Barrel Aged Vanilla White Russian

A White Russian is a decadent dessert cocktail made with vodka, Kahlua (or another coffee liqueur) and cream. It’s creamy, not overly sweet and has a great coffee flavor. It’s easy to make and even easier to drink ....more

No Knead Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Bun Bread

Everyone knows that pumpkin spice is the official flavor of fall. And while it can seem like everything is pumpkin pie spiced at this time of year, some of those treats are much better than others (as in all things. This Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Bun Bread is definitely in the “better than others” category ....more

Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract, reviewed

Last year around this time, I made my own homemade Pumpkin Spice Extract to use when baking. The extract was a huge hit and I am already making another batch for this year, as it takes a couple of weeks to infuse. If you can’t wait to make your own – or want to get a jump start on your pumpkin spice baking while you’re waiting for your DIY extract to infuse – I am happy to share the news that there are a couple of pumpkin spice extracts out there that you can buy ....more

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Fall Morning Muffins

The pumpkin spice latte is a fall favorite for many coffee lovers. Man cannot live by lattes alone, however, so you are going to want to pair your favorite fall beverages with some delicious fall foods. These hearty muffins are ideal for mornings where there is a bit of a chill in the air ....more

Brown Sugar Bourbon Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Extracts, like vanilla and almond, are designed to infuse a baked good with flavor and are highly concentrated so that you don’t need to use very much to taste their impact. I love vanilla and use a lot of it in my baking, but I still like to mix things up. While many cookies call for bourbon vanilla, I used real bourbon in these cookies ....more

Mary Berry 100 Cakes and Bakes

If you’re a fan of the Great British Baking Show (and it is such an enjoyable program, it’s hard not to become a fan after seeing just one episode!), then you know about Mary Berry. The popular judge is a well known food writer and is, unfortunately, not returning to the show next season. This is a loss to fans who love the charming judge and, though there are rumors that she might end up with another show on the BBC, it just won’t be the same without her ....more

Prune and Cognac Clafoutis

Cognac is a wonderful French brandy that is full of rich flavors that include raisins, apples, warm spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee), wood and toast – and that is to name only a few of the flavors you might encounter. The exact flavor profile of cognac varies between blends, between brands and between cognacs that bear different age statements. Though some of the tasting notes may differ, dried fruit flavors are always present and give cognac its distinct sweetness ....more

Cherry Julep

Mint juleps are simple, refreshing cocktails that offer a boozy way to beat the heat on a hot day. Many of us associate them with the Kentucky Derby, as they are the official cocktail of that particular event, but they can be enjoyed any time of year. The basic recipe is made with nothing more than bourbon, mint, a little sugar and a lot of shaved ice ....more

Owl’s Brew “Classic” Tea Cocktail Mixer, reviewed

The most common cocktail mixers out there are sour mix (lemon/lime and sugar) and sodas, but there are actually a wide variety of mixers out there, including some very unique ones!...more

Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread

Carrot cake isn’t really a breakfast food, though it does contain a serving of veggies (well, sort of!), because it is usually fortified with quite a bit of sugar and topped with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting. If you’re a fan of carrot cake but want a more breakfast-friendly format, give this Carrot Oatmeal Quick Bread a try! The bread has many of the same flavors that you would find in a traditional carrot cake, but baked into a sturdier quick bread form that is perfect for breakfast or brunch ....more