Tribesigns Digital Kitchen Timer, reviewed

My kitchen timer gets more use than any piece of equipment in my kitchen. I use it to time everything from french press pots of coffee in the morning to recipes that I’m developing in the afternoon. I’ve gone through dozens of kitchen timers over the years and have found that some are better than others ....more

6 Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes to Make on Pancake Day

Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras, is the Tuesday before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. The idea behind the day is that people went out of their way to indulge in certain foods that they would not be able to eat during Lent. These foods include butter, milk and eggs – and what better way to use up butter milk and eggs than with a few batches of pancakes! ...more

Strawberry Shortbread

Shortbread is a cookie that never wears out its welcome in my kitchen, probably because I love butter so much. A good shortbread recipe uses plenty of butter and allows that butter flavor to come through in the finished cookies. In addition to showcasing butter, shortbread is also an excellent canvas on which to play with other flavors because the cookies are so simple ....more

The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook

Hot Bread Kitchen is a New York-based bakery that trains low income immigrants from all over the world in how to become financially independent through a baking career. The bakery started training women – many of whom grew up baking traditional breads, as well as preparing other traditional foods, in their home countries – in language, business and professional kitchen skills and grew from there to become the larger incubator that it is today. But though the business as grown, the breads they produce are the core of the business and the recipes they use come from the countries that their employees are from ....more

Baking Bites for Craftsy: 15 Essential Spices for Your Pantry

Your spice collection is one of the most important tools that you can have in your kitchen because it allows you to make such a wide variety of delicious foods, both sweet and savory, on a daily basis. My spice cabinet is loaded with spices, but the truth is that I don’t need all of them. There is a core group of spices that most of us use on a regular basis and, whether you are paring down your spice collection during your annual spring cleaning or stocking the pantry in a new kitchen for the first time, my list of 15 Essential Spices Every Cook Should Have should get you off to a good start ....more

Coconut Mocha

Chocolate and coconut is one of my favorite combinations – after chocolate and coffee, of course. Starbucks and other coffee chains tend to put coconut on their spring and summer menus, when consumers are in the mood for a cold beverage with a tropical flair. While I enjoy coconut mocha frappuccinos, I also enjoy hot coconut mochas ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Oh Sweet Day‘s Coconut Banana Cream Pie combines the flavors of two popular cream pies into one delicious dessert. The pie recipe starts with a tender toasted coconut crust that is baked and cooled while the filling is prepared. The crust could go with many different fillings, but pairs perfectly with this banana cream ....more

Valentine’s Day Funfetti Cake

Funfetti cakes have been one of my favorite types of cake for celebrations for years. The colorful cakes are easy to make and never fail to put smiles on the faces of anyone being served a slice. They’re typically made with rainbow sprinkles, but by using holiday-specific sprinkles, you can tailor your funfetti cakes to suit any occasion ....more

What is chicory?

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France as a coffee substitute during a coffee shortage ....more

Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan

I love mini cakes of all shapes and sizes and own a wide variety of specialty pans that allow me to make them, even if I usually stick to the most widely available mini cake pans (muffin pans, for instance) for most of the recipes I share here. Most cake and muffin recipes can be easily adapted to mini cake pans by tweaking the baking time a little bit, giving your desserts a whole new look without much extra effort. This new Nordic Ware Beehive Cakelet Pan is one of the cutest new pans that I’ve seen in a while and is well worth adding to your collection this season if you, like me, have a soft spot for fun pans ....more