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Buttermilk Pie

Buttermilk Pie

My boyfriend’s mother is a one-woman Southern show. Seriously, she does it all – and has three well-rounded sons to prove it. Feeding those growing boys (and a loving husband) couldn’t have been easy, but she makes it look like a piece of cake. I’ve got a lot to learn. Fortunately, she’s given me a good start: I’ve inherited her tattered purple recipe folder with all the secrets of her Southern kitchen.

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Pix Potluck: Banana Muffins with Coconut Flour

Thank you Yury Shteyn for sharing your awesome pic with us on Facebook.

We are curious how these banana muffins turned out, especially considering you used coconut flour. In our mind, anything with sprinkles counts as having turned out pretty well.

Question to Cooking Channel fans:  What substitutions do you like to make when baking, to give something your own personal twist?

Tell us below.

More on muffins and sharing:

Baking Croissants with Sarabeth Levine

Sarabeth Levine's Croissants

Notice the layers in this side shot of Sarabeth Levine's perfectly flaky croissants, from her book Sarabeth’s Bakery: From my Hands to Yours.

Sarabeth's BakeryI once considered signing up for a croissant-making class but I decided to buy a cookbook instead. Then I bought more cookbooks and subscribed to more magazines and I bookmarked recipe after recipe online, and still I had never baked croissants. . . I’m quite the recipe hoarder. But when I flipped through my latest cookbook acquisition, Sarabeth’s Bakery: From my Hands to Yours (recently nominated for a 2011 James Beard Award), I was inspired to chat with Sarabeth Levine about the secrets to making those flaky, buttery croissants I occasionally snagged from her bakery in Chelsea Market.

“You have to flip to the first pages of my book and make them,” said Sarabeth, when we met and I blurted out the truth about my croissant-making procrastination. She explained that most people are intimidated by the final product, but croissants really aren’t that difficult to make. They only take a few ingredients and time-wise, you spend most of your time waiting for the dough to chill, freeze and proof. “Making a pound cake takes more focus,” she said.

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Toasting Grandma’s Biscotti

An tradtional Italian dessert: Biscotti and a glass of Vin Santo.

I love baking biscotti for family events and potluck parties, and especially during the holidays, when I make several batches and ship them as presents to family and friends. They are perfect gifts to make on a small budget, and they travel very well.

Cantuccini di Prato, the traditional Tuscan name for the biscotti we make, are the real reason Italians start drinking at a young age. Usually grandparents are to blame. Well… at least in my case!

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Girl Scouts of America to Give Downsizing Merit Badge?

As Girl Scouts around the country straighten out their beanies and practice their sales pitches (sales begin in early February), The Girl Scouts of America announced that troops in some areas are downsizing their annual offerings to just six cookies. Don’t panic — Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes and Tagalongs aren’t going anywhere. But some recently introduced varieties, like Thank U-Berry-Munch, Lemonades, Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips and Dulce de Leche are. The scouts are scaling back in hopes that simplicity will streamline sales and ultimately lead to increased profits.

Already mourning the loss of the beloved, but apparently not-so-popular cookies that are about to be axed? Don’t be. You can make near-exact homemade versions, door-to-door sales and polyester beanie optional.

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Craving: Chocolate Cake

Rachel Allen's chocolate cake is the perfect way to celebrate my new favorite holiday.

Did you know that there’s a designated food holiday nearly every single day of the year? Some are a little “out there”—does anyone actually celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day? It’s March 5, if you’re interested. But today’s holiday is one we can wholeheartedly get behind: National Chocolate Cake Day.

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Last-Minute Halloween Treats!

I Scream Cakes bakes the scariest things you've ever seen!

Halloween is right around the corner! When you take a break from raising some hell this weekend and start craving sugar, leave the humdrum candy to the kids and try making something more creative. Like this Peanut Butter-and-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake I Scream Cakes shared on our Facebook wall. This eclectic cake shop was featured on the ice cream episode of Food(ography), owner Kerry Soraci the creative mind behind the Deer Cake we featured on back in June.

If this one’s too ambitious for your taste, we’ve got plenty more ideas for spooky sweets.

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Fall Baking Recipe Gallery

Tear into David Rocco's Focacce.

The oven’s been off all summer while you chilled at the grill. Now it’s the start of baking season, with holiday cookies and pies right around the corner. From savory breads to decadent desserts, our fall baking gallery is full of ideas.

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Challenge: Christmas Cookies in September?!

Need Inspiration? Taste drive Laura Calder's Powder Puffs

It’s that time of year again! Get ready for fall foliage, pumpkin carving, apple cider and…holiday cookies? Okay, we know, it’s not quite that time of year, but we’re already planning our Holiday Cookie Showcase and we need your help!

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Pix Potluck: Pissaladiere

Pissaladiere by Katalin Eisenberg

Pissaladiere by Katalin Eisenberg

Craving a rich, savory onion pie that would even make Julia Child proud?  Katalin Eisenberg shared this decadent Pissaladiere on our Facebook page and we couldn’t resist…

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