Day Four of the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Blogger challenge and today I’ve made you Spicy Maple and Tabasco Hard Candies. (If you’re wondering what the Tabasco 10 Ingredient Blogger Challenge is, check out my first post on Spicy Chocolate Meringue Cookies to get the details.) I’ve really been enjoying the challenge. Yesterday I mentioned how I liked the creative challenge of working within the specified ingredients, but I’m also getting a kick out of seeing what everyone else has come up with. For instance, Meredith of In Sock Monkey Slippers posted a recipe for Sea Salt and Tomato Vinegar Eggplant Fries, which I thought was pretty genius. Ditto for Megan’s Tabasco Mexican Hot Chocolate Magic Shell ice cream topping on

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Earlier this week I made a lemon layer cake for a friend’s birthday. When deciding how to decorate it, the idea of beautiful, candied lemons popped into my head. The sour lemon trapped in a sweet sugar shell just sounded so elegant and appealing that I had to give it a try.  The candied lemon turned out sweet, with no bitter or sourness, and they are beautiful as edible decorations on a plate or dessert.


When I was little, we had our annual holiday pilgrimage to visit my grandparents. It was part of my Christmas tradition, and I remember running to the back of the garage (which had been converted to a kind of den) to where my grandfather kept the Christmas candy. Without fail, there would be two large tins: one had peanut butter balls and the other had the coconut balls. My brother liked the peanut butter balls, I liked the coconut.


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