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Kid-friendly holiday treats

Stephanie Bromander, cake decorator at Byerly’s St. Louis Park
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The holidays are here! Snow is on the ground, lights are on the houses and most importantly, your kids are finally on winter break. Time for some quality family time. They can’t play outside all day though – brrr! I have a few recipes (more of assembly activities actually) that are a blast to make with the little ones on a winter’s day. Enjoy!

Chocolate: Sweet Facts

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

That box of chocolates on the holiday dessert table can actually provide some health benefits—that’s certainly a sweet bonus. Since chocolate comes from cacao beans (or cocoa beans), which are the seed of the fruit of the cacao (Ka-Kow) tree, it’s full of natural plant nutrients and packed with antioxidants, just as green tea and blueberries are.

Giving Cheese a Sweet Side

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Cheddar cheese with apple pie is an American classic, but why? Laura Werlin, author of several books, including The All American Cheese and Wine Book and Cheese Essentials, noted that the habit of pairing savory cheese with sweet accompaniments like jams, honeys, or chutneys gives you the classic savory and sweet contrast that people love in dishes such as ham with pineapple or duck with orange sauce.

Want to try this for yourself? You don’t want to just plop a dab of the same jelly you use on toast atop cheese; there are a few guidelines you’ll want to keep in mind.

Milk Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps

Monday, December 2, 2013

Looking for a twist on ginger cookies? Milk chocolate chips add another dimension to these chewy spice cookies. They’re rolled in sugar, which makes the outside crisper but can also make the bottoms darken too quickly, so watch them carefully as the end of the baking time nears.

Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake, Your Way

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cheesecake is always a favorite and an easy-to-make version is even better! This one-bowl, crustless cheesecake sets beautifully after a day in the fridge and actually improves with age.

The topping can be done your way – recipe developer Rozanne Gold likes a topping of pecans, white chocolate chips, and candied ginger, but you can use chopped-up Heath bars, granola, crushed chocolate wafers, gingersnaps, tiny marshmallows, shredded coconut, dried cherries, or glacéed fruit.

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