Clocking in at five dollars a pop or more, vanilla beans are undoubtedly expensive. But they add a complexity of flavor, a mix of sweet, floral, earthy, and spicy, that blows vanilla extract away. So if you are going to drop the cash for the good stuff, how should you use it? Here are 9 of our favorite ways.
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Every cookout should end on a sweet note, but especially the one that heralds the start of warm weather. Need some inspiration? From ice cream sandwiches to no-bake bar cookies, we have you covered.
Last year we gave you 10 beautiful cakes to make for your spring celebrations (graduations, weddings, showers, and the like). But sometimes you need something that's easy to eat one-handed, or you're cooking for youngins' or prospective youngins'. Or maybe you're just interested in using your CSA box to make tender Yellow Squash Cupcakes topped with fluffy chocolate butter cream or you like the idea of swapping biscuits for cake to make individually portioned Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. Whatever the reason, these 12 cupcake recipes won't steer you wrong.
Sunday is Mother's Day. Show your love with pancakes. Or crepes covered in caramel sauce. Or maybe some French toast stuffed with Nutella and bananas then fried. We've got 13 sweet ways to say I love you Mom.
It's that time of year again, folks: Cinco de Mayo is here. Many of us associate this day with tequila and cheap Mexican beer—and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that—but there comes a point when you've got to put down the bottle and sober up with some spicy eats and then, as a finale, some Latin-inflected desserts. From sugar covered wedding cookies to a beautiful coconut tres leche cake, here are 10 options for your holiday table.
Spring is finally here, as evidenced by the first rhubarb arriving in the market. See 6 of our favorite recipes for using this sweet-tart fruit!
Depending on where you live, you're either at the cusp of strawberry season or enjoying the first few ripe red berries. Either way, it's time to start planning what you'll make once you've got bushels of strawberries at your disposal.
Mint extract is fine and dandy, but there is nothing like cooking and baking with fresh mint leaves—especially in spring. The leaves are chockfull of aromatic oils that pair perfectly with lemon and decadently with chocolate. Also try it with fruit: strawberries now, and melon, blueberries, and raspberries later in the season.
It's turning out to be one of those weeks (isn't it always?). After work, you could reach for something sweet and curl up with a glass of something strong, but we think you've earned something more indulgent. Treat yourself to one of these 16 boozy desserts.
This year we're celebrating Mardi Gras in true New Orleans style—in other words, with lots of fun (and good eats) leading up to the big day. Want to follow along? Choose your poison with these 9 treats inspired by classics of the Big Easy.
Azúcar in Ocean Beach is stocked with too many colorful temptations to count, from mini cakes to mojito cookies. So, what do you choose? We asked owner Vivian Hernandez-Jackson for her top five picks.
Pastry chef James Miller is the steady hand in the hot kitchen at Cafe Besalu, churning out trays of delicacies. Which of his treats should you order? The plain croissant is a given, and here are a few additional recommendations to round out your breakfast tray.
It's not just for tourists—Ala Moana is a main meeting point and shopping spot for many locals, myself included. To sweeten the deal, the food options at this shopping center will put any others to shame.
We're big fans of any holiday that lets us turn our sweets into bugs, bones, zombies, or other scary sweet treats. So if you want to serve something that's not just a seasonal pumpkin dessert, check out this slideshow. All 17 recipes are already dressed for Halloween.
Pears are fantastic fruits: super juicy, indulgent, and with a fragrant floral flavor that makes them perfect for elegant desserts. We've collected our favorite sweet pear recipes, all of them ideal for the season. So the next time you think about making dessert this fall, you won't have to go straight for the apples.
Pumpkin season is upon us. Here are 20 recipes for using our favorite seasonal squash in dessert.
Hopefully you've been able to raise a pint to Oktoberfest, which started in Germany on September 22 and ends this Sunday. Either way, this weekend will undoubtedly call for more brews and brats, as well as a sweet treat to end the party. Here are 10 recipes to get you in the German spirit.
There's something about these fall flavors that lend themselves especially well to cool-weather breakfasts. Autumn mornings can be gray and a bit nippy: naturally, with weather like that, we crave the warming, comforting flavors of sweet, soft fruit and the delicate spicing of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. So in the name of the coming season, we gathered together 9 of our most dependable, easy to whip up fall breakfast sweets.
From a muffin and a mocha to fancy French toast, here are eight options for a sweet breakfast in San Diego.
Here are 9 great ice cream recipes that are smooth and creamy without a lick of yolk.