wanes, as everyone gets caught up in their own lives, some give birth, others invent underwater casings for Iphones, some got…
  • Something Big & Fishy Happens In Jusco 1Utama ...The Norwegian Salmon Launch

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Spawned by great stories of innumerable health benefits, and magical oils, the once humble Salmon, (I presume it was humble back in the day when it was the staple of the grizzly bear and polar bear) has now been elevated to King Fish status, almost. Then it got the bad rap, for being farmed, injected with dyes to make it more pink, or orange, or whatever color you please, so one wondered when was Salmon the real deal.  Now I know.  When it's Norwegian! Makan fairy godmother invited me to the Norwegian Salmon launch at 1 Utama. Highlights of the event included a cooking demo by Chef…
  • Han Woo Ri, Korean BBQ

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Despite my love for Japanese food, it's strange how I never quite ventured to neighbouring Korea to savour their cuisine.  Apart from Kim Chi, I would be hard pressed to name another Korean dish.  Hyundai? Samsung? Young Prince James turned 30 recently.  It seemed like yesterday that he was but a kid ... well, actually, I didnt know of his existence till about two years ago when we met at our church's family camp.  Where he said I have a acksy backsy face. (not in those exact words, but it cannot be reproduced here).  We found ourselves in the same team going to Nepal…
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    Technicolor Kitchen - English version

  • White chocolate, lemon and lime mousse and the trailer for "Gone Girl"

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    The trailer for Gone Girl has finally been released and boy, does it look good: the scenes, the colors, the music (the poster!), everything seems tailor-made to turn the already great book into a very interesting movie. Fincher is one of my favorite directors and he’s perfect for dark, somber stories, not to mention that I love the fact the he doesn’t give a rat’s ass for the Oscars and makes
  • Pear and almond muffins and the joys of fall

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I know that many people feel sad when they look out the window and see a cloudy, rainy day, but not me: I actually feel joy in my heart when the weather is like that, as it is today here in Sao Paulo (for the record, I do like sunny days when the weather is cold – I think it’s the best of both worlds). It’s fall here now (but let’s keep it down or the temperatures might decide to go over 30°C
  • Sticky chicken wings and comfort zones

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    I admire people who step out of their comfort zone: it’s not an easy thing to do, not everyone’s ready for it, so kudos to those who do it. But at the same time I wonder that if you’re doing something really well, why not l keep doing it? Life is about balance, I suppose. That came to mind when I saw the poster for Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars – there he is again, working with Robert
  • Lemon Madeira cake and the power of syrup

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Yes, I have baked another lemon cake. Again. It’s an addiction, I can’t control myself. :D Cakes are my favorite thing to bake, lemon is my favorite flavor, and I usually have one or two around in the fridge, so it’s a no brainer. However, when this cake cooled and I sliced it, I felt it needed something else – it was a plain cake (the kind I love), but it needed a lift: it needed to be
  • Iced berries with limoncello white chocolate sauce and "Noah"

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    What makes an atheist go to the movies to watch a movie based on a biblical story? In my case, Darren Aronofsky – he’s one of my favorite directors and I’ll watch anything the man does, even if it involves something I don’t believe in. I find it incredible that Aronofsky did a movie about a character from the bible and yet he doesn’t paint it with heavy religious tones – his Noah is human,
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    Im Topsy Turvy

  • Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    this post, Spicy Deviled Egg Recipe first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy This is a sponsored post, Kraft Foods sent me jars of MIRACLE WHIP and this recipe to try as part of the #proudofit campaign I am a MIRACLE WHIP lover!  We never even had mayo in the fridge growing up.  when I got married my husband came from a mayo family, but I quickly converted him and he is now a MIRACLE WHIP lover as well.  And of course we’re raising our kids right as well! BUT there are a few classic recipes, like Deviled Eggs, I never thought to make the swap to MIRACLE WHIP… But that is changing!
  • Dressing for a Wedding

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    this post, Dressing for a Wedding first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Hello again! It’s me, Deidre from Love, The Skinnys. Last month I was talking about Easter Color Blocking. If you still don’t have an Easter dress for this Sunday go check it out! This month I am focusing on the entire wedding season that is sneaking up this very second. It seems like everyone is getting engaged and sending out their wedding invitations. With wedding season coming so quickly we all need to start thinking about what sort of items are appropriate for wedding attire. And we also need to make sure we…
  • How to Replace Wiper Blades on the Car

    Cher Texter
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    this post, How to Replace Wiper Blades on the Car first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Hello, there! This is Cher with Designs by Studio C. With the arrival of Spring and the rainy season upon us (depending on which part of the country you live in) it may be time to change the blades on the car’s windshield wipers. Never done this before? Let me show you how easy it is to replace wiper blades on the car! Let’s start by finding the correct sizes of wiper blades for the car… Have you ever noticed the books near the wiper blades in the Automotive section of the store? This book is where you…
  • Easter Link Party Features

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    this post, Easter Link Party Features first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy I can’t believe Easter is next week! This year is going so fast, and I’ve been SO busy! It’s a good busy, but a lot of crazy too. getting used to the new normal of crazy busy. So I haven’t hosted a link party in awhile, I forgot how much I miss checking your crafts out and featuring it! It was fun! Would you guys enjoy more holiday link parties? Now for the features! I am in love with these adorable felt bunnies! The whole table setting is just so pretty, I want those plates! How lovely are…
  • Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    this post, Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs first appeared on Im Topsy Turvy Seems like EVERYONE has their own tricks for how to hard boil eggs. SO I figured I’d share how I do it along with some tips and tricks! Print Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs 12 minutes Ingredientseggs bakers dozen 1 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda water DirectionsPlace eggs in the bottom of a large pan Fill the pan with water, make sure it's at least an inch above the eggs Sprinkle Salt and baking soda over the water Place a lid over the pan and bring the water to a boil When the water starts to boil turn the heat to low (if you…
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    ZOMG, Candy!

  • Nestle FruTips – Chinese Assortment

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Monday, I reviewed the mango, grapefruit, and lychee FruTips that I bought in China. Today, I’ll review their regular flavor assortment. The regular FruTips were the same size and texture as their specialized flavor counterparts, and they also contained lychee flavored jellies (white). You can refer to Monday’s review for my notes on texture and the lychee FruTips. Yellow was lemon. It tasted tart and zesty with lots of bitey lemon zest flavors. Orange was orange and tasted of candied citrus. It, too, was quite zesty, but its flavor profile was more rotund and orangey. Green…
  • Keep a candy bar handy for relationship bliss

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Via my friend Neil, a new study shows that low blood sugar may prompt more aggression towards your significant other. Researchers suggest eating a candy bar before touchy conversations to keep things on a more even keel.
  • Beautiful Easter Eggs

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Via David Lebovitz on Facebook, Vanity Fair France has collated the most beautiful edible Easter eggs in France. They’re absolutely stunning and almost a shame to eat.
  • Nestle FruTips – Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    As previously mentioned, I’m way overdue for a review of Nestle FruTips from China. When I was in Shanghai this March, I bought of couple of fresh tubes to cover today and Friday. I’ll start with the Mango, Grapefruit, and Lychee tube. The FruTips were thumbnail-sized flat disks that were covered in gritty sugar sand. The chew started off mostly soft with a bit of tension, then became softer and stickier as I chewed. The texture was smooth and felt like limpid jelly on my tongue. Grapefruit was a white with a greenish tinge. It was tart with a slight pithiness that highlighted its…
  • Everyburger

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This box of Everyburger was an impulse buy at my local Asian grocery store. I couldn’t read a word on the package besides “Everyburger”, but the box was shelved with other chocolate+cookie treats, so I assumed that these were some sort of chocolates+cookies shaped to look like hamburgers. Fortunately, my assumption was correct, and I didn’t accidentally buy some weird shelf-stable normal burgers in a tiny box. The Everyburgers were made of two nickel-sized cookies sandwiching a chocolate patty that was topped with a little schmear of frosting cheese. The cookies had a…
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  • Hotel Chocolat Easter Egg Selection

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    With Easter rapidly approaching it’s probably a good time to give you a quick review of some of Hotel Chocolat’s Easter Eggs. I was sent as small selection to try, and for a change I found myself getting involved with the sweeter end of their 2014 Easter Collection. First up is a box of four ‘Goose Eggs’ – three of which are made from Hotel Chocolat’s high cacao white chocolate (one flavoured with strawberry) and the fourth is made from their Caramel Chocolate (which seems to be getting into a lot of this year’s Easter Eggs). Not being the greatest…
  • The Chocolate Festival Easter 2014

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    This weekend saw Yael Rose’s Chocolate Festival return to London for its annual Easter outing, and for the first time the event moved indoors. Islington’s Business Design Centre hosted a very different festival that was small, but busy. If you couldn’t make it along, here’s a few photos to give you a taste. Click on a photo to enlarge it, and use the arrow keys to navigate between pictures. The post The Chocolate Festival Easter 2014 appeared first on Chocablog.
  • Rococo Bird Of Paradise Eggs

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Time for some more Easter chocolate treats, this time from Rococo Chocolates. Rococo have always been good at “small and quirky” seasonal gifts, and this box of treats is no exception. Contained within an old fashioned style egg box are 12 mini eggs, each filled with flavoured caramel. There are three flavours in all; Kalamansi Lime, Passion Fruit & Rosemary and Mandarin & Tonka Bean. Rococo’s Head Chocolatier, Barry Johnson has become known for these zingy flavoured caramels since taking on the role a couple of years ago. They’re a firm favourite of mine,…
  • The Cake & Bake Show Manchester 2014

    6 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’ve been to the London Cake & Bake Show a couple of times now, and while I enjoyed the show, the Earl’s Court venue isn’t my favourite. The show happens twice a year, with the second event held at Manchester Central, and I’d heard that the bright and airy former railway station made a great venue. So when Neff Appliances offered to pay for my train ticket if I could come to their Bake it Yourself event, I jumped at the chance. Even if it did mean a 5am start! I arrived at the venue at 10am, just in time for the event. Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite was…
  • Fruition Chocolate Jalapeño Dusted Corn Nuts

    31 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    One of the many benefits of working for Cocoa Runners is that our suppliers sometimes send us interesting samples along with our order shipments. As Cocoa Runners only deal with bars, I usually get to take things like this home for myself. It’s a tough job. For those not aware, Fruition Chocolate are an American bean-to-bar chocolate maker, based in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, near Woodstock – home of the famous music festival. Bryan Graham and his team make some of my all time favourite bars (their 56% Dark Milk with Fleur De Sel is to die for), but they also…
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    Sara Bakes Cakes blog

  • This Book was a Tree giveaway winner!!!

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    8 days in, and the cosmos seedlings are taking off. Still no sign of the sweet pea sprouts, but I'll give them a couple more days in their little egg incubators before giving up hope. Thanks to all who entered the giveaway for Marcie's book - picked Anne as the lucky winner!   And by the way, I agree with Sarah - Nellie Oleson was my favorite too. She was so evil, but her curls were so perfect!    Yesterday was spent in the backyard doing another project - this time dyeing eggs, our fingers and the dog. Best tip ever - use a cupcake tin to hold the dye.
  • This Book Was a Tree / Cackleberry Sprouts! / Giveaway!!

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    My good friend Marcie's book came out this month and I'm so proud to write about it and be part of her blog tour! This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures and Inspiration for Discovering the Natural World is magical. It's filled with get-out-there-and-experience-the-world-around-you projects of all shapes and sizes. Want to make a magnifying glass out of a water bottle? Create your own sundial? Turn old wool sweaters into felted flowers? Marcie knows how to do that and shares her wisdom and hand drawn art throughout. But most importantly, she encourages her readers to put down the screens, and…
  • Running - favorite things

    5 Jan 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I've been challenged by my good friend Britta over at Hudson & Hill to write a blog a week for the month of January. Seems easy, right? I mean - the woman just had twins and now has 4 kids under 5, if she can do it, I can, right? Then again, she's amazing and interesting and enlightening posts seem to just flow out of her, but I'm going to try my damndest to keep up. Here goes! Running - always said it was something I didn't do. Previously I'd get on a treadmill and jump off around around .45 mile mark, gasping for breath with a major stitch in my side. But I tried the whole running thing…
  • Movies? For kids? Have I got a list for you!!!

    23 Jul 2013 | 9:55 am
    We've been on a movie kick lately - I'll pretend and say the reason I haven't posted here since mid-flippin-March is because we've been watching so many movies. But that would be lying. Anyway - my boys and I watched a bunch of movies in fall 2011 when I was in the bowels of first-trimesterness with little guy #3, but we kind of stopped movie nights since then. Not sure why, because there's nothing better than curling up together in a dark-ish bedroom and watching a movies with kids. If you happen to nod off in the middle, no worries - make it a movie you've seen before and you'll still have…
  • The BEST buttercream

    20 Mar 2013 | 12:24 pm
    I love my buttercream recipe. This isn't the "fancy" buttery one (aka Swiss meringue or Italian meringue), but the one that reminds me more like the yummy grocery store-type frosting, but with better ingredients. Fortunately my good friend Sheri happens to agree with me. Check out her recent post for details (ps - go overboard on the vanilla, more vanilla can only make things taste that much better). Thanks for the love, Sheri! (and while you're at it, spend some time checking out her blog - everything this woman does looks and tastes amazing - I'm perpetually in awe)
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    Dessert First

  • Fluffy Marshmallow Creme Macarons for Easter

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Happy almost Easter! I'm looking forward to Isabelle's first Easter egg hunt, since she was too little last year to go hunting for eggs. She's still too little for Easter candy, fortunately: hopefully when she's older and finds out I kept all the chocolate bunnies and jellybeans from her she won't hold it against me! So since we're not stocking our place with Easter candy yet, what sweets to have for the holiday? What about macarons? I got an invitation from Sucré, a bakery in New Orleans, to sample their famous macarons and make my own spin on them. I never say no to macarons so I thought…
  • Marking a Milestone: Chocolate Whipped Cream Cookie Sandwiches

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    Dear readers, I’m back! Apologies for my extended absence, as the last few weeks were given over to finishing edits on my third cookbook. It’s with a sense of relief and anticipation that I let go of the manuscript, and let the publisher take over. I’m looking forward to sharing more about the book as it gets closer to release…stay tuned for more details! It’s been a tricky juggling act trying to work on the cookbook while caring for an increasingly mobile and precocious toddler, and attempting to tend to life’s other responsibilities. Although I’m a…
  • {Review}: Sweet Subscription Boxes (and a Giveaway)

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    I love getting things in the mail. Growing up, I was obsessed with the book/stamp/sticker/etc of the month clubs and heading out to the mailbox every day in anticipation of packages for me. Now the modern version of those clubs, subscription boxes, are calling my name. Hey, on the days I’m at home with the baby, a package on your doorstep is a big event, know what I mean? Although there are subscription boxes for pretty much every interest and need imaginable, there weren’t any sweet-related ones that really caught my eye. However, recently I was introduced to two sweet…
  • Kouign Amann with Praliné Noisette

    24 Feb 2014 | 1:06 am
    Kouign amann: this tongue-twistingly named pastry is also one of the tastiest things I have ever eaten, and seems to inspire such instant devotion wherever it pops up. Essentially an amped-up croissant with lots of extra butter and sugar added in, this pastry is not for those without a sweet tooth, or plenty of stomach space! Although kouign amann comes from France, its name is from Breton, which is a Celtic language. This pastry is a specialty of Brittany, where the Bretons settled after emigrating from Great Britain, way back in the 6th and 7th centuries. The name translates to…
  • Pink Ombre Cake for Baby’s 1st Birthday

    6 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple weeks ago Isabelle turned one year old. One! How did my inaugural year as a mom pass so quickly! I meant to post another update in between her six month milestone and now, but I guess a mega-ish update will have to do. Hopefully these periodic updates are still enjoyable! I keep a separate, private baby journal I try to update daily– although it might sound very dedicated, it really came about because I realized I literally could not remember things anymore. When I was younger I used to pride myself on having a pretty good memory – I was the person who remembered everyone’s…
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    Joe Pastry

  • Back Monday

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    It’s Holy Week and there’s lots to do: services to attend, prayers to say, stuff to bake, plastic eggs to fill with candy. But Easter or no, it promises to be a lovely spring weekend here in the hemisphere…I hope you have a splendid one!
  • Making Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    The whole thing disappeared off my platter in about 35 seconds yesterday, if you need an indication of how your friends will receive your bee sting cake. I went out to deliver a slice to a next-door neighbor and shortly two or three others emerged out of doorways and cars. They gobbled down the slices I gave them, then did the same with others that I'd intended for their spouses. "My wife needs to learn to be more social," my neighbor Charles said through a mouthful. "Let this be a lesson to her!" What was that we were saying about drones below? ...Read on...
  • How do bees build honeycomb?

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Love that question, reader Buzz, even more than your highly creative "bee week" alias! Bee lovers have puzzled over that for millennia. How is it that such simple creatures can produce structures as architecturally complex as honeycomb, with its perfect rows of hexagonal cells? They must be geniuses, every one of them a Buckminster Fuller in miniature! ...Read on...
  • Busy, Busy, Busy

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Here are a few bee statistics for you. To make one pound of honey bees must fly 55,000 miles and visit some 2 million individual flowers. When you consider that a medium-producing hive will make about 150 pounds of honey a season, that's a lot of activity. Eight and a quarter million miles flown and 300 million blooms. For one hive....Read on...
  • Hmmm…

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    I got all excited the other day when I heard that we might be having ten people over for dinner instead of six. I thought: well, why not make a really big bee sting cake out of a full recipe of brioche dough? Seemed a little risky but I decided to go for it out of curiosity. I was both alarmed and impressed when it emerged from the oven as a 16-inch-wide, 6-inch-tall behemoth. ...Read on...
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    Cake Talk

  • Hot Cross Buns

    Marys Cakes
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of our most delicious breads, hot cross buns, are made from a rich dough full of eggs and butter, and dotted with currants. They are soft, slightly sweet, and delicious. We make them at Easter. Ever wonder why they...
  • One Word: Extraordinary

    Marys Cakes
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Extraordinary: adj. Extremely good or impressive. Very unusual or remarkable. Extraordinary. That's our mantra. When I preach it at the bakery I describe it as "The Rule of One." The Rule of One states that any given person or customer...
  • One Word: Local

    Marys Cakes
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Before we asked our customers to describe Mary's Cakes in a single word, we came up with one of our own: Local. Back in December, I wrote a post on The Meaning of Local. Here's a bit more (and we're...
  • What's Happening in APRIL...

    Marys Cakes
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Here's what's going on in April at Mary's Cakes & Pastries: ART NIGHT is the first Thursday of the month in Historic Downtown Northport. Mary's Cakes will be featurning Aubrey and Jonathan from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aubrey and Jonathan are Tuscaloosa's...
  • Making Potica!

    Marys Cakes
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Potica is not something you see everyday, Unless you happen to live in Slovenia, where it is a national culinary treasure (really, it's even featured on a postage stamp!). Potica (pronounced po-TEET-za) is a rolled nut bread from Slovenia (and...
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    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE

  • Hummingbird Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Marshmallow or Cream Cheese Frosting

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Oh the internet . . . it's a blessing . . . it's a curse! Have you ever found yourself thinking; I'll just look at Pinterest for a minute or two, before I vacuum or dust? Two hours later, you realize that it's two hours later! One of those pictures took me to Saveur the other day, where I came across this yummy recipe for Hummingbird Cake.
  • Orange Coconut Pull-Apart Bread

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Winter does give us a few perks. I believe that we don't need to stress out quite as much, when it comes to our wardrobe. 1. We can just throw on a nice winter coat & a stylish pair of boots and we are set. 2. Toes don't need to look perfect . . . nobody sees them. 3. Legs aren't shaved quite as often, and we don't seem to care. Lastly . . . for me . . . the best perk of winter . . . a husband who is home earlier in the evening. Summer seems to kidnap him and forces him to work 16 hours a day. I have to be careful not to let myself sing the summer b-l-u-e-s. If you are or have been a…
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    Wild Yeast

  • YeastSpotting 4.18.14

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 4.11.14

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 4.4.14

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 3.28.14

    28 Mar 2014 | 12:01 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
  • YeastSpotting 3.21.14

    21 Mar 2014 | 11:47 am
    Loaves and Rolls, First Batch Loaves and Rolls, Second Batch Flat Breads, Sweet Breads, and More YeastSpotting is a periodic collective showcase of yeasted baked goods and dishes with bread as a main ingredient. For more bread inspiration, and information on how to submit your bread, please visit the YeastSpotting archive. © Wild Yeast, 2014. | Permalink | No comment
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    The Cupcake Blog


    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Sometimes the classics are the best. Even though you can make cupcakes that contain everything from squash to spinach, and in flavors like Nutella, pineapple and rose (yes, rose) there are some that are infinitely better than the others. Look at these chocolate chocolate cupcakes, for example. They consist of chocolate batter, flavored with chocolate powder and vanilla extract, and are topped with chocolate icing and a few chocolate shavings. Classic, yet perfect. Source Naturally Ella
  • Easter Cupcakes

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Carrot cake cupcakes and cream cheese frosting combine to make these adorable Easter themed cupcakes. The carrot cake batter contains a few unique ingredients: pineapple, pecans, coconut, and, of course, carrots. The homemade buttercream frosting is used in its original color to make the nests (add a few mini Cadbury eggs for effect) and tinted yellow to make the Easter chick cupcakes. A few extra details, like bits of chocolate for the eyes, and voila! Easter goodness. Source Cupcake Adventures

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Few things make a better snack than tiny, bite sized cupcakes. These ginger ones are flavored with ground ginger (hence the name), grated nutmeg, lemon zest, vanilla extract and fresh ginger. The frosting is a homemade lemon cream cheese, that perfectly compliments the cupcakes without overpowering them. Bake these treats, let them cool, frost them, and then top off with some sliced, candied ginger to give them a little extra kick. You’ll find these hard to resist! Source Fine Cooking
  • Easter Funfetti Cupcakes

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    A Funfetti cupcake is a special cupcake, perfect for making at Easter as it has mini eggs set in the twirled vanilla frosting. With a regular cupcake when out of the oven, cut out a hole in the center and fill it with a surprise of your favorite instant pudding mix. Twirl on a vanilla topping and then arrange at least three mini eggs on it. You now have the perfect Funfetti cupcake, which will delight and please the whole family. Source American Cupcake Abroad

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Chocolate Stout cupcakes can easily become a delectable adults-only treat, especially if they are coated in a homemade vanilla cream cheese frosting. These cupcakes, which consist of room-temperature Guinness, eggs, yogurt, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sugar, flour, melted butter, ground cinnamon and baking powder, are fairly easy to make, once all of the ingredients have been gathered. Once they are baked and covered in luscious vanilla cream cheese frosting, you won’t be able to resist them! Source Pinch My Salt
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    Bunny's Warm Oven

  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Another Fantastic way to make chicken!To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title.We eat a lot of chicken in this house so when my friend Beverly gave me this recipe she's been making for 40 years I was anxious to try it.  After making it, I can see why she's held on to it and been making it for as long as she has! I loved the mild Parmesan flavor and how very tender the chicken was!  I used chicken legs and thighs, we prefer the dark meat in chicken.  I buy leg quarters when they're on sale and cut them into legs and thighs and freeze them or use right away.  The ingredient…
  • Boston Cream Poke Cake

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This is a 9 inch cake, because sometimes a big cake is just to much.To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title.There are those times when you want cake but a 13x9 inch is just too big.  That happens a lot here because there are only two of us.  For some reason for the last two days my mind has been occupied with the flavors of a Boston Cream Pie.  When that happens, those flavors have to hit my taste buds to satisfy my craving.  How do I get the flavors I want without having a ton left over plus save some time in the kitchen. Scaling down to meet my craving and going semi…
  • A Delicious Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    A delicious soft 100% whole wheat bread recipe!To Read More,Click On The Recipe Title. We have two food bloggers in this big food loving family. Today I'd like to introduce you to Paul's son Zephaniah , the author of the blog Bread +Bourbon. He is also a teacher, musician, singer, song writer, baker and lover of good food.  Like this delicious cooked to perfection southern fried chicken from his blog Bread+Bourbon.   Zeph came to visit from Tennessee a couple of weeks back and we decided to bake together.  Since neither one of us had ever made a 100% whole wheat bread, we…
  • Pasta Salad My Way

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Pasta Salad My Way means there's lots of "stuff" added to make this more a meal than a side dish for the warmer summer months to come.To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.When the weather starts warming up I start thinking about ways to cool down.  Pasta Salad is the perfect warm weather food for us.  And when the garden comes in full swing it's the perfect way to incorporate more fresh veggies into what we eat.  Pasta Salad with out "stuff" in it is just pasta with dressing, no fun at all.  I've loaded this one up with everything but the kitchen sink, and it was…
  • Lemon SemiFreddo with Blueberries

    7 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    SemiFreddo: a partially frozen Italian dessert  similar to ice cream...To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.SemiFreddo was one of those dessert that I always wanted to try but just never got around to making.  I could just kick myself in the butt for waiting so long!  This was dessert for a family dinner at our house.  Oh my....the cool creaminess, the perfect lemon flavor accompanied by a splash of was luscious.  It's a flavor combination that makes you sit there and want it to keep going on and on savoring every bite. It's like eating the best ice…
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    Love & Flour

  • Slow-Cooker Chicken with Lime, Honey and Soy

    Love & Flour
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    When I read a recipe from a slow cooker cookbook,  I expect to use only my slow cooker. Imagine my surprise when the original version of this recipe called for frying the chicken, sauteing  an onion, and boiling a sauce all before slow cooking. Help me. Still, I liked the idea of using Chinese Five Spice, honey, […]
  • Greek Lentil Soup

    Love & Flour
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Welcome to the simplest soup recipe of all time. I have been working my way through a page of soup recipes I tore from a magazine upwards of four years ago. I started with winter tomato soup and followed it with a carrot and sweet potato soup spiced with ginger. Savory Moroccan soup is right up there on […]
  • Banana Walnut Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

    Love & Flour
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I suspect most of us are familiar with “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” as an excuse to stretch the parameters of  the socially acceptable time to throw back a drink. I tend to have an “it’s 8 o’clock somewhere” attitude when cookies are involved for breakfast. I do not know if this is a terrible (because […]
  • Green Apple & Macadamia Quinoa Salad

    Love & Flour
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Quinoa salad with green apples and macadamia nuts is now my favorite way to eat quinoa. I was not sure about an apple and a green pepper in the same salad. Add to that combo a green onion and a cucumber, and I was definitely not on board. The fact that I like things that stray […]
  • Chai-Spiced Breakfast Bread

    Love & Flour
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:23 pm
    In the spirit of holding on to this post because I had nothing (well, nothing all that valuable anyway) to say, I turned to my standby content generator and looked for quotes. When I think of chai, tea instantly comes to mind, so I started there. I found a warm and fuzzy quote: “There is something […]
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    Gourmet Cookie Bouquets Recipe Blog

  • Why Do People Choose Gluten-Free?

    Rae Ann
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    It seems like you can’t turn on a cooking show these days without seeing another celebrity chef preparing a gluten-free recipe. One quick look at the aisle of any grocery store is equally likely to convince you that the entire world has gone gluten-free. Wonder why so many people are headed in this direction in terms of nutrition? The answer is more complicated than you think. What is Gluten? Before you can understand the reason so many people have moved toward a gluten-free lifestyle, it’s important to understand exactly what gluten is. It’s actually just a type of protein that can be…
  • Easter Egg Hunt Cake

    Rae Ann
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:57 am
    It’s so much fun to hunt for Easter eggs. This year, why not carry the tradition inside as well by making an Easter egg hunt cake? This delectable dessert is made to look like Easter eggs are hidden amidst the frosting. There are many ways to decorate this cake, so get creative. You can do miniature cakes, mufins or cupcakes instead of a whole sheet cake too. Grab some food coloring, coconut, and jelly beans and have a ball. Be sure to involve the kids as that’s half the fun. Here are some easy recipes for you to try. Easter Egg Hunt Carrot Cake (Courtesy of This cake…
  • Healthy Party Food Ideas

    Rae Ann
    27 Feb 2014 | 12:36 pm
    There’s nothing quite as fun as throwing a party. The most difficult part, though, is choosing what to serve. Many these days are choosing to include healthier party food fare to serve quests who would prefer options other than high calorie party food. Here are a few choices that can help. Remember to use reduced fat dressings and dips wherever possible. Choosing hummus, for example, over a sour cream based dip is a good choice. You can also often replace the sour cream or mayo in a dip with fat-free yogurt so you can serve your favorites without the additional calories. For dessert, you…
  • Pink Ribbon Dessert Ideas

    Rae Ann
    13 Feb 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Breast Cancer Awareness month hits every October, and while there are lots of different ways to show your support including runs, walks, and benefit dinners, there are some simple things you can do, too. Here are some dessert ideas to take to that Pink Ribbon party or even your church potluck to help increase awareness. Pink Lemonade Dessert Think fluffy, cool, and pink, and you have the perfect dessert during October. Start by heating your oven to 350 degrees. In your food processor, crush 2 cups of broken pretzels with ¼ cup of sugar. After 20 seconds, drizzle ½ cup of melted butter…
  • Dogs Love Cookies Too! Dog Cookie Recipes

    Rae Ann
    30 Jan 2014 | 3:58 am
    Making cookies for you and your family members is a great idea, but sooner or later, you may want to bake a box of cookies for someone else. Have you ever thought about making a few for Fido? Here are some recipes that can help. Best of Breed Dog Biscuits (from King Arthur Flour) Ready to give your pups an amazing treat that’s as easy to make as it is tasty? Try this! You’ll need two cups of whole wheat flour, a cup of rolled oats, a tablespoon of dried parsley, one half cup of powdered milk and one half teaspoon of salt. Stir all of those ingredients together, then add in two eggs and a…
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  • Giveaway! Eat More Dessert by Jenny Keller (Marian (Sweetopia))
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I have a fun little giveaway for you today! (No April Fool’s trick on this one!). Jenny Keller, of, has a new book being released on April 8th – Eat More Dessert, with... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Sweet Pea Cupcake Toppers (Marian (Sweetopia))
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Hello friends! Almost 3 months since my last post – a first for me! I’ve never missed a month in 5 years of blogging (February was Sweetopia’s 5 year anniversary too!), and I have... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Pastel Christmas Cookies & Barn Light Electric Graniteware Bowls (Marian (Sweetopia))
    23 Dec 2013 | 7:46 am
    Last batch of cookies for this year! Chocolate sugar cookies covered in pastel royal icing, ready to hand out in my new Barn Light Electric enamelware bowls. Inspired by their beautiful delphite blue... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Northern Lights Cookies (Marian (Sweetopia))
    20 Dec 2013 | 8:44 pm
    Thrilled to be enlisted by gorgeous clothing company Aritzia to make DIY Northern Lights Cookies, these were simple to create using an edible ink image printer. You can check out the article here and... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Winter Hat & Mitten Decorated Cookie How-To (Marian (Sweetopia))
    19 Dec 2013 | 9:56 am
    Whether or not you’re in an area which receives snow during the holiday season, making these hat and mitten decorated cookies will put you in a festive mood – and if you’re sharing... Visit to view the entire post.
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    HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate

  • Spaghetti Birthday Cake

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    I get lots of requests for easy birthday cakes, this one is so easy that my kids made it for their dad’s birthday. His favourite meal is spaghetti and his cake of choice is carrot cake. Spaghetti Birthday Cake Recipe … Continue reading →The post Spaghetti Birthday Cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Giant Gummy Bear Kit Kat and m&m cake

    11 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    “I made a giant gummy bear Kit Kat and M&M cake today while you were at school, do you want to see a photo?” “Woooaaahhh that’s awesome, can I have some when we get home?” “I gave it away” “What!!! … Continue reading →The post Giant Gummy Bear Kit Kat and m&m cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    Learn how to make home made chocolate Easter eggs with a surprise inside.  Easter egg hunts are so much fun, with the biggest egg always last.  One year when I was a child my mum carefully set up an Easter … Continue reading →The post How to Make Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Divergent Movie Cake

    28 Mar 2014 | 1:42 am
    Which Divergent movie faction are you? Candor: I don’t want to write out this recipe tonight, I want to go to sleep. Honest Abnegation: Someone may want to make this cake and they’ll need the recipe so you must help … Continue reading →The post Divergent Movie Cake appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
  • Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial

    21 Mar 2014 | 1:29 am
    The best pet is one that sheds no hair, makes no mess and is not too noisy.  Meet my pet dragons.  They live inside the castle cake but will be just as happy residing anywhere in your home. To make … Continue reading →The post Pet Dragons & Castle Cake Tutorial appeared first on HowToCookThat : Cakes, Dessert & Chocolate.
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    Super Happy Cupcakes

  • Gluten Free Cupcakes

    Lainie LIberti
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Gluten Free Girl and the Chef – Playing With Our Food A slice of gluten-free pizza. Our cookbook, GlutenFree Girl Every Day, is born into the world today. Danny teases me often that I get crushes on different glutenfree flours. The words that burrow in. What is family dinner like in your house. Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Elana Amsterdam – Random House – Book – eBook With fifty cupcake recipes plus a variety of frostings to mix and match, Gluten-FreeCupcakes offers delightful cupcake alternatives—as tasty as their traditional counterparts—to anyone in need of a little cupcake…
  • Your Essential Tools For Making A Layer Cake

    Lainie LIberti
    8 Jan 2014 | 11:37 am
    Layer cakes are our kind of cakes. Why go for a slim sandwich sponge when you can get more baked goods for your buck by piling up the layers? The only thing better than cake is more cake, so put the kettle on and settle down for a cuppa and a slice of sky-high sponge.   Layer cakes may look complicated to pull off, but they’re surprisingly easy, if you’ve got time to spend – it’s almost exactly the same as making a normal sponge…you’re just stacking up layers. It’s a great opportunity to get creative with a piping bag and some shimmery baking accessories.   When it…
  • Golf Green Cupcake

    Lainie LIberti
    7 Feb 2013 | 2:57 pm
    An avid golfer and greens keeper at a golf course just turned a year older and to commemorate, the baker came up with a deliciously fantastic idea! The baker made a banana cake decorated with a golf course’s green surrounding. The birthday boy was genuinely surprised and only made a tiny “professional” comment: “in our circles, that would be called fertilizer burn, not a sand pit.” At least we know better now, for improvements in the future! In any case, this one’s a yummy delight for golf enthusiasts. Hole #19 is the club house! Dig in and eat! By…
  • Pink Ribbon Cupcakes

    Lainie LIberti
    5 Feb 2013 | 2:52 pm
     This batch of cupcakes was baked for a strong woman named Linda, a breast cancer survivor and golf enthusiast. Linda also started up CCBB, which began as a hobby and soon became  successful business. Linda makes beautiful jewellery in which 50% of her profits are donated to York Region Breast Cancer Friends (see for more). Since January 2005, she has already donated more than $90,000! To celebrate this success, the baker came up with pink fondant breast cancer ribbon toppings for vanilla buttercream and chocolate cupcakes. She also made fondant decorations…
  • Fruity Cupcake Set

    Lainie LIberti
    3 Feb 2013 | 2:28 pm
     These are vanilla cupcakes with chocolate ganache icing. For toppings, we have adorable little fondant fruit decorations. Need we say more? These are, undoubtedly delicious and delectable, and very clearly mouth-watering! The combination of chocolate and vanilla makes this cupcake set irresistibly good. This fruity cupcake set was made for a company named Purkel Products Inc. Starting top left in clockwise direction, we have: grapes, peach, strawberry, apple, cherries, lime, banana, pear, orange, lemon, and Purkel logo in the centre! With the fruity cupcake assortment, you can dig…
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  • Step by Step-Making Pasta at Home

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:41 am
    “As opposed to pasta made from a box,  fresh pasta has a very subtle sponginess to it that takes sauce perfectly, is easier to cook to a proper al dente and, let’s […]
  • Bavarian Cream and Raspberry Charlotte

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Rolled slices of biscuit roulade and raspberry preserves, molded into a dome and then filled with fresh vanilla bavarian cream.  This entire recipe, with the exception of the preserves, was […]
  • Cream Cheese Pie and Tart Crust

    6 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    Cream Cheese pie crust is hardy, dense and flaky.  Almost like a danish or puff pastry, it’s one of the few crusts family and guests never leave a scrap of […]
  • Vanilla Bavarian Cream

    27 Mar 2014 | 11:34 am
      This is post #2 of our raspberry and bavarian cream Charlotte, which was put together using recipes from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Cake Bible.  The recipe is very similar to our […]
  • Biscuit Roulade

    22 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Biscuit Roulade (Bis-quiy Roo-Laad) is a swiss army knife of cake.  This recipe comes from the ultimate cake baker’s reference, Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Cake Bible, which Angie gifted to me and […]
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    The Cake Lovers

  • Dragon Ball Z wedding Cake!!

    12 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    My first tiered wedding cake! Both the bride and groom are massive dragonball z fans! Tiers were chocolate fudge with dark chocolate icing, carrot cake with cinnamon buttercream, orange and ginger cake with ginger and... The post Dragon Ball Z wedding Cake!! appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Claudia Behrens Cakes

    Patrick Mcgaw
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Claudia Behrens Cakes Here are some amazing cakes created by Claudia Behrens Cakes from Munich, Germany.  I really like the 50th birthday cake with the lady figurine with the paint brush in her hand.  Great... The post Claudia Behrens Cakes appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • cup cake wedding cakes

    Patrick Mcgaw
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    cup cake wedding cakes Lovely cup cake wedding cakes.  I love the colors and especially the lace cupcake liners.  I found this amazing cupcakes on Pinterest.  You can find a lot of interesting cakes on... The post cup cake wedding cakes appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Luxury Cake by Lucia Candela

    Patrick Mcgaw
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Luxury Cake by Lucia Candela Here are some amazing wedding cakes by Luxury Cake by Lucia Candela.  Luxury Cake by Lucia Candela is located in Naples, Italy.  She specializes in making beautiful wedding cakes, specialty cakes... The post Luxury Cake by Lucia Candela appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Alice

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:59 am
    Gâteau Alice au pays des merveilles The post Alice appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
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  • How to Make Easy Chocolate Mousse

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Posted: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:45amSolo Foods wants to share one of the most decadent ways to eat chocolate. Imagine a creamy, rich concoction to share with the ones you love!Chocolate mousse is the perfect dessert dish to make for your family or that special someone as a delicious treat. It’s light, it’s decadent and it is super easy to make! All you need is a few ingredients to make the perfect chocolate mousse.
  • The Great Debate: Cake vs. Pie

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 1:45pmIt seems that the Cake vs. Pie debate is as polarizing as any political issue. The most easy-going dessert fan bristles up, ready to defend their champion. Thankfully, we love all desserts and would happily eat either cake or pie. But what makes some dessert eaters prefer one dessert over the other?Why Pie Takes the Cake:
  • 8 Spring Dessert Recipes–Cakes, Cookies and More!

    20 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 9:00amSpring (and dessert) is in the air! Can you feel it? The warm weather, greener trees and pretty flowers are blooming everywhere you turn. Looking for a way to celebrate the first day of spring? Check out these deliciously easy desserts you can make to celebrate springtime. Get creative with fresh, fruity flavors and with the help of some awesome bloggers, you’ll be baking a delicious dessert in no time.
  • How to Make Hamantaschen

    13 Mar 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pmBaking RecipesIf you’re a fan of Purim, you’re a fan of the deliciously fruit-filled cookies, Hamantaschen. These little triangles of goodness are the quintessential cookie to make during this Jewish holiday and are extremely versatile in flavor and filling. Although traditional Hamantaschen are normally filled with poppyseed filling, they can technically be made with any kind of fruit or dessert filling your heart desires.
  • How to Make Ice Cream Bread

    7 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 2:00pmCraving bread, but don't have a loaf in your house and are all out of the ingredients you need? Then turn to our old friend ice cream to make a delicious bread recipe!Ice Cream Bread Ingredients
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