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Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavoring, reviewed

Rodelle Alcohol Free Vanilla Extract

Alcohol free vanilla flavoring can’t be called vanilla extract because there are laws that govern what extract is made up of and they require that extracts be at least 35% alcohol. Alcohol is a useful ingredient in extracts because it is a great solvent for flavors and it evaporates during baking so you get the aroma of your extract without knowing that the alcohol was ... Read More »

Foodie Floats at the 2014 Rose Parade

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I started my year with a trip to the Rose Parade, where I was treated to a few foodie-inspired floats in addition to a host of other wonderful floats, marching bands and entries. To get a snapshot of the whole parade, you can check out the gallery that I posted at Travels with Nic & Rob, but here I’m focusing on the food! The Trader ... Read More »

What is alcohol free vanilla extract?

Alcohol Free Vanilla

Vanilla extract is an alcohol solution containing vanillin, an organic compound that is responsible for the vanilla flavor of vanilla beans. It is typically made with ethyl alcohol and is required by law to be at least 35% alcohol and to contain at laest 100g of vanilla beans per liter of extract. The remaining portion of the extract is usually water. Ethyl alcohol is used ... Read More »

Pear Custard Loaf Cake

Pear Custard Loaf Cake

When pears are in season, I eat a lot of them. I love their sweet, delicate flavor and enjoy them on their own, with good cheeses and baked into tasty desserts. I am particularly fond of comice pears, and since I happened to get a wonderfully big box of them from Harry & David over the holidays, I have been using a lot of them. ... Read More »

Hershey’s Chocolate Spreads, Reviewed

Hershey's Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

When you think about a spreadable chocolate product, you probably think of Nutella, the popular chocolate hazelnut spread that originated in Italy over 50 years ago. But Nutella isn’t the only chocolate spread on the market anymore, as quite a few brands are coming out with their own versions of the tasty treat. Hershey’s is the latest company to release a line of creamy, spreadable ... Read More »

Chef’n Cookie Stamp

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If I had to guess, I would say that more than twice as many people spend time decorating their cookies during the holidays than they do the rest of the year. Bakers who are either lazier or more pressed for time tend to opt for drop cookies or slice-n-bake doughs instead of cut out cookies that are a blank canvas crying out for decorations to ... Read More »

Dessert Wine and Raspberry Tiramisu

Dessert Wine Tiramisu

A traditional tiramisu is a “pick me up” because ladyfingers are soaked in an espresso mixture before being layered together with rich cream and more ladyfingers. This is not your traditional tiramisu, but it is still a great way to end a meal – especially if you’re celebrating particularly festive occasion. My Dessert Wine and Raspberry Tiramisu is made by dipping ladyfingers in a sweet ... Read More »

Cereal Sweets and Treats

Cereal Sweets

A bowl of cereal is a great way to start off your morning and get the day going, but cereal is a little more versatile than a simple breakfast food and you can do other things with it besides simply pour it into a bowl. Cereal Sweets and Treats explores some of the many other things you can do with cereal, turning it into surprisingly ... Read More »

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