Food & Recipes

10 Creative Cupcakes for Saint Patrick’s Day

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The tricky part of making St. Patrick’s Day desserts is figuring out which flavors go with the color green. If green isn’t an option, then you have to figure out how to make something look ‘Irish’ to someone who isn’t Irish. Cupcakes are a good option because they’re small and flexible; you can try a variety of flavors and decorations easily. For ideas, here are 10 creative cupcake recipes that would be great for Saint Patrick’s Day.

1. Lemon pistachio cupcakes – recipe

Lemon Pistachio Cupcakes

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10 Beautiful Pavlova Recipes

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Pavlova is an awe-inspiring dessert, not only because of its exotic name and beautiful shape, but because it’s so rare compared to cakes, pies and cookies. Even though it’s practically as easy to make as a layered cake, it gives the impression of culinary expertise–something reserved for professional bakers and/or people who have food blogs. It’s very doable, though, and with so many delicious-looking recipes, it’s worth trying.

1. Orange flower pavlova with pistachios, coconut cream, and lemon zest – recipe

 Orange Flower Pavlova with Coconut Cream, Pistachio & Meyer Lemon

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20 Delicious Red Velvet Cake Recipes

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Red velvet cake is one of the most versatile holiday desserts. Red goes with nearly every major holiday–Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, various patriotic holidays–and velvet cake has enough varieties, all delicious, that it stays interesting even if you make it repeatedly. Best of all, it’s beautiful. The hardest part may just be choosing which recipe you want to make.

1. Red velvet strawberry shortcake – recipe

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake

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16 Wonderful Recipes for Cake in a Jar

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Making jar cakes is a great way to use empty mason jars while waiting for summer. It’s also a convenient way to celebrate birthdays while traveling, pack dessert for a picnic or quickly make dozens of impressive party favors. Baking cakes in jars is easy, and the clean-up is no more than regular cake, since you don’t need cake pans, cutting knifes or individual serving plates.

1. Tres leches cake – recipe

Tres Leches Cakes in a Jar

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19 Creative Ideas for Gingerbread Houses

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Like Christmas wreaths and light decorations, gingerbread houses are a holiday art that can be either really simple and pretty, or extravagant, time-consuming and spectacular. Either way, making & decorating a gingerbread house takes patience and ingenuity, especially if you want to enter into a gingerbread competition. For inspiration, here are nineteen creative ideas to help you begin your next gingerbread abode.

1. ‘The Gnome Home’

via The Etsy Blog
Gnome Home Gingerbread House

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14 Fancy Ideas for Making French Toast

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Making French toast takes a lot of decision-making: which bread to use, which toppings, what soaking mixture, whether to bake or fry it, single or double slices… There isn’t an official ‘best way’ to make French toast, but there are plenty of beautiful and delicious ideas to keep you indecisive about which one you’ll make this weekend.

1. Grape-Stuffed French Toast – with almonds and orange marmalade
via The Food Network

Grape-stuffed French Toast

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12 Sophisticated Baby Shower Cookies

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Most baby shower decorations seem to emphasize parenthood with, for example, bottles, pacifiers and a lot of baby-carrying storks. If this isn’t your style, a sophisticated alternative is simply to focus on one color, like pink or blue, and use only subtle baby references. This approach is shown perfectly in the following baby shower cookies, beautifully decorated by bakers on Etsy.

1. Brush embroidered cookies
via Amber Spiegel

Brush Embroidered Cookies - One Dozen Orange Vanilla Spice Cookies

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Historical American Recipes for the 4th of July

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The American Independence Day is usually celebrated with a barbecue, but if you want to try something different, visit the Colonial Williamsburg website for American recipes from the 18th century. They have a whole department dedicated to researching and recreating colonial American foods, called the Department of Historic Foodways. They’re currently researching culinary topics like coffee, dairying, food preservation, beer brewing and military foods, but there’s a generous list of recipes already posted with instruction videos and background information about the dishes. Some examples:

Tomatoes and Eggs – recipe

Tomatoes and Eggs

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9 Delicious Ways to Make Biscotti

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Biscotti. Even when it crumbles into your coffee cup and you have to use a spoon to fish out the pieces, it still sounds sophisticated. Its deliciousness and sophistication make it one of the ‘higher end’ biscuits/cookies. So, if you love them as much as I do, it’s worth either mastering a recipe or buying them in bulk.

Recipes:

Helpful hint: freeze the dough before you cut the biscotti for thinner pieces and less crumbling.

1. Dark chocolate biscotti -> recipe

Dark chocolate biscotti

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