Limoncello Mascarpone Verrines

Most of us have heard of a parfait, but take that same idea and artfully layer ingredients in a small glass with either savory or sweet and you have a French creation called a Verrine (pronounced vair-EEN) from the French word for glass (verre). Tres chic, this one is served in a tall shot-glass!

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Cupcakes Aren’t Just for Parties!

Tiedye Cupcake
I was saying to my husband that January doesn’t have any holidays or big reasons to celebrate and have a party. I know in most parts of the country it is cold and sometimes dreary. I am so lucky because today the sun is shining in Southern California so I thought I’d bring a little sunshine to the rest of you.  
Winter is the best time for citrus and it is one of my favorite flavors. Our Meyer Lemons, Oranges and Mexican Limes are all hanging heavy on the trees so it is harvest time. Citrus is so bright and cheery and can be the ingredient that brings the dish to life! This is a chiffon cake and is light and airy. The perfect pair, a light flavorful cake and citrus. Heaven in every bite.
So have some sunshine in a cupcake and you will have a party in January!

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Skeleton’s in the Cupcake Closet

Dancing Skeleton Cupcakes

Bring a “ghoul” platter of cupcakes to your office or neighborhood party and get those skeletons out of the closet! It’s easy to do when you remember that “the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone and the knee bone’s connected to the foot bone”, as the song goes. You’ll have your skeletons dancing across your cupcakes in no time.     Continue reading

The Oscar takes the Cake!

Oscar Cupcake
Sunday night will be the 83rd annual Academy Awards presentation. Oscar Night has long been an occasion for friends and families to gather and cheer for their favorite films and stars. So roll out the red carpet and enjoy the entertainment with these festive cupcakes and have an Academy Award winning party right at home.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 10

Pinwheel Cookies
These little cuties have a minty flavor and an eye catching design. You can use cinnamon oil instead of peppermint or add cocoa powder to the plain dough to give this a twist all your own. Make sure to grab one fast for yourself because they don’t last on the platter for long!

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 9

Raspberry Cookies 
Tasty little buttery thumbprint cookies filled with raspberry preserves and drizzled with an almond glaze just about melt in your mouth. They’re special to serve, yet easy on your baking budget.  You can fill them with any of your favorite jams like apricot, blueberry and strawberry that will look like jewels on a plate. Recipe courtesy of Land O Lakes Butter.

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