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Sugar Cookie Bars

Sugar Cookie Bars from Grandbaby Cakes

During the holiday season, cookie baking is at its prime.  I love whipping up several batches of cookie dough so I can bake dozens of cookies for family and friends.  The classics like gingerbread and sugar cookies can always be counted on to be holiday favorites. Sometimes, however, I like to mix it up and change the texture and end result altogether. That’s where these Sugar Cookie Bars come in.  They are the perfect cross between a sugar cookie and a dessert bar. They taste just like sugar cookies but are thicker and pack in more flavor. I love using… Read more

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Cook with Confidence: Chicken Roulade

Celebrating the end of the year with friends or family is certainly a special occasion. Planning a menu for guests with different dietary needs, however, can be a challenge. You may have friends who are gluten-free or following a paleo diet. With this classic (and impressive) main course, you can take on dinner planning with confidence. Roulade is an excellent dinner party entree and making it is easier than you might think. Just butterfly the chicken breast and pound to about ¾ inch thick. Season with salt and pepper, then top with prosciutto, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes. Tuck the ends… Read more

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Bring on the Brussels

You pushed them around on the plate as a child, hoping your mom would think you ate some. Now, Brussels sprouts have made a roaring comeback. People are actually craving them! The mighty sprout fills up Pinterest pages as aficionados share their favorite recipes for nutrient-packed side dishes. Chefs, home cooks, and bloggers alike have taken this humble little cousin of green cabbage and brought it to wonderful new heights. Gone are the days of steamed sprouts smelling up the kitchen. Meet Brussels sprouts 2.0. Boiling and steaming is out, sautéing and roasting is in. Spending time in a hot… Read more

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Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Steak from Grandbaby Cakes

With the holiday season officially in full swing, my family is spending quite a bit of time deciding on big holiday menu recipes! From the turkeys and prime ribs to the richest side dishes, each recipe must be utterly delicious and insanely memorable to make it on our table. That’s where this Mushroom and Spinach Stuffed Steak comes in. A beef dish, such as this, is truly a showstopper during the holiday season. In this recipe, you can use any steak of medium thickness such as the flank steak I used here. Just make sure it is butterflied so it… Read more

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The Must-Make Cheesecake

December is a whirlwind of special events, parties, and family gatherings. Make a memorable finale at the end of the evening with a special dessert. Your guests will be wowed by this gorgeous (and decadent) toffee-topped cheesecake. Our version is a traditional New York style cheesecake blanketed with a layer of tangy sour cream and crowned with decadent toffee and toasty almonds. A few tips to ensure cheesecake success from our culinary team:   Use blocks of cream cheese, not the kind in a tub Make sure the filling ingredients are at room temperature Don’t overbeat the filling, it can… Read more

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Add Some Sparkle to Your Party

Entertaining experts agree – while you can wait a bit to serve the food, you should have drinks ready when guests arrive to get them mingling. Our favorite way to serve beverages at a party is to offer a signature cocktail (instead of a fully stocked bar), plus wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. It’s fun, gets people talking, and simplifies your holiday fête planning. You’ll have guests quickly served and be able to spend more time enjoying the party. Since it is the holiday season, a sophisticated drink with a little sparkle and gorgeous color is in order. We recommend saving… Read more

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Cook with Confidence: Gougères

Light and almost ethereal, taking a bite of a still-warm gougère is a magical experience. I served them recently at my book club dinner as an appetizer, and people went absolutely crazy for them. “You made these?” I felt like a celebrity chef for a few minutes as they all clustered around the tray. Someone requested I make them for her company’s upcoming cocktail party. I declined, saying, “You can make them yourself, they don’t take long at all.” A dubious stare ensued. Armed with a wooden spoon, you can make these impressive, savory French cheese puffs. The recipe starts… Read more

Chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Cream Frosting

Dark and rich, this cake is as chocolaty as a classic devils’ food layer cake but comes together like a simple quick bread. It is a versatile recipe that can be baked and frosted in a 9 by 13 inch pan for game-day parties or casual celebrations. Or, it can be made into a two-layer showstopper like the one above. The whipped cream base yields a soft, light frosting and the hint of espresso complements the chocolate cake.   The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven with convection bakes, broils, roasts, proofs, toasts, and warms – all in a fast, energy efficient… Read more

Bread Pudding

French Toast Bread Pudding

The arrival of a New Year calls for something decadent. Welcome 2016 with this French toast bread pudding for brunch. It’s crowned with a crunchy almond streusel and served with a buttered maple syrup. Use convection mode to ensure the bread pudding is evenly cooked inside with a crisp golden-brown topping. You can prepare the recipe ahead of time, so all you have to do in the morning is bake it.   The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven with convection bakes, broils, roasts, proofs, toasts, and warms – all in a fast, energy efficient way.

WG Standing Rib Roast

Standing Rib Roast

A classic holiday meal centerpiece, standing rib roast needs no introduction. Also known as prime rib, it is a tender, flavorful roast cut from the center of the rib section. Traditionally seasoned with rosemary, thyme, Kosher salt and pepper, you can have it ready for the oven in mere minutes. Have your butcher separate the roast from the bones then tie the roast back together. Roasting with the bones adds more flavor, and carving is much easier. The countertop oven will fit a 7 pound roast, leaving your main oven free for other holiday sides. Using the integrated probe ensures the ideal… Read more