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Crazy Crust Apple Pie

Crazy Crust Apple Pie

This is a recipe that I found on a hand-typed recipe card (as in, it was typed on a typewriter) tucked inside of one of my grandmother’s cookbooks. I definitely don’t recall my grandmother ever making it, but clearly she liked it enough to take the time to type out the recipe to preserve it, instead of simply jotting down the ingredients on the back ... Read More »

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

I did not particularly enjoy salads when I was a kid, certainly not as much as I do now. I enjoyed salad dressing, and I loved to dunk crunchy carrot and celery sticks into small bowls of that dressing as a snack, it took me a while to learn to love lettuce. One of the first salads I can remember eating and loving was a ... Read More »

Craftsy Complete Knife Skills Class

Julienned Apples

One of the most impressive things about watching a talented chef cook on TV is seeing their knife work. Chefs like Jacques Pepin and Gordon Ramsey make it look so easy to get that perfect julienne, a fine brunoise or any other cut in what seems like a few seconds – and usually without even looking down at what they’re doing. Most home cooks don’t ... Read More »

Confetti Angel Food Cake

Funfetti Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is an ethereally light sponge cake. It doesn’t get as much time in the spotlight as towering layer cakes, even though it is a fairly tall cake, because it is usually served plain. The most dressed up that a slice of angel food cake gets is when it is paired with fresh berries and a spoonful or two of whipped cream. It ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Baker By Nature‘s Apple Pie Calzones may look similar to a traditional pocket apple pie, but these treats are a little more substantial and are a lot more satisfying to bite into when you are looking for a comforting slice of apple pie and don’t have one handy. Like a traditional calzone, they’re made with a pizza dough that is rolled thin and wrapped around a ... Read More »

What is acidulated water?

Acidulated Water

Acidulated water is water that an acid has been added to it, usually lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar. Citric acid and ascorbic acid can also be used. The water is used to prevent the cut skin of fruits and vegetables from browning when they are exposed to air. Recipes often call for tossing apples, avocados or artichokes in acidulated water because these are all ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Blossom Bundt Pan

Blossom Bundt Pan

A large display of fresh flowers is a wonderful centerpiece, especially during the spring when we are all starting to look for pops of color after a grey winter. You can choose any kind of flowers to make your center piece, but I suspect that none of them will look quite as impressive as an edible flower, which is essentially what Nordic Ware’s Blossom Bundt ... Read More »

Banana Crumb Cake

Banana Crumb Cake

Regular old banana bread may never be the same after you try this Banana Crumb Cake. The coffee cake has all the flavor of banana bread and is topped with a crisp, buttery crumb topping that is dangerously habit-forming. In fact might just be my new favorite way to put those overripe browning bananas to good use. The coffee cake has a very moist banana ... Read More »

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