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Bakeball Bat

Bakeball Bat

Baseball fans know that spring training gets started in February every year. While no games played until later in the spring, the players use those first few weeks to get back into shape after a seasonal break and the coaches have a chance to see how their players, new and old, are working together. The tools in your kitchen work together like players on a ... Read More »

Perfect Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Rich Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

Rice pudding is one of my favorite comfort foods. Though there are a few gourmet rice pudding stores out there (very, very few), rice pudding remains something that is best made and eaten at home. A good rice pudding should feature a combination of smooth, rich custard and very tender rice. It should be sweet, without being too sweet, and the rice should really be ... Read More »

Dessert for Two

Dessert for Two

Baking is a wonderful way to spend a lazy afternoon. It’s fun to spend a few hours mixing up ingredients, crimping dough and enjoying the aromas wafting from your oven. After the baking is finished, you’re left with lots of goodies to enjoy yourself or share with friends and family. One of the things that keeps people from baking more at home is that they ... Read More »

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

Blackberry Crumb Muffins

I like coffee cakes topped with lots of crisp, buttery crumb topping. Coffee cakes aren’t the only baked good you can add streusel to – even cookies and¬†pancakes are fair game – and, frankly, I wish that I would remember to add a crumb topping to my goodies a lot more often. These¬†Blackberry Crumb Muffins have a tender, berry-packed muffin base, but are a standout ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Cinnamon Bun Pan

Nordic Ware Cinnamon Bun Pan

A batch of warm, sticky cinnamon buns is a wonderful treat on a lazy weekend morning. They’re actually a wonderful treat any time, however you are much more likely to spend a few hours making a batch on a Sunday than on a busy weekday morning. Cinnamon buns are a relatively time consuming pastry to make, since the bread must be kneaded, proofed, filled and ... Read More »

What is bleached flour?

What is Bleached Flour?

Bleached flour is wheat flour that has had a chemical whitening agent added to it. The whitening process gives the flour a lighter color and a softer texture than unbleached flour, but it does not have much of an impact on the flavor of the flour when compared to unbleached all purpose flour. In addition to lightening the color, bleaching also lowers the protein content ... Read More »

Cartography of Kitchenware Apron

Cartography of Kitchenware Apron

Anyone who loves infographics – and you know who you are, because you’re always the one sharing them first on Facebook – will get a kick out of the Cartography of Kitchenware Apron. This illustrated apron features a catalog of more than 200 different kitchen tools, grouping them into categories and showing how they relate to eachother. The colorful apron is fun to wear because ... Read More »

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies don’t need to be dressed up to be delicious, especially when they are still slightly warm from the oven and the chocolate is melting. That said, a few simple changes can turn a batch of ordinary cookies into cookies into a recipe that is a lot more memorable. These Salted Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of my favorite chocolate chip ... Read More »

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