***Feel like you’re seeing double? Yes, this is a repost of a previous recipe. I’m reposting it for the holidays, as it’s become quite popular, and I’m adding in a couple of hints that might help you along come baking time….
It seems that a lot of people are having a rough time with the cookies spreading. My guess is that they haven’t used the correct amount of coconut. Make sure that you grab a 14 oz. bag of coconut. There are 10 oz. and 14 oz. bags available at my grocery store. Go big! Read more...(736 words, 10 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
Plainly and simply, Dorie Greenspan is my baking guru.
Her Baking: From My Home to Yours book is my baking bible. The pages are dog-eared, floured, crinkly, and splattered with recipe shrapnel, which is always a sign of good things. Her beautiful, delicious desserts are now our birthday traditions and family favorites around here, and I’ve even featured quite a few recipes of hers right here on this blog. So, when my friends at OXO got in touch with me and asked if I’d like to have the opportunity to try out one of Dorie’s newest recipes, from her highly anticipated new book Dorie’s Cookies(Coming in October!), I couldn’t pass it up. Read more...(1888 words, 14 images, estimated 7:33 mins reading time)
Outdoor concerts are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening in the summer. We’re very lucky to be surrounded by many different opportunities for musical evenings where we live, and we were excited when some friends of ours asked if we’d like to join them for a night with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under the stars last week.
Just a few short days ago, the weather was brutally hot around these parts, as it was in most of the country. So, trying to figure out what to bring for our symphony picnic proved tricky. I wanted food that would keep us cool, that wouldn’t weigh us down in the heat. I also needed food that wouldn’t melt, and that was easily transportable in a small rolling cooler. Read more...(1315 words, 12 images, estimated 5:16 mins reading time)
It’s berry season! Berries are officially my favorite dessert fruit, so when early summer rolls around and bright, beautiful, fresh berries are abundant, I stock up and start cooking. I ran across this super simple Raspberry Cream Tart from Midwest Living magazine, and I knew this was the perfect time to give it a try.
The dessert looks perfectly summery and elegant, but putting it together is a breeze, and it gets a little (delicious) help from a convenient grocery store staple…
Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough.
No crust muss and fuss, just a minute or so of pressing cookie dough into a tart pan, and you’re on your way. Read more...(644 words, 10 images, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
I have notoriously bad luck with banana bread. Every time I try to bake a loaf, it’s either overbaked or raw in the middle. Despite that, I haven’t given up trying to make a decent loaf, and when I realized the bananas on our counter were brown and spotty, and wouldn’t be going anywhere, I decided I should give a new recipe a try. Read more...(998 words, 11 images, estimated 4:0 mins reading time)
Looking for a simple St. Patrick’s Day treat to surprise your littlest (and biggest) leprechauns? These ooey-gooey treats are the perfect thing. They are ridiculously simple, taking only five minutes to make, and the result is pretty darn drool worthy. In fact, my family preferred these to the “other” marshmallow-cereal treat we all know and love. (Not that I’d ever turn one of those down, but these are pretty great.)
I started by measuring out ten cups of Lucky Charms cereal into a large bowl.
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It’s that time of year again! It’s time to announce this year’s contribution to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! This is my fifth year participating in this fabulous event, hosted by Julie at The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil. My job? Bake up a fantastically new cookie recipe and ship out boxes of treats to three hungry food bloggers, Secret Santa style. These delectable little cocoa-peppermint gems are what made the cut this year. Dark, and fudgy, but with a peppermint zing that seems just about perfect this time of year, I couldn’t wait to send them out to this year’s recipients, Ginger from Stark Raving Delicious, Kellie from The Suburban Soapbox, and Annie from Annie One Can Cook. Based on the response I got, I think they really enjoyed them! Hope you do too. Read more...(1029 words, 11 images, estimated 4:07 mins reading time)
A few weeks ago, I was using my hand mixer while baking up something in the kitchen, and I mentioned to my husband that it seemed that the mixer I’d received as a wedding gift, nineteen years ago, was finally reaching the age of retirement. It just didn’t have much get-up-and-go anymore, and it sounded pretty pitiful. It was kind of sad, and bittersweet…mainly because I’m realizing that I’m old enough to send reliable appliances into retirement. Not too long after the old mixer was put out to pasture, I heard from my friends at OXO, and they asked if I’d like to try out their new OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer! Do they have perfect timing, or what? Read more...(1205 words, 12 images, estimated 4:49 mins reading time)
I know, I know. Thanksgiving is on Thursday and this isn’t a recipe for pie. I hope you’ll forgive my holiday faux pas once we get going. In all honesty, I made these amazing little gems for a Halloween party, and I’ve had so many requests for the recipe, that I thought I’d present them to you as a possible addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table. They are deliciously sweet, sticky, and gooey, just the way a caramel apple should be. And, even though they aren’t pie, you’ll find they’re perfect for any fall celebration. It’s not often that adults go nuts over cupcakes, but that was certainly the case when I made these the first time. Read more...(1011 words, 11 images, estimated 4:03 mins reading time)