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Mexican Chocolate Skull Cakes for Day of the Dead

This is one of my favorite chocolate cake recipes ever.  It's a spicy Mexican chocolate cake with a thin sugar glaze in honor of the Day of the Dead.  We thought we'd mix it up a little for you this year, since we do live in Salem, Massachusetts, Halloween capital of the world. More on living in Salem (with LOADS of pics)...

Best Fudge Brownies

Any brownie recipe that starts with over a pound of butter and chocolate has my vote.  Hands down, these are the best brownies I think I've ever made.  For this recipe, I very slightly adapted Ina Garten's brownies. That woman knows how to BAKE.  This brownie is moist and fudgey, and dotted with molten, dark-as-night chocolate chips. The dark chocolate gets a boost of...

Maple Bacon Whiskey Donuts

You guys. YOU GUYS. We're in donut heaven over here.  So apparently, we totally missed the ball on National Donut Day last week.  We apologize!  But we're making up for it today.  May we present our favorite donut on the planet: The Maple Bacon Whiskey Donut.  They're ridiculously good.  The base is a slightly tangy, baked, buttermilk cake donut fragrant with ground Ceylon cinnamon and good...

How to Make Perfect French Toast

French toast is our go-to Sunday brunch food.  It's also our late-night superstar. Nothing hits the spot better when you roll in after midnight and you're ravenous... (Can I get an Amen?) We love it because, no matter when you're cooking, you can get it from fridge to pan to table in just about 20 minutes.  It's fast, easy, and so, so, so delicious.   French...

Four Italian Cheeses You Need to Try

The Angry Chef teases me that if our house were on fire, I'd grab three things: My iPhone, my Totoro, and the cheese bin from the fridge. He's wrong. I'd also grab the dogs. Silly Angry Chef. That said, he's also right. I have a life-long love of cheese that borders on ridiculous. As much as I love cheese, trying new kinds can be...

9 Easy Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

We've been getting more and more requests for gluten-free recipes lately. I haven't started to mess around with gluten-free baking mixes yet (YET!), but here are nine of our favorite dessert recipes that don't include any flour or wheat. Do you have a favorite gluten-free dessert recipe or baking tip?  (Loads of people have recommended King Arthur Flour's gluten-free baking mix, have...

Fresh Blackberry Mojito

Summer is coming, and man, do we have a new favorite cocktail here at the Mouse House.  Have you had a blackberry mojito before? Because if you haven't...get ready.  It's the perfect, sweet mash up of lush, fresh blackberries with tart lime juice, crisp mint leaves, and fragrant, light rum.  They're waaaaaaaaaaaaay too easy to drink. Don't say we didn't warn you.  Read on...

How to Roast a Rack of Lamb

Intimidated by roasting a rack of lamb (or two, or three)? Don't be.  I'm going to show you how. This post explains how to roast a rack of lamb, and includes loads of tips (including a quick buying guide), a step-by-step photo recipe, and a printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.    Roasted rack of lamb is a really easy...

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

This no-bake chocolate cheesecake is one sweetheart of a dessert. It's a total crowd pleaser. And it couldn't be easier to make. My favorite part? You don't have to fuss around with the oven. I can't take credit for this idea. It's largely based on a recipe I saw in a holiday baking issue of Food & Wine, contributed by cookbook author and...

Edward Owl Earring Giveaway Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered our giveaway to win this fabulous pair of sterling silver mystic topaz earrings from Edward Owl Design and Ornament! Holly, the wizard behind Edward Owl, has been a dear friend and a great partner in crime for many years now! Check out her mouthwatering recipe for Chocolate Babka here! You can see more of her fabulous...