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47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Open to Entries

Bake-Off Banner

When it was founded, the Pillsbury Bake-Off took place every year. For many years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been operating on a bi-annual scheduled due to the amount of entries that are received and the amount of time that it takes the Bake-Off’s full-time staff to test and evaluate those entries. The contest is the largest and most famous baking contest out there, with a ... Read More »

FDA Plans to Update Nutrition Labels

Old vs New Nutrition Labels

Nutrition labels on food packaging haven’t changed much since they were first introduced more than 20 years ago and the FDA is planning to give them a makeover to better help consumers understand what we’re eating.┬áThe new labels are going to omit or emphasize things based on how nutritionists now understand them. For instance, the “calories from fat” section will be removed, since nutritionists now ... Read More »

Arroz con Leche

Arroz Con Leche

Arroz con leche is Mexican rice pudding whose name literally means “rice with milk”. I’ve seen many versions of arroz con leche that use different kinds of rice, different kinds of sugar and different kinds of milk. Some use sweetened condensed milk, while others use regular milk. Some swear by brown rice, while others stick to white rice. To me, this means that there is ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

It is Girl Scout cookie season and that means that it is time to stock up on your favorite flavors, unless you are already making your own Homemade Girl Scout Cookies to enjoy year-round. Girl Scout cookies can be eaten straight out of the box, but they’re also a great ingredient and can be transformed into all kinds of other recipes. Thin Mints are the ... Read More »

What is piloncillo?

Piloncillo, grated

Piloncillo is an unrefined Mexican sugar that is made from cane sugar made from boiling and evaporating cane juice. Piloncillo is the most common name for this type of sugar in Mexico, but the is also known as panocha or panela in other Latin and Central American countries. It can be found pressed into blocks or rounds, as well as cones, at Mexican markets. This ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Citrus Loaf Pan

Citrus Loaf Pan

I recently saw a great Lemon Loaf Pan from Nordic Ware that featured a lovely lemon design, with whole and cut lemons surrounded by a few leaves. It seemed like the perfect pan for baking my Lemon Loaf Cake. Not long after, however, I saw another lemon pan that just might be even better. This Citrus Loaf Pan is also from Nordic Ware and it ... Read More »

Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream

Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

When a baked good uses coffee in the name, it often means that the dish will pair well with coffee, not necessarily that it will contain coffee. As much as I enjoy pairing baked goods with coffee, as a coffee-lover, I always appreciate it when I find coffee flavors in desserts. And these Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream are a great choice for a coffee ... Read More »

Macaron Fetish

Macaron Fetish

Macarons are a delicacy, one of those treats that – unlike cupcakes – you can’t find just everywhere. When you find a good one, the combination of crisp exterior, chewy interior and flavorful filling is just about heaven. It can be hard to find a bakery that carries good macarons, so macaron-lovers often try their hand at making them at home. It can be a ... Read More »

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