National S’mores Day – August 10

I love s’mores! My highlight of camping out or going to camp has always been the promise of s’mores. I don’t even like marshmallows but I guess loving two out of three ingredients makes up for it. According to Wikipedia, a s’more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker. S’more is short for some more. It’s like potato chips, who can just eat one? While the origin of the dessert is unclear, the first
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Rich is Relative

So is difficulty, for that matter. Crepes are something usually reserved for special occasions, Sunday brunch, or times you want to impress. To the uninitiated, they seem terribly complex when, if anything, they’re a little tedious but not at all difficult. Want to make it even easier on yourself? Buy the crepes pre-made and just whip up this scrumptious Banana Crepe filling. Banana Crepes 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter 2 Bananas, sliced 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp Brandy 6-8 Crepes (about 6-8 inches in diameter) Optional: Creme Anglaise 1. Over medium heat, melt the butter in a small saucepan until
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Cake Pops. What a concept.

I love being a food writer for many reasons; one of them being that people send me things for my “inspection.”  After checking things out, I pass the items on either donating them to charity or giving them to someone I know will make good use of them.  Such is the case with the second bake book I received from Ulysses Press a few weeks ago (see my previous review of “Mini Pies”.)  I plan on gifting them both to my boss at my day job as she loves to bake. The second book is called, “Crazy for Cake Pops.”
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Food Book Review: Big Book of Cupcakes

Some trendsetters say that pie is the new cupcake but I’m not so convinced. Southern Living has published the most mouth-watering book on cupcakes to date.   Now I don’t bake but if I did it would be a mind blowing cupcake that pops off these astoundingly photogenic  pages. The book, written by Jan Moon owner of Birmingham’s Dreamcakes Bakery, shares step-by-step directions, insider secrets, helpful hints, decorating tips, and techniques to whisk any kitchen into a brilliant cupcakery whether you’re a tepid beginner or a baking master. Some of my favorites as I perused the pages were the Pup Cakes
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Easter Carrot Cupcakes

I found this great recipe online because I am in charge of making the dessert for my grandma’s house on Easter. This recipe seems simple enough but has a great presentation and is very fun for easter. I’m going to be making it this weekend so you should try it too and let me know how it turns out!             Carrot Cupcakes Recipe: 1 cup (110 grams) pecans or walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons
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Nothing Says I Love You Like…

They say (whoever they are) that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Despite the anatomical argument against it, it very well could be true. Cupid knows the first, second and future dates I’ve procured due to the promise of my culinary skills. With today being Valentine’s Day, the most loving of holidays (at least according to Hallmark), what foods of love are you serving up to your nearest and dearest? Will it be the tried and true(?) aphrodisiacs of oysters and chocolates? Will you be dining out? (If so, I hope you have a reservation someplace
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Holiday Traditions

Image via Wikipedia The holidays are a wonderful time to get together with family and friends and have a nice relaxing break from everything. Everyone has special traditions during the holidays based on religious, family and other factors. I am going to share with you some of my favorite family traditions and I hope you will comment to share some of your own favorites with your families. 1. Make christmas desserts with my mom This has been a tradition in my family going on since I was little. My mom and I always get together and make desserts for our
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Chocolate Bark

Image by newwavegurly via Flickr Two nights ago, my boyfriend Erik and I made chocolate bark. This has been a family tradition with my mom for years. I use to remember making it every year before Christmas to give to my teachers, neighbors, etc.. Now, I was excited to make it on my own for the holiday season. I love this dessert because it is not only easy to make, but it is very tasty and enjoyable. To make this, all you need is chocolate chips for melting, pretzels and peanuts. You first melt the chocolate in the microwave for
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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Baking

Image by delayedneutron via Flickr I love love love the Christmas season because I get to spend time with my family and friends, enjoy the break from school,  and get to bake a lot! I am not a huge sweets person but I love the opportunity to bake and make delicious treats for other people. Last Wednesday, my friend Laura and I got together to bake Christmas cookies. We do this every year but I was not expecting such an extravagant selection of cookies. By the time I got to her house, she had everything planned out and bought for
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Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe

Image via Wikipedia We are going to my brother’s for Thanksgiving.  He and his wife, Ellyn, live in Avon Lake, Ohio — a four hour drive from Dayton,  and I’ve been asked to bring dessert.  I was going to make a homemade pie, but fate would have it that I was introduced to this Pumpkin Pie Cake dessert last week at my garden club meeting (thanks Carolyn Ach, you always bring something new!). This is an easy, no-fuss recipe that you make in a 9 x 13 baking pan.  The nutty topping becomes the “crust” when you invert it, so
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