Baking Bites & Spam on San Diego Living

Baking Bites on San Diego Living

Last week, I served as the judge at the San Diego County Fair for the Great American Spam Championship. This cooking contest is a huge national event that is held at 26 different state and county fairs across the country every year. There are divisions for both youth chefs and adults – and the grand prize for coming out on top of all the other ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Tests Potholders

Cook's Country Tests Potholders

Potholders are a basic piece of kitchen equipment that we all have in our kitchens and use every day. They don’t get a lot of attention, since they’re not nearly as glamorous as a shiny stand mixer, but we just them for everything from taking cookies out of the oven to removing lids from hot pans. A basic potholder is a terrycloth square (or just ... Read More »

Nutella Fudgsicles

Nutella Fudgesicles

Chocolaty fudgsicles were always one of my favorite popsicle flavors growing up. I made a huge mess almost every time I ate one – getting chocolate smears all over my face and my shirts – but since I wasn’t old enough to do my own laundry at the time, that was just part of the fun. These days, I still enjoy fudgsicles, though a few ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

I enjoy baking with strawberries just as much as I enjoy eating them raw, as they add both a lot of color and flavor to summer baked goods. Kumquat‘s Strawberry Maple Streusel Muffins are a gluten-free muffin that is a wonderful warm weather breakfast option. The muffins are sweetened with pure maple syrup and studded with ripe berries. They’re topped with a streusel – also ... Read More »

Cook’s Cuff

Cook's Cuff

When I’m in the kitchen, I sometimes find myself consulting conversion tables to double check my measurements, especially when I am scaling recipes up and down for different serving sizes. How make teaspoons are in a quarter cup? How many cups are in a quart? The Cook’s Cuff is a lovely piece of jewelry that has some real utility to it – in addition to ... Read More »

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake

Just about everyone enjoys a good chocolate cake now and then. When you picture a chocolate cake, you probably think of a deep cocoa-colored cake that has a bittersweet dark chocolate flavor. A dark chocolate cake is delicious, but dark chocolate isn’t the only type of chocolate that makes a great cake. This Vanilla & White Chocolate Cake is not your run-of-the-mill chocolate cake because ... Read More »

Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town

Icebox Cakes: Recipes for the Coolest Cakes in Town

Icebox cakes are a style of cake that is perfect for summer entertaining. The cakes are assembled in layers and stored in the refrigerator or freezer until the layers of the cake meld together into one delicious dish. They need to be prepared in advance, but you won’t need to turn on the oven and heat up your kitchen to make one right before you ... Read More »

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