Recipe: Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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When you start your day off with something sweet, like this breakfast bake, it's pretty much a guarantee that it's going to be a good one. This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries. The result is pure decadence for breakfast — something we all need every once in a while.


3 Ways to Turn a Grocery Store Cake into a Wedding Cake — Wedding Cake

Using a plain grocery store cake and dressing it up well is an ideal wedding cake solution for any bride on a budget, but especially those who want to DIY their cake but don't have the skills — or time — to bake everything from scratch.

Choosing a grocery store cake may be a compromise in cost and customization, but it doesn't have to be a compromise in style. Here are three ideas for transforming a plain grocery store cake into a wedding-worthy cake no matter your style.


How To Make Strawberry Roses — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Strawberry roses are a fun garnish for spring cakes, class cupcakes, or even a bridal shower vase. This knife trick might seem frivolous at first glance, but you'll be glad you mastered it once strawberries hit high season. Here's everything you need to know about making strawberry roses at home with a paring knife.


Why You Shouldn’t Register for a Set of Pots and Pans — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

Whether you're registering for your wedding or just restocking your kitchen, there are a bunch of things right off the bat that you just do not need. You do not need unitasking tools. You do not need whiskey stones. And you do not need a full set of pots and pans. Actually, ditto when it comes to knife sets.

Let us explain.


I Catered My Own Wedding — Here’s What I Did and What I Wish I Did — Homemade Weddings

As a couple of adventurous backpackers with no savings and a strict time limit imposed by U.S. Immigration, my now-husband and I catered our own wedding out of necessity. My Irishman and I met on a fruit-picking farm in Australia where, amongst the plague of flies, sweat, and 30 other backpackers, we found love.

An international betrothal meant a lot of paperwork and a lot of waiting. Eight months of waiting, to be exact, during which we had no indication if or when his visa would be approved. Much to my dismay, planning a wedding in any detail wasn't possible. We didn't know much, but we did know that once the visa was approved and the Irishman landed on American soil, we would have 90 days to get married. Oh, and that we were pathetically poor.

Here's how we catered our wedding — and what we would have done differently.


The One Pan That Belongs on Your Wedding Registry — The Happy Ever After Kitchen

Nonstick pans have long been a controversial part of any kitchen arsenal. There are the Serious Chefs, who think that everything and anything you cook could benefit from the seared and crispy goodness that comes from a stainless steel pan and a bit of fat. Then there are the home cooks who prefer to avoid any potential for toxicity where possible, and fear the particles or fumes that can emanate from a nonstick skillet.

But the bottom line is that you need at least one great nonstick pan in your kitchen, if only to cook one staple: eggs.


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