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Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake

Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake, unsliced

Don’t be fooled by the cake-like appearance of the treat in the photo above, nor by the name. This coffee cake has only a slightly resemblance to the moist, dense cakes you can find in just about any coffee shop. It is actually more like a sweet bread than a cake because it is made with a yeasted dough instead of being leavened with a ... Read More »

Say it.. with My M&Ms

custom mms

Yesterday, Ryan Donlon and Jennifer Farina from Philadelphia, PA spoke to each other for the first time in 31 days. This wouldn’t be noteworthy event for most couples, but this pair was participating in a contest sponsored by M&M in which they only used the messages printed on My M&Ms for a month. They took a “vow of silence” at the end of June and ... Read More »

Ice cream sandwich ideas

homemade ice cream sandwiches

The temperature outside is much higher than I’d like it to be and, as it’s only July, we have a lot more warm weather to look forward to this year (especially in Southern California, if last summer’s heat was any indication!). Cold desserts are a great way to cool down when it’s hot out. One of my favorites is the ice cream sandwich, because it ... Read More »

Active Dry, Instant and Rapid Rise yeasts

Yeast is a living organism, a microorganism that (usually in conjunction with many of its friends) converts sugar into carbon dioxide, producing bubbles in bread dough and giving us lovely, light loaves at the end of the process. There are really two options available to the baker when he or she wants to make bread: use a starter that contains naturally captured yeast, or use ... Read More »

Parmesan Tomato Tart

tomato tart

In the summer, as tomato season reaches its peak, my kitchen frequently overflows with perfectly ripe specimins. They are mostly red, with a few oranges, yellows, purples and stripes thrown in for variety. Many are heirloom varieties, all are organic, and each and every one is absolutely delicious. There are lots of things you can do with a kitchen full of tomatoes. Gazpacho , bruschetta ... Read More »

Giant Cupcake Pan

There are a few standard cupcake sizes, most often known simply as “mini,” “standard” and “king.”┬áThe precise amount that each size will hold may vary a bit from manufacturer to manufacturer, but the sizes are pretty consistent. Minis are about half the size of standard muffins and king size – sometimes known as jumbo size – are about twice the size. When jumbo cupcakes just ... Read More »

Are “smart” waters smarter?

In the summer, with heat and humidity levels rising, I tend to drink a lot more water than I do during other times of the year when I’m outside and active. During strenuous activity -┬ásay, hiking in the mountains – electrolyte supplements (usually powders that you can mix into water) can be even more helpful than plain water to replenish some of the nutrients that ... Read More »

Fake cakes for weddings

fake cake

Wedding cakes do not come cheap. In fact, the Bridal Association of America says that the average wedding cake costs $543. And the more elaborate you want your cake to be, the more people you intend to serve, the more it is going to cost you. One way to cut corners and reduce food costs is to cut down on the quality of the ingredients ... Read More »

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