Minecraft Birthday Cake

This year, my son requested a Minecraft cake for his birthday. I was ready for challenge and immediately began researching design ideas. I knew it would be very intricate (it’s a pixel-based game). The next day I showed him a few concepts I was thinking of, and he informs me that he wants the cake…

Pecan Pie Bars

This recipe was an experiment of “what if?”  I was in the mood to make a nut bar, but I had trouble finding a recipe that had all of the elements I was looking for. I really wanted something that was nice and thick, with the taste of a pie, but in bar form, with…

Whoopie Pie

I’m going to be honest.  I’m not that crazy about Whoopie Pies.  I’ve had Amish Whoopie Pies, and they’re ok, but not super great (to me).  They always seems to be missing one thing.  Turns out it’s two things: salt and butter.  I found out that traditional Whoopie Pie recipes are made with shortening, both…

Cashew Bacon Brittle

A few years ago, I was at my parents house for the holiday.  I belonged to a meat club (don’t ask) at the time and was into adding meat (read bacon) to everything.  I threw a batch of cashew brittle together and added diced, thick-cut pancetta.  I have to admit, it was pretty awesome.  Later…