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What is buttermilk?

I often get asked questions about what buttermilk is and how to substitute for it because people don’t keep it “on hand.” The best answer to this is to say that buttermilk is a wonderful dairy product that makes for some delicious baked goods, and it should always be kept on hand if you like to bake more than just the occasional batch of chocolate ... Read More »

All Star Sports Pan

All Star Sports Pan

I love to watch sports, but I’m not the type of sports fan that goes crazy when “my” team wins. I like it when “my” team wins (if I’m rooting for a particular side), of course, but I’d really just rather see a good game. For the big games, I’d prefer to enjoy them with a crowd to share in the excitement  – and, of ... Read More »

Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Salted White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

White chocolate and macadamia nuts are a great combination. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Creamy, smooth white chocolate, with its mild vanilla flavor, is a great match for the buttery, crunchy and slightly sweet macadamia nuts, as neither element overwhelms the other. One thing that I’ve found that can make the combination even better is to add a little bit of ... Read More »

Organic and Chic

Organic and Chic

Organic cooking is as simple as using organic ingredients, right? This is true, and easier for meats and vegetables than it is for baked goods. It’s not because organic flours and sugars are so few and far between, but because there is a lot more that goes into baking a layer cake than cooking a steak. The premise of Organic and Chic is that baking ... Read More »

Cereal-Crusted French Toast

Cereal-Crusted French Toast

Custardy, soft french toast is a classic breakfast option. You can do so much with the basic recipe just by using different types of bread. White bread makes the most basic french toast, while cinnamon raisin bread makes the dish taste almost like a cinnamon bun. Unlike pancakes, where you can just toss in some berries, it can be difficult to add additional flavors or ... Read More »

Easy Peach Galette

Easy Peach Galette

When summer comes around, I start looking for quick and easy desserts to make. One of my favorite things to put together is a fruit galette. It’s a rustic looking tart made with a pie crust or piece of puff pastry that is rolled out onto a baking sheet, topped with fresh fruit, and baked. The sides of the pie crust are folded up slightly ... Read More »

Pocket Pie Molds

Hand pies and pocket pies are the same thing by different names: small pies that can fit in your hand and don’t need a knife and fork to be eaten. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are most often made by taking a larger piece of pie dough and folding it over to create a pocket over some filling. The ... Read More »

Batter Blaster, reviewed

Batter Blaster

Batter Blaster is a product that I really wanted to lampoon when it first came out. It is pancake batter that comes in a spray can, just liked canned whipped cream. It’s organic and promises to produce light and fluffy pancakes with with “no mess – no cleanup!” I like to make pancakes from scratch and thought that the product was a little unnecessary, but ... Read More »

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