White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Raisins and dried cranberries are two of the most commonly used dried fruits in baked goods, but they’re not the only dried fruit that you might find in your pantry. Instead of reaching for the raisins the next time you are in the mood to bake a batch of oatmeal cookies, consider reaching for dried blueberries, pineapple or apricots instead to bring some new flavors into your cookies and give the raisins a break. These White Chocolate & Apricot Oatmeal Cookie Bars are an absolutely delicious variation on the classic oatmeal cookie, baked in bar form ....more

Stick On Edible Eyes

There are plenty of people who don’t want to eat food that is looking back at them, but even the pickiest eaters might be inclined to make an exception if the thing looking back at them is a donut or slice of cake. With Suck UK’s Stick On Edible Eyes, you can put a funky pair of eyes on just about anything! Unlike the hard “eyes” made of royal icing that have been sold in cake decorating kits for years, these edible eyes are similar in look and feel to traditional paper stickers, thin and flexible ....more

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Food Processor Coconut Macaroons

When it comes to easy-to-make cookies, coconut macaroons are one of my favorites. The cookies only require a few simple ingredients – namely, egg whites, coconut and sugar – and I typically only add in a pinch of salt and a bit of vanilla extract or citrus zest to make them stand out. If you happen to have a food processor in your kitchen, you can make coconut macaroons even more easily than ever before using my recipe for Coconut Macaroons that I’m sharing on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) ....more

Lychee Limeade

Lychees are delicious fruits to have around. I typically eat them as-is, since that is when you can really taste their perfumy melon flavor the best, or chop them up and pile them onto homemade frozen yogurt and shaved ice. The fruits don’t gain much additional flavor after cooking, so they are rarely used in recipes ....more

What are Lychees?

Lychees are one of the more unusual looking fruits that you’ll find in the produce section of your local grocery store. They are small – usually smaller than a golf ball – have a rough, bright pink rind covering a tender, white flesh. The rind is thin and can be peeled away from the flesh of the fruit easily, then the fruit itself can be eaten ....more

Mexican Street Corn Cornbread

Elote, or Mexican grilled street corn, is one of my favorite summer foods. You start with fresh corn on the cob, grill it then top it with mayonnaise, peppers and fresh cotija cheese. It is an amazing blend of sweet, savory and spicy flavors that I will serve up any chance I can get ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Summertime puts me in the mood for cool refreshing treats, like popsicles and sorbets. Minimalist Baker came up with a Raspberry Coconut Mango Sorbet that is a sure way to beat the heat on a warm day. This tropical dessert is made with fresh mangoes and raspberries, which are blended with full fat coconut milk and sugar to give it a sweet and creamy finish ....more

Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut, reviewed

In the baking aisle, the most commonly found coconut is sweetened, shredded coconut. This soft, fluffy coconut is and was the gold standard for baking. But it isn’t the only coconut option out there ....more

Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

There is nothing like a cupcake to perk you up on a day when you’re feeling a big down – or put an even bigger smile on your face when you’re already having a good day! Though cupcakes were certainly a trendy food in the past couple of years, these little cakes aren’t just a flash in the pan. Everyone loves a good cupcake and they’ll always have a place in both bakeries and home kitchens ....more

Strawberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a wonderful dessert to bake when you have fresh fruit in the kitchen. The classic French dessert is halfway between a custard and a cake in consistency, with the slice-ability of a cake and the eggy richness of a custard. Clafoutis are traditionally made with cherries, but can be made with any type of fruit, including pears, plums and strawberries ....more