Chocolate Covered Strawberry M&M Cookies

Always eager to try unusual candies around the holidays, I scooped up a bag of White...more

Eagle Brand Caramel Sweetened Condensed Milk, reviewed

Limited edition flavors are all the rage these days, whether you’re talking about a special holiday beverage at Starbucks or a seasonal Oreo cookie flavor. Eagle Brand, known for its sweetened condensed milk, has also been testing out some limited edition flavors that are designed to show off how versatile sweetened condensed milk can be. Their new flavors include chocolate, which I reviewed a few weeks ago, and caramel ....more

Baking Bites Kitchen Renovation – Planning A New Layout

In my last update on my kitchen renovation, I documented the demolition of the out-of-date and seriously dirty kitchen in my new place. Pulling out those old cabinets made it look better than I had seen it – but a kitchen without cabinets, appliances and countertops isn’t that much use in the long run and I wanted to get the new stuff in there! Why I Went With IKEA I decided early on in my kitchen planning process that I would go with IKEA for my kitchen cabinets ....more

Wilton Conversation Hearts Silicone Mold

Conversation hearts are a Valentine’s Day tradition and a sweet way to send someone you love a little message. I’ve always had a soft spot for these little candy hearts and use them for everything from Valentine’s Day garnishes to an ingredient in a very unusual Valentine’s Day rum. If you’re also a fan of this classic holiday candy, the...more

Coconut Marshmallows

Biting into a homemade marshmallow is like biting into a little cloud – only a lot more delicious. I love making homemade marshmallows and while vanilla is a staple that I keep coming back to (and I’ve been making this recipe for more than a decade), I also enjoy making flavored marshmallows. Flavored marshmallows give you a chance to add a new layer of flavor to a hot chocolate or a match of s’mores – and they are always a good choice of snack if you have a sweet tooth ....more

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Semi-Naked Cake Frosting Techinque

As someone who enjoys low-maintenance cake decorating, naked cakes are one of my favorite styles of cake to make. Naked cakes are layer cakes that have frosting between the layers, but not on the sides of the cake. They give you a nice cake-to-frosting ratio and are very on-trend right now ....more

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