Pecan or nut balls have been synonymous with the holidays since we can remember. In fact, for this year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, my initial inspiration was the below newspaper clip, from my Gram's favorite recipes.
In less than three years since starting her blog Sally’s Baking Addiction, Philadelphia native Sally McKenney has taken the culinary world by storm. Filled with scrumptious cookies, decadent cakes and other sweet treats, her site was named one of the “Top 10 Food Blogs to Watch” by The Huffington Post. Last year her famous salted caramel dark chocolate cookies won Nestle’s Dark Chocolate contest. And this past spring, she released her first cookbook. Original, innovative recipes are complemented by gorgeous photography and fun, down-to-earth stories – it’s no wonder fans are also addicted to Sally’s recipes.
I was gifted a big bag of cookie cutters from my mother recently, when she cleaned out her kitchen after three decades. Snowmen. Dinosaurs. Bunnies. A Tennis Racket. Ghosts. Name an object – I’m sure we have the cookie cutter.
Here’s the problem. Dough and I don’t mix well in the kitchen. And sugar doesn’t mix well with my kids. During the holidays, I’ll make my Gram’s gingerbread boys. But during the remaining 364 days, these cutters gather dust.
But now that I’m armed with seven different hearts, holiday shapes galore, and a terrier cutout reminiscent of my childhood dog Sparky, my vision has shifted. Roll-up your sleeves with me and try these five new slants on those same old cookie cutters:
The proof is in the pizza. Chef Frank Nattle’s that is. An authentic Italian margherita sealed the deal when Nattle and business partner Tim McGowan were negotiating for the space of the now-open second location of Vecchia Pizzeria Napoletana at 134 N. Wayne Ave. in downtown Wayne.
Whether creepy, chilling or cute, here are the sweet treats you need to try this Halloween season. There are easy ideas like charming owl cupcakes with Oreo cookie eyes as well as candy corn-inspired pudding pops and cheesecakes. Black velvet whoopie pies are the perfect sophisticated dessert. And who doesn’t want to master the perfect caramel apple? Halloween has never tasted better. These recipes are sure to haunt you all year long (in a good way). Let’s get cooking!