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I wanted to come up with something rainbow sparkly to inspire kids to want to cook. So I came up with this homemade lollipop project which involves smashing candy with hammers. You can get the how-to instructions and see more photos at the Food Network.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/recipes-for-kids/weekends-at-home/rainbow-hard-candy-lollipops

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Are you standing in the middle of a convent store in the middle of the night, or are you perhaps gazing at the leftover remnants of a box of Krispy Creams from your latest work-related breakfast meeting and wondering to yourself, “What else can I do with these donuts other than just stuff them into my gaping pie-hole?”  Well, I came up with three super easy ideas for you. Take those donuts home and get cooking. Get the recipes At Refinery29.

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It’s breakfast for dessert — or maybe it’s booze for breakfast. You decide.

 

Donut Custard Cream Pie Recipe for Refinery29Donut Custard Cream Pie

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Easter Cake Decorated with Peeps and Jelly Beans

There’s a Peeps extravaganza going on over at the Food Network just in time for Easter. I came up with 8 party ready ideas featuring everyone’s favorite sugar coated marshmallow candy.  The Peeps Bunny King cake is shown above.

Below are the Peeps brownie bottomed terrariums:

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Eventually these Peeps will become Peeps infused Vodka. Click on the photos to learn more.

Peeps infused Vodka

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How to make candy strawberries out of Red Hots, and 10 other treats to make with the cinnamon candy for Valentine’s Day, or any time you’re in the mood to spice things up a bit. My latest article and food photography for the Food Network.

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If you are in Phoenix or Tucson look for my photos in the January/February issues of both Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine and The Valley Guide. PH&G features a story on 93 year old artist Rose Cabat who won international recognition (her work is in MOMA) for her small ceramic vessels called “feelies”. For The Valley Guide, my husband Jason and I were subjeted to far too many delicious pastries for a story on bakeries. I had a stomach ache by the second bakery (every pastry chef INSISTED we sample their wares), but Jason managed to plug along and down every offered confection as my long suffering model.