Vertical Layer Cake Tutorial


vertical layer cake tutorialDescription : This gorgeous cake has lovely red and white vertical layers.

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Source : I Am Baker

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Adorable Snowman Cookie


adorable snowman cookieDescription: Rolled fondant and good quality food colors are used in this super cute cookie.

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Vegetarian Cholent Recipe


Vegetarian Cholent

source: jamieanne

Cholent is a traditional Jewish stew, made from beans and potatoes, and cooked for almost 24 hours on a low flame. The following recipe started out in Kosher By Design, but after many changes to ingredients and cooking instructions, I feel I can call this version at least partly my own.


1/2 cup kidney beans, rinsed

1/2 cup lima beans, rinsed

1 cup  brown lentils, rinsed

3 large onions, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup canola oil

4 thin-skinned potatoes, chunked

4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1  cup frozen baby carrots

1 cup old-fashioned oats (not quick cooking)

1/2 cup barley, rinsed

3 tablespoons kosher salt

3 tablespoons sweet paprika

1 large pinch black pepper

1/4-1/3 cup ketchup


Cook the kidney beans, lentils, and lima beans in boiling water for five minutes. Remove from flame and let sit for one hour.

While beans are soaking, brown onions in oil.

Drain beans and place all ingredients in a oven roasting bag. Fill the bag with water till the ingredients are completely covered and tie the top with a slip knot.

Place the oven roasting bag in a slow cooker filled halfway with water. Cook on  high for about 21-22 hours. Serve immediately.

Note: You will need to add additional water to the bag.  Have a urn with hot water available.

Makes 8-10 servings.

Warning: Slow cookers differ in heat settings. The first time you prepare Vegetarian Cholent, watch your food to insure it does not overcook.

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Hot Taco Bean Soup


Hot Taco Bean Soup

To transform the Hot Taco Bean Soup from vegetarian to vegan, just leave out the yogurt and add more taco sauce. It’s still delicious, but less creamy and a lot spicier.


2 15 oz. cans kidney or black beans (rinsed and drained)

2 1/2 cups onion broth (water and soup powder is fine)

1 teaspoon cumin

2 or more tablespoons hot taco sauce

salt to taste

3 tablespoons low-fat yogurt

1/2 small onion, finely chopped


Combine the beans, onion broth, cumin and taco sauce in a large pot. Using a hand blender, blend till semi-smooth. Chunks of beans should still be visible.

Heat soup till boiling and add salt to taste. Add more hot taco sauce if desired. Simmer for one more minute.

Remove pot from stove and add the low-fat yogurt.

Serve immediately. Have chopped onions available in a separate bowl for garnishing.

Makes 2 main course or 4 side dish servings.

Note: I use a lot of  hot taco sauce, but start off with 2 tablespoons,  and taste before you add more.  Sauce can always be added later, but once you’ve put in too much, it can’t be taken out.

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Make Your Own Sea Glass Candy


make your own sea glass candy

Description: For more fun, vary the food coloring and flavoring when you make this simple candy. Try red coloring and cherry flavor,  orange coloring  and orange flavor,  yellow  coloring  and lemon flavor, etc.

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Caramel Apple Cake


caramel apple cakeDescription: This cake is made of four components – applesauce, apple cake, caramel sauce and caramel buttercream. Yum!

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Damask Cookies Using A Projector


damask cookies using a projectorDescription : The wonderful things about these cookies, is that you don’t need to be artistic to make them. Just use a project to shine the pattern on to the cookie surface, and color inside the lines.

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