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How to Make Italian Cookies – Pignoli, Florentines & Ricciarelli

Italian cookies aren’t just for Christmas. Though they are popular during the holiday season, these delizioso sweet treats are fantastic any time of the year. A great way to say welcome to the neighborhood, Italian Cookies are also the perfect way to say join me for some coffee or tea, you did a great job, or … Continue reading How to Make Italian Cookies – Pignoli, Florentines & Ricciarelli

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Delicious Make-Ahead Desserts

Why should dinners have all the plan-ahead fun? Make-ahead desserts are like money in the bank: it’s great to know you’ve got something extra waiting for you at the end of the day (or any time of day). Desserts are often prepared as a special occasion treat – sometimes when you expect guests to come … Continue reading Delicious Make-Ahead Desserts

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Differences Between Vanilla Extract & Imitation Vanilla

You often see vanilla extract as an ingredient in dessert recipes. What is vanilla extract – and is it really necessary? We asked world-renowned Chef Eddy Van Damme, the “Prince of Pastry” to give us the scoop between this ingredient and imitation vanilla. Vanilla beans grown in tropical countries can be pricey, so vanilla extract … Continue reading Differences Between Vanilla Extract & Imitation Vanilla

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How to Decorate Desserts with Flowers

Flowers abound in the South in spring and summertime, and they always seem to make everything more beautiful. So why not add them to your desserts? Don’t let this fabulous flora and fauna intimidate you – you can decorate desserts with flowers right at home. Cakes of all kinds can be decorated with edible flowers … Continue reading How to Decorate Desserts with Flowers

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How to Make a Layer Cake Like a Pro

An impressive layer cake is the signature mark of an accomplished baker. But really, anyone has the chops to make a layer cake with just a few tips. First timers and veterans alike can stand to learn a bit from Chef Eddy’s suggestions on how to give your layers some extra lift. A layer cake … Continue reading How to Make a Layer Cake Like a Pro