All-in-One Cake...mix both the frosting and the cake batter for this beautiful bundt all in one bowl!As someone who is known for being a bit of a tornado in the kitchen (ask my husband how many dishes are teetering in the sink after I’ve been cooking!), I was drawn to a C&H Sugar recipe for an All-in-One Cake that I saw in a magazine ad. “One recipe makes cake and frosting”, it promised. That was all the encouragement I needed!

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Guinness Bread

by Kathy Strahs on March 13, 2014 · 3 comments

Guinness Bread...warm homemade brown bread and soft butter is one of life's simple pleasures!With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, my eyes turned toward the random bottle of Guinness that’s been sitting in my fridge for…well, I’m not even sure how long it’s been there at this point. Long enough that I began contemplating ways I could cook with it, rather than drink it!

I found a terrific recipe for Guinness Bread on the Guinness website. It made a huge, sandwich-quality loaf of dark, lightly sweet bread that was far less cakey than other beer breads I’ve made. Warm brown bread with a good smear of soft Irish butter…definitely one of life’s simple pleasures.

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Spam Musubi ...a Hawaiian favorite!
You can tell I really miss our vacation in Hawaii by the fact that I have SPAM in my house! And now on my blog!

Spam Musubi is a hugely popular treat in Hawaii and one of the few things my family and I didn’t eat while we were on Oahu earlier this month. Right after we got back, though, I came across this cute magazine ad for Spam which showed illustrations for how to make musubi:

The Spam ad that prompted me to make musubi

That was all the nudge I needed — I ordered my little $6 musubi mold (very authentic — the entire packaging is written in Japanese, I have no idea what it says!) — and we’ve been continuing our enjoyment of the islands back at home.

Read on to see how to make Spam Musubi, plus some fun memories from our trip!
Another gorgeous day at Aulani
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Vanilla Beignet Bites

March 3, 2014
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“Warm little pillows of love” is the best way I know to describe these Vanilla Beignet Bites with Vanilla-Lemon Raspberry Jam. Lots and lots of love to share…look at the state of my kitchen counter by the time I was through: I’d never made beignets before — or any fried doughnuts, now that I think […]

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Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops

February 11, 2014
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I love making treats for people — it truly makes me happy, not only to see the delight on their faces but also to let them know that they are special to me. I had the chance to take a fun chocolate class last week where I learned how to make Valentine’s Day Chocolate Lollipops […]

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Homemade Energy Bars

January 6, 2014
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Happy New Year! If you follow me on Instagram, you may recall I went a little Homemade Energy Bar crazy this past fall as I dove into my friend Camilla Saulsbury’s new book, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook (she also writes the Power Hungry blog). The bars in this cookbook are not only […]

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IDEA: Christmas Cookie Place Cards

December 23, 2013
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Looking for fun, festive (and edible!) place cards to set your holiday table? Allow me to suggest Christmas Cookie Place Cards! I found this terrific idea — and so many more — in my friend Julie Hession’s new cookbook, 100 Best Decorated Cookies. All you need is a cookie shape that offers space to include […]

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Pear-Walnut Salad

December 16, 2013
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I must have changed my mind at least four times before deciding to bring this Pear-Walnut Salad to last night’s holiday potluck. What put me over the edge was the sight of perfectly ripe pears sitting on my kitchen counter. My in-laws sent us a box of Harry and David pears — if you’ve ever […]

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Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies

December 11, 2013
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I’ve come to look forward to the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap at this time every year. I get to decide on a great cookie recipe (this year, I went with Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies!), make a huge batch of them, and mail them around the country to three other food bloggers (usually people I […]

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10 Holiday Cookies, Candy and Treats

December 4, 2013
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Even though I share treats with friends throughout the year (as happens when you cook and bake as often as I do!), there’s nothing like cooking and sharing during the holidays. I’ve rounded up my 10 Favorite Cookies, Candies and Treats from Cooking On the Side – ten delicious ways to make someone’s holidays a […]

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