A New Mom's Upside-Down Cake for Her Upside-Down World

Editor’s note: Melissa from Dash of East had her first baby a few months ago, and her life’s been topsy-turvy ever since. Just like many of us food lovers, she cooks her way through her feelings about being a stay-at-home mom, making this Blood Orange Upside-Down Polenta Cake in her cast-iron skillet. --Jane ...more

Write Your Own Love Notes: DIY Conversation Hearts

Editor’s note: I’ve always loved the conversation hearts that arrive in stores every February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But the store-bought candies are also full of artificial flavors and colors. So why not make them yourself? Nicole from Brown Sugar did just that, whipping up a homemade batch of conversation hearts. The best part? You can customize your hearts with your own messages. --Jane ...more
What a cool and thoughtful idea. Thanks for sharing.more

Easy, Elegant Valentine's Day Cake for Two

Editor’s note: Shawn from I Wash…You Dry came up with this jaw-droppingly gorgeous Valentine’s Day cake for two, which is ridiculously easy to make. All you need is a box of cake mix and some red food coloring, and you can create beautiful layers that slowly turn from white to deep pink. Frost it with whipped cream for an elegant Valentine’s Day dessert.--Jane ...more
love that! and so pretty!!more

When Life Give You Lemons, Make Lemon Yogurt Loaf

Editor’s note: My backyard lemon tree is so loaded with ripe lemons at this time of year that it’s all I can do to keep up with them. This Lemon Yogurt Loaf made by Katie of So Tasty, So Yummy looks so, well, yummy, that I bet I’ll be making it all season long. --Jane ...more
Wow! This sounds so good. Just checked the ingredients and it looks pretty simple to bake, I am ...more

Red Velvet Hearts Light Sparks on Valentine's Day

Editor’s note: Okay, this recipe had me at “silver disco dust,” which is sprinkled over the top of these supercute Red Velvet Hearts. Though she calls them by the fancy French name "petit fours," this Valentine’s Day idea from Kristan at Confessions of a Cookbook Queen couldn’t be easier. Just break out the heart-shaped cookie cutters and frost these babies. The edible silver disco dust is not optional. --Jane ...more

Kitchen Blowtorch Plus Chocolate: S’mores Crème Brûlée

Editor’s note: Three words: S’mores Crème Brûlée. Do you really need to know anything else about this fabulous recipe? Oh yeah, you also get to break out the kitchen blowtorch not once, but twice. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a blowtorch; a broiler can do the job too.) Anita from Dessert First suggests that her glammed-up dessert would be perfect for your next big-deal occasion. The Super Bowl or Valentine’s Day anyone? -- Jane ...more

The Secret Ingredient in DIY Three Musketeers? Hot Chocolate Mix

Editor’s note: Heather from Heather’s French Press has gradually been making homemade versions of all the chocolate bars in the candy aisle. Most recently, she celebrated her oldest son’s 13th birthday with her version of Three Musketeers, made with hot chocolate mix. --Jane ...more

For the Best Artisan Bread Ever, Just Add Cheese and Bacon

Editor’s note: I may be the last person on the planet who hasn’t made no-knead bread yet. But this bacon cheese-bread looks so amazingly delicious that I think my time has finally come. Cathy at Noble Pig puts her own spin on a recipe from the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, adding bacon and extra-sharp cheddar cheese--two things I always have in my fridge. -- Jane ...more
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Love Eggnog? Try Pumpkin Eggnog Bread!

[Editor's Note: This recipe is perfect for breakfast on Christmas morning: It's rich and decadent and infused with all the flavors of the season. Bake up a batch while opening presents, and everyone will be delighted! -Genie] ...more

Granola Bars With Holiday Flavor

[Editor's Note: Granola bars are a great snack for the whole family, but what I like about this recipe is that these are loaded with seasonal flavor. They're perfect for a casual afternoon, or as an addition to a holiday dessert tray. --Genie] ...more