Review for Cookbooks, Appliances and Ingredients

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Pumpkin Brownie Pound Cake

Happy First-Day-of-Fall! And if your household is anything like ours, things are starting to get busy. Work picks up, there are school meetings, teacher appreciations, sports events, and holiday festivities on the horizon. With fall celebrations in the works, it’s nice to know Pillsbury®’s got us covered! To celebrate the change of seasons, Pillsbury has […]


Published on September 22, 2013
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Sonoma Crush Vanilla

I’ve added a new vanilla to the collection. Lisa recommended this in the comment section a while back, and I just happened to stumble upon it in the gourmet section of a local liquor store. Sonoma Syrup’s Vanilla Bean Extract Crush is a blend of Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla with crushed vanilla seeds thrown in. […]


Published on September 18, 2013
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Folgers Lounge BlogHer 2013 Recap

by on July 30, 2013 · 8 comments

Folgers Lounge

I just returned from Chicago and am looking forward to getting back in the kitchen; but first I wanted to share a few photos from the Folgers sponsored trip. I am so happy they invited me to be one of their “Bold Bloggers” at BlogHer 2013. For those of you not familiar with it, the […]


Published on July 30, 2013
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Some people pair cookies with milk, but for the past 30 years I’ve been pairing them with black coffee.  I love it so much that I sometimes wonder if cookies would be worth eating without a hot cup of coffee on the side.  Okay, not really….but maybe sort of?  Coffee is pretty much my favorite […]

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Published on July 12, 2013
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Camisoni Extracts

I’ve added a new vanilla to the collection! This one is from the Camisoni family, who have been making pure extracts for over a hundred years. I wish I’d discovered them sooner because not only are their products wonderful, they make great gifts – especially for anyone with an affinity for Italian ingredients. Before I […]


Published on June 7, 2013
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blondie with root beer flavored Magic Shell on top

We had a quiet Memorial Day, but in hindsight, I wish I’d had a party and served this! I found out about the new Root Beer Magic Shell last week when a free sample from Smucker’s appeared on our doorstep.  Maybe they knew Todd was a root beer float fanatic?  I don’t know, but it […]


Published on May 29, 2013
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Whole Grain Vegan Baking Cherry Pecan Cookies

I’ve eaten my share of delicious vegan cookies, but last week I baked a batch that just might have been the best ever! The cookies, which are dramatically large and perfect for bake sales, are from a book called Whole Grain Vegan Baking by Celine Steen and Tamasin Noyes.  It’s a recipe treasure trove for […]


Published on May 13, 2013
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Cranberry Orange Muffin

Today’s recipe is made with White Lily, a soft wheat  flour popular in the South.  For the past few weeks I’ve been using all-purpose, but this week I switched to self-rising White Lily and am loving the results. In America, it seems that most bakers use all-purpose flour mixed with a combination of baking powder […]


Published on March 11, 2013