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May 03, 2013

Sweet Origins: Derby Pie {& Bourbon Desserts Round-Up}

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
I am headed out to Louisville today for the Kentucky Derby. Big hats are what many people think of when they hear the words Kentucky Derby (I found mine yesterday and it’s veerrry big!). Of course, when I hear the words Kentucky Derby, I think of Derby Pie. Have you had Derby Pie before?  I had it on my last trip to the Derby and it is SO good. The delicious chocolate and walnut tart…
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February 19, 2013

Sweet Origins: Hamentashen

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
Photograph courtesy of Food Network. Purim is this Saturday so we thought it would be a fun time to do a Hamentashen sweet origins. Purim celebrates the defeat of Haman. To celebrate his defeat, it is traditional to bake this triangular jam-filled cookie to remember both Haman’s triangular pockets {which was said to be filled with bribe money} and his clipped ears. Pastry dough is cut into circles, filled with thick poppy seed or a…
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December 04, 2012

Sweet Origins: Sufganiyot for Hanukkah

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Sweet Origins
The first night of Hanukkah is already this Saturday. My boys are already asking about when they’ll get to taste their Sufganiyot. On Hanukkah, it is a tradition to eat these jelly filled, deep fried doughnuts. It is just one of the fried foods {there are also latkes} that reminds us of the miracle that occurred during the Maccabean Revolt, when oil that was lighting the sacred lamp during the rededication of the holy temple…
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October 10, 2012

Sweet Origins: Happy Angel Food Cake Day

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Sweet Origins
1) Fluffy Coconut Angel Food Cake 2) Simply Angel Food Cake 3) Angel Food Cake In A Jar  4) Lemony Angel Food Cake 5) Angel Food Cupcake  6) Chocolate Angel Food Cake  7) Mini Angel Food Cake Today is National Angel Food Cake Day.  Angel Food Cake became known in the United States in the late 19th century and received its name because of the light and airy texture of the cake. This sponge cake…
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September 26, 2012

Sweet Origins: Bundt, I Love You!

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Sweet Origins
1) Zebra Bundt Cake 2) Root Beer Chocolate Bundt Cake 3) Banana Bundt Cake 4) Pear, Hazelnut and Brown Butter Mini Bundt Cakes 5) Mini Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake Whether in its original size, a mini version, or painted with chocolate stripes like the Zebra cake above, the cake with folds on the side and a volcano-like hole in the middle known as the Bundt cake is making a BIG comeback! The Bundt cake was…
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February 03, 2012

WINNER! FIRST ANNUAL SWEETERBOWL

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag, Sweet Origins
The Pats pulled it out in the fourth quarter to tie it up in our SweeterBowl. After tallying up all the votes in overtime…the winner of the first annual Sweeterbowl is…………… THE NEW YORK GIANTS! The winner of the football cake tin and these football baking cups from Wilton is: Katy.  Please check your inbox for our email. Thank you everyone for playing.  Look for more fun stuff like this on the blog soon……
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February 02, 2012

Quarter 4: Tomato Tart Vs. Lobster Quiche (Plus Wilton Giveaway)

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag, Sweet Origins
THE GAME: We are now in the fourth quarter of our Sweeterbowl and New England has pulled out. Don’t forget to check back at 7PM to see which team wins and who wins the giveaway from Wilton. If you were here this morning, then maybe you are already part of our Sweeterbowl game. If you are just joining the game, each quarter you will be asked to tell us which dessert you prefer..the traditional New…
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February 02, 2012

Quarter 3: Apple Muffin Vs. Whoopie Pie (Plus Wilton Giveaway!)

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag, Sweet Origins
THE GAME: If you were here this morning, then maybe you are already part of our Sweeter Bowl game.  We’re now in the third quarter and the Giants are in the lead by 14. Where are all our New England fans?? If you are just joining the game, each quarter you will be asked to tell us which dessert you prefer..the traditional New York/New Jersey vs traditional New England. Leave your choice in the comments…
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February 02, 2012

Quarter 2: Cannoli Vs. Blueberry Pie (Plus Wilton Football Giveaway!)

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag, Sweet Origins
THE GAME: If you were here this morning, then maybe you are already part of our Sweeterbowl game.  We’re now in the second quarter and the Giants are in the lead by 7. If you are just joining the game, each quarter you will be asked to tell us which dessert you prefer..the traditional New York/New Jersey vs traditional New England. Leave your choice in the comments section of the blog. Each quarter will stay…
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February 02, 2012

First Annual Amy Atlas Sweeterbowl!

By: Amy Atlas, in Swag, Sweet Origins
We have not written a “Sweet Origins” in a while and since Superbowl XLVI is Sunday, we thought it would be fun to play a game where we learn about the sweet origins of the desserts from the Superbowl team areas and pit them against each other! A Superbowl of Sweets so to speak or “Sweeterbowl.” So today, we are pitting some traditional New York/New Jersey sweets against some New England favorites. Since the Giants…
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September 09, 2011

Sweet Origins – TV Dinners {and TV Dinner Dessert Board}

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
Tomorrow is National TV Dinner Day.  Did you eat tv dinners as a kid?  Goodness, I hate to admit it, but they bring back so many memories for me.  My parents were both working, and while my mom is a great cook, my brother and I would often see TV Dinners make their way into the dinner repertoire.  My favorite part, of course, was always that chewy brownie.  I can still remember sneaking into…
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July 29, 2011

Sweet Origins: Cheesecake

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
Photo credits above:  1) What Katie Ate 2)  Crustybakes 3)  Tartelette Who doesn’t love cheesecake? A dense, rich, creamy slice of sweet cake, topped with a fresh fruit sauce, chocolate or nuts. If you held a popularity contest for desserts, cheesecake would be the captain of the cheerleading squad– it would win every time. To honor National Cheesecake Day, which is tomorrow, we’re giving you the “Sweet Origins” of one of America’s favorite desserts.…
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July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day & Sweet Origins: Macarons!

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
Happy Bastille Day! Today is French National Day, a commemoration of the storming of the Bastille in 1789. Festivities include fireworks over the Eiffel Tower, a parade down the Champs Elysees and a picnic of 10,000 people dressed in white at Versailles. We say, where there’s a party in France, there must be the beloved macaron! In this “Sweet Origins,” we explore the history of France’s favorite dessert. Macarons are delicate round cookies made with…
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June 03, 2011

Sweet Origins – DOUGHNUTS! {Happy National Doughnut Day}

By: Amy Atlas, in Sweet Origins
Scroll down for more great doughnut pictures and ideas! Photo credits: 1) Country Living 2) Martha Stewart 3) Martha Stewart 4) Cannelle et Vanille 5) Country Living 6) Sprinkle Bakes 7) Cakes by Jeannie   Today is National Doughnut Day.  And to celebrate, we are doing a “Sweet Origins” about doughnuts.  Have you ever thought about where doughnuts are from?  Rumor is that in Holland and Germany, cooks would drop extra dough into boiling oil…
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April 29, 2011

OH FUDGE! – Sweet Origins & Giveaway

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag, Sweet Origins
Since sweets are a big part of my world, I am always researching different confections.  I am fascinated about the origins of the confections that we use on our tables.  Today, I’m sharing with you the “sweet origins” of fudge.  You may remember our Sweet Journey to Atlantic City last summer, when we sampled several varieties of fudge.  The fudge on the boardwalk was to.die.for. and enough to get me interested in the the origins…
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August 09, 2010

Vlog #5 – Behind the Scenes at Amy Atlas: Sweet Journey

Vlog #5: Behind the Scenes with Amy Atlas – Sweet Journey from Amy Atlas on Vimeo. Lisa and I left our workload, kids and husbands in NYC to join some friends for a sweet journey in the Garden State this past weekend. It was our friend Rachel’s birthday so we took a road trip for some quality time with the girls {it was desparately needed!} On our list to do: pool time, lots of r…