2012 san diego food blogger bake sale

It’s that time again!

In 2011, San Diego Food Bloggers banded together to participate in the Great American Bake Sale to raise money for Share Our Strength, a 501(c)(3) charity with the goal of creating an accessible way for people to get involved in ending childhood hunger.  Last year’s San Diego Food Bloggers Bake Sale had 32 local bakers participating and raised $1750 for Share Our Strength.  This year’s goal is $2500, so plan to come out this weekend, buy some fabulous locally produced baked goods, and join in the fight against childhood hunger along the way!

Our sale will be on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10am – 2pm and will be hosted again this year at Great News! Discount Cookware and Cooking School in Pacific Beach.  You can find more details on the SDFB Bake Sale site, as well as a menu of goodies from bloggers that were actually on the ball enough to decide ahead of time.  And yes, although I have only posted four times in the last 8 months, San Diego Food Bloggers have been kind enough to let me tag along and participate anyway, so there will be no shortage of boozy cakes and chocolate peanut butter goodness on the bake sale tables!

Related Posts:

- 2011 San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale

- Brown Sugar Bourbon Glaze

vanilla bean thumbprints

As the holiday season winds into New Year’s Eve, I know more of you are thinking of starting diets than starting a batch of cookies, but I have a few new recipes from the holidays that are too good not to share!  This first one was inspired by two lovely food gifts from the year – a large jar of demerara sugar packed with vanilla beans, making a wonderfully fragrant raw vanilla sugar, and several jars of homemade jams from my auntie.    I knew I wanted to use the jam to make Jam Thumbprint cookies, a childhood favorite, but I needed just the right cookie recipe.  After a few false starts, I came up with this dough that has the perfect crisp outside-soft inside texture and adds a fragrant vanilla creaminess as a counterpoint to the sweet-tart jam.   Fast, easy, and really delicious, this one is a cookie all-star!

A Fine Kettle of Ish's Vanilla Bean Thumbprint

See those little flecks of vanilla cookie goodness?

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devilishly good

Folks, autumn is upon us and Halloween will be here in less than two weeks.  Why not take a leisurly stroll over to The Year of Halloween and check out my guest post, 5 Spooky Treats for Halloween?  From Living Lucurto’s sweet brains in a jar to Martha Stewart’s shattered glass cupcakes, these are some of the spookiest, ooiest, devilishly decadent Halloween treats around.

Image & Recipe via Living Locurto


talk like a pirate day

Ahoy, me hearties!  Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  
In honor of the 16th annual ITLAPD, here’s a rum punch recipe that will have you drinking like a pirate, even if you can’t talk like one (and trust me, one often leads t’ another).
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