PaperChef Culinary Parchment Lotus Baking Cups, reviewed

I have a huge array of baking cups in my pantry. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The wrappers that are the most eye catching tend to be the “lotus” baking cups, which are made of parchment paper and designed so that excess paper rises up over the top of the muffin ....more

Hoecakes with Maple Butter

Hoecakes may look like regular pancakes at first glance, but they are a bit different than that standard breakfast fare. Hoecakes are coarse cakes made of cornmeal, similar to cornbread. It is said that the name dates back to the pre-Civil War era, where a version of the recipe made with just cornmeal and water was baked on the blade of a hoe ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Zucchini is plentiful all summer long and it never hurts to have a few new ways to put it to use. Culinary Concoctions by Peabody whipped up a batch of Zucchini Apple Maple Muffins that are the perfect way to bridge the gap between summer and fall baking seasons – a gap that still has plenty of zucchini in it! The muffins are packed with both grated zucchini and grated apple, which gives them a lot of flavor and also makes the muffin exceptionally moist and tender ....more

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Most pie crusts are made with flour, butter and water, with a pinch of salt and sugar to add a little bit of additional flavor. The three basic ingredients change in proportion from recipe to recipe, but they are rarely replaced. This Buttermilk Pie Crust is a departure from my “usual” pie crust recipe because it uses buttermilk instead of water to bind the ingredients together ....more

Donna Bell’s Bake Shop

Fans of the hit show NCIS will immediately recognize the face of Pauley Perrette on the cover of Donna Bell’s Bake Shop: Recipes and Stories of Family, Friends, and Food. She plays forensic analyst Abby Sciuto on the show – but what you may not know is that she also owns a popular bakery in New York with her two best friends. Donna Bell’s Bake Shop specializes in homemade, Southern-style baked goods ....more

Blackberry Galette

Galettes are one of my favorite tarts to bake. Not only are they delicious, but they’re easy to make and don’t require any special equipment because the crust is shaped by hand right on a baking sheet. This Blackberry Galette is a wonderfully easy dessert to make when you find yourself with a few cups of fresh blackberries to use up ....more

Tiki Drinks Book Giveaway!

This summer, my newest cookbook – Tiki Drinks: Tropical Cocktails for the Modern Bar – was released just in time for the summer entertaining season. The book is packed with delicious rum drinks that are nothing like those overly sweet blended drinks that were popular in the 1970s. They are fresh, modern updates to the drinks that started the original tiki trend back in the 1930s, all made with quality rums, homemade syrups and freshly squeezed juices ....more

Stoneware Bundt Baking Dish

If you have a bundt pan in your kitchen, it is probably one made out of cast aluminum that was produced by Nordic Ware. The bundt pan was invented by H. David Dalquist, the founder of Nordic Ware, which has produced well over 50 million pans to date ....more

No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

For those days that you just don’t feel like baking, there are plenty of no-bake desserts to choose from and this No Bake Dulce de Leche Cheesecake is sure to become a favorite with all the cheesecake-lovers out there. The dessert is incredibly easy to make and uses just a handful of ingredients. In fact, the only thing that might be easier than making this recipe is buying a cheesecake that has already been prepared ....more

Bites from other Blogs

Tomorrow (August 20th) is National Lemonade Day. As a lemonade fan, I was feeling a bit inspired by the sweet-tart summer beverage this week and couldn’t resist keeping my eyes out for some lemony baked goods that might pair well with a freshly made batch of lemonade. The Baked Lemon Donuts with Natural Raspberry Glaze from The Little Things capture both the look and the flavors of summer ....more