Seasonal Treat: Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

[Editor's Note: These seasonal individual pies would be perfect for an upscale or more adult Halloween event, but would be equally lovely at a Thanksgiving celebration. They're elegant, tasty, and can be packed with ripe, local fruit. What's not to love? --Genie] ...more
These remind me of my Mother & Sister In Lawmore

Vegan Beet Tarte Tatin

[Editor's Note: Though at first glance, I thought the photo with this recipe included feta cheese, a beet pairing I'm quite accustomed to using often. But it's actually a tofu topping, one that adds protein to this graceful vegan entree. With beets in season right now, this is a great dish to add to the repertoire. It's even fancy enough for an upcoming holiday meal. --Genie] ...more
Beets, yuck. :-)more

Get In The Halloween Mood With A Candy Corn Cake

[Editor's Note: As far as I can tell, the world is divided into two camps: Candy corn lovers and candy corn haters. I'm in the former camp, so this cake totally caught my eye. What I think makes it so inventive is that it actually doesn't involve the use of any candy's all in how the cake looks! Perhaps this is the dish that will provide a bridge between those who adore the confection and those who don't? Hmm... --Genie] ...more

Carrot & Ancho Snack Cake

[Editor's Note: This snack cake has a little bit of smoky heat from ancho chili, and sweetness from the carrots. It looks like the perfect fall-flavored afterschool recipe, or like the ideal snack for a chilly afternoon, perhaps served with a cup of tea or coffee. --Genie] ...more

Gluten-Free Scottish Oat Crackers

[Editor's Note: When I think of gluten-free cracker options, I default to rice crackers, which I almost always just buy at the store to save time. But this oatcake recipe is a great substitute, and is simple to make at home. It's a great and affordable option if you need a cracker that's perfect for dipping, but doesn't have any gluten at all! --Genie] ...more

Make Your Own Fortune Cookies

[Editor's Note: There are certain foods that I rarely give any thought to their origin. Fortune cookies are one of those foods—they generally just arrive at the end of my Chinese meal with the bill, and I eat them and giggle at the fortune, and that's the end of it. I don't think about whether or not they could be made at home. But they could, indeed, and this tutorial explains how! --Genie] ...more

Gluten-Free Orange-Cranberry Scones

[Editor's Note: These scones are a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for whenever you might have a brunch that you'd prefer to keep gluten-free, whether that's because of folks on your guest list or just for your own health. Orange and cranberry is such a traditional flavor combination, and that's because it's delicious—each fruit's tang and sweetness sets off the other's so beautifully. --Genie] ...more

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies With a Caramel Twist

[Editor's Note: I love the addition of dulce de leche to these oatmeal-butterscotch cookies: It elevates them beyond the traditional recipe and gives them a further depth of flavor that the chips alone would not impart. They're the perfect sweet treat for after school, or after a soccer game on the weekend, or to take to a bake sale. --Genie] ...more
I love that these are such a unique spin on oatmeal cookies!more

"Twix"-Style Cookie Bars

[Editor's Note: Looking for a little home candymaking challenge? This recipe will have you baking shortbread cookies, mixing up a batch of caramel, and melting chocolate to robe each bar in dark deliciousness...all in search of the perfect, homemade "Twix"-style bar. --Genie] ...more

Cupcakes Made In Coffee Filters

[Editor's Note: I love it when food bloggers find new ways to use items that can be found in almost any kitchen. This particular idea, baking cupcakes (quite oversized ones, to be sure) in coffee filter liners, caught my attention for its inventiveness. It's a lot of fun in an unexpected package. --Genie] ...more
@postmormongirl I think you need to make sure there are friends or family members around when ...more