Archive | November, 2007

Bartons Chocolate commercial

Imagine the Photoshopping I could have done with this image. This commercial drives me nuts. I’ve seen about a billion times over the past week and a half, and each time, it irks me even more. Are they selling chocolate, or are they selling a sexual fantasy involving the women in the commerical (which may […]

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Tender Potato Bread: DB Round Three, For Me

It’s that time again, folks: posting day for the Daring Bakers! This month, our host, Tanna of My Kitchen in Half Cups, challenged us to make Tender Potato Bread from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid’s Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour & Tradition Around the World . Tanna gave us a lot of leeway […]

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Cinnabons™: Not Just at the Mall Anymore!

Mmm, Cinnabon™. A few weeks ago, I got an invite from Lis — did I want to join her and several other food bloggers in a live baking project? Um, yes! Lis purchased a “Top Secret” recipe for Cinnabon’s™ cinnamon rolls to compare with the results of our recent DB cinnamon roll/sticky roll challenge. After […]

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Holiday Baking Ideas

Jam & Butter Thumbprints fresh from the oven. Below, you’ll find some of my favorite recipes for the holiday season. I hope you not only find them delicious, but that in making them, you can take time to relax and enjoy the season with those to whom you are near and dear. Christmas (and every […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Here’s to a lovely Thanksgiving and the start of another holiday season! I hope you have plenty of your favorite foods to enjoy, and even more friends and family to share them with.

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Butternut Squash Risotto

This butternut squash risotto an ideal dish for a cold, fall night. Like all good risottos, it’s rich and creamy, with brimming with flavor from the chicken stock, white wine, and onion. The squash’s flavor takes a backseat in this dish, but clearly, its sunny, bright color is at center stage. All this needs is […]

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On Mashed Potatoes

Click here for this recipe. The NYT’s Dining Section has a great article on perfecting mashed potatoes. It advises cooks to relax: perfect mashed potatoes are easy to make. Here are the article’s pearls of wisdom: Buy potatoes from either local farmers and/or buy “A” grade potatoes, the largest ones available. Peel & cut your […]

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Vosges Exotic Chocolate Bars

The very delicious Gianduja bar by Vosges. A few weeks ago, I picked up Mo’s Bacon Bar by Vosges and posted a review. A few days later, I got an email from Paige, who works for the chocolatier, asking if I’d like some samples. Um, yes please! Shortly thereafter, a lovely package arrived (repleate with […]

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November Molasses Cake with Fresh Lemon Glaze

I just had another piece of this lovely cake and here’s the thing: it’s delicious, but it’s supposed to be gingerbread, and it doesn’t taste like gingerbread to me. This is Nigella Lawson’s “Fresh Gingerbread with Lemon Icing” recipe and I have to ask, where’s the spicy hit? I even doubled the amount of ginger […]

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Brother Boniface’s Pumpkin Bread

When it comes to pumpkin desserts, they have to be well spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and/or clove for me to be over-the-moon for them. (I fell in love with masala chai at first sip because it reminded me of pumpkin pie.) So when pumpkin desserts fit this bill, there are few foods that will […]

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