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Almond Lace Sandwich Cookies

The 4th Annual Great Food Blogger cookie Swap saw 566 participants ship over 20,000 cookies around the world, all while managing to raise a whopping $12,335 for Cookies For Kids’ Cancer. Of course we couldn’t have reached that impressive total without the help of our four generous brand partners: OXO, Dixie Crystals, Brownie Brittle, and...

11 Best Ginger Beers

I’ve become somewhat of a connoisseur of ginger beer. As I’m not huge fan of beer/wine/cocktails, but still want something a bit more exciting to drink than just water, ginger beer is my jam. It is not only delicious, but also great for digestion too, a fact that my sometimes-squirrelly stomach much appreciates. Not all...

Molasses Snickerdoodles

If a gingerbread man knocked up a snickerdoodle… this is what you’d get. Not to be bawdy or anything, but that’s pretty much the best way to describe these softly spiced cookies. Holiday is perhaps my favorite time of year, only because I have a legitimate reason to make batch after batch of holiday cookies....

November Kitchen Challenge Results: Crêpe Cake

CREPOCOLYPSE! Sorry, I had to. Zombies really have nothing to do with crepe cakes, but this cake needed some sort of topper and it was either zombies or army men. And since I’ve already used Taylor’s army men, zombies it is. I guess you could call this invasion of the crepe cakes, considering I got...

Magimix 12-cup Food Processor Giveaway

In the US, we often generically call all food processors Cuisinarts, or at least I do, since that’s what I grew up with. Well in Europe, they have an equivalent, and it’s a Magimix. You don’t get out the food processor… you whip out the magimix. Turns out Magimix by Robot-Coupe® is the true original,...

Ginger Sake Cranberry Sauce

Every year comes the same challenge: how to mix up plain old cranberry sauce. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain cranberry sauce, but I’m always looking for something new and different (in essence, blog worthy). Now, I don’t like relish. That’s just weird. I want cranberry sauce, not chunky crunchy fruit salad masquerading as...

Buttermilk Chess Pie

Chess pie is a Southern staple. If you’re from the South, you’ve probably eaten chess pies on every major holiday since you were old enough to hold a fork. If you’re not from the South, chances are you’re thinking, “What the heck is chess pie?!?” And indeed, I’d never heard of it either until moving...

Sugared Cranberries

I made these easy sugared cranberries as a topping for our Thanksgiving pie, which needed a bit of color and tart contrast to it’s sticky sweetness (recipe coming tomorrow). Not only are they gorgeous, all sparkly and festive in their sugar sweaters, but they are also surprisingly delicious in their own right: sweet and sour...

Thanksgiving Wrap-Up and Cider-Brined Turkey

It’s become a tradition to summarize our Thanksgiving every year, here in this space. I mean, what good is a food blog if not to post about your holiday meals? More as a visual record of everything we cooked and ate more than anything. It’s kind of neat, looking back and seeing a photographic record...

Kitchen Basics: How to Freeze Buttermilk

If you’re like me, you lament the fact that buttermilk is only available in quart-sized containers. I mean, really, you can buy a pint or half-pint of cream, heck, you can even buy pint of milk these days, but only full quarts of buttermilk? If you’re also like me, buttermilk isn’t exactly the most commonly...