May 2010

How to: Fill a Cupcake & Lemon-Blueberry Cakes

Cupcakes are super trendy right now and one of the fastest ways to take them from blah to fabulous is to fill them with a surprise inside!  It’s not a ton of extra work and the payoff is pretty substantial.  I’m going to show you a couple of different ways to fill up a cupcake and give you some ideas on easy flavor combinations everyone will love. The first thing you’ll need is a cupcake.  For the photos shown in …

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Easy White Cake

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m still on the hunt for “the” white cake recipe.  I’m still searching for the perfect from-scratch one, but in the mean time this one is pretty darn good.  My sister sent me the recipe, and while it’s similar to other doctored cake mix recipes you’ve seen here on Our Best Bites, it stands out because you’re actually adding more bulk and flavor like flour, sugar, salt and extracts to the mix as well.  …

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Fire Roasted Artichokes {Plus, How To: prep an Artichoke}

Recently I was out to dinner with some girlfriends and one of them ordered Fire Roasted Artichokes for an appetizer.  I had been wanting to try grilling artichokes at home, but had never gotten around to it.  When we were digging into the appetizer I realized it would be super easy to re-create the dish, especially since the dipping sauce the restaurant served with it tasted just like my Garlic-Herb Spread. A match made in heaven! This time of year …

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Not-Too-Sweet Baked Beans

So I’ve lived all over the US–I grew up in Utah, live in the South, and have lived briefly on the West and East coasts. And no matter where I go, there are baked beans and no matter where I go, everyone truly believes that baked beans originated in that particular region or in their family. I like them okay–if you’ve ever served me baked beans, I’ve probably enjoyed them. But one issue I have with them is that they …

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How to: Pick and Cut Watermelon

So Kate actually posted this quite a long time ago.  And I remember seeing the title of the post when I checked the blog that day and thinking to myself, “Really Kate?  As if people don’t know how to cut a watermelon…”  And then I read the post.  And I looked at the pictures.  And I said to myself, “Really Sara??  You’ve never known how to cut a watermelon?!”  It was one of those “ah-ha” moments and I wondered why …

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Korean BBQ Beef

The other day, I found quite possibly the most luscious watermelon I’ve ever eaten in my life. And to me, good watermelon means one thing: summer is officially here. As much as I gripe about the heat and humidity in Louisiana, I’ve gotta say that I really do love summer–I love how laid-back our days are, I love my kids riding their bikes and jumping through the sprinklers and playing with water guns, swimsuits hanging in the bathroom to dry, …

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Monkey Cake and Cupcakes

I’m pretty sure the first time I saw this monkey cake, it was in a picture sent to me by Kate’s sister-in-law.  I remember thinking it was the cutest thing ever, which is why months later when I was searching the internet for ideas for my oldest son’s first birthday this link from Martha Stewart caught my eye.   Kiddos and adults will go bananas for these cute little guys! And what did my birthday boy think?  You be the …

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Chocolate Frosting

One of the most popular recipes on Our Best Bites is this flour frosting.  Its velvety smooth texture combined with the not-so-sugary bite is perhaps the perfect thing on top of almost any cake or cupcake.  If you read through the comments you’ll see that one of the most commonly asked questions is “Where’s the chocolate version??!!”  Kate and I experimented a lot with adding chocolate to that recipe without much luck.  We came up with a lot of things …

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Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette + Grilled Fish Tacos

So last week, when I posted these fish tacos, I promised to post my grilled fish tacos, too. Which I am doing today, but really, especially since once you’ve cooked your fish, you basically assemble the tacos in the same fashion that you put together the fried tacos, I want to share another recipe with you today as well. We’ve posted a lot of Cafe Rio/Costa Vida-esque knockoff recipes that we’ve developed, like the Creamy Lime Cilantro Dressing and the …

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Spinach and Feta Pasta

Okay, so I know I promised grilled fish tacos today, but I was just hit with a nasty little stomach bug, so I’ve pulled one of my all-time favorite recipes from the dark corners of OBB obscurity and I’ll share the grilled fish tacos on Monday, I promise! I have a couple of “Oh, crap!” recipes in my arsenal. What, you may ask, is an “Oh, crap!” recipe? It’s not as bad as it sounds–it’s just one where I’ve been …

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