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Gelato vs Ice Cream

Vanilla Gelato, churning

While “gelato” is the Italian word for “ice cream,” the two desserts are not one and the same. There are some small, but distinctive, differences between ice cream and gelato. Ice cream is made by churning a base of cream, milk, sugar and sometimes eggs to freeze it and add air. Adding air to the mixture is what keeps ice cream soft, scoopable and helps ... Read More »

Follow the quest to bake the World’s Largest Cupcake

Just last month, the Guinness World Record for Largest Cupcake was set in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a cupcake weighing 150-lbs. The cupcake, while large, was actually not as impressive as you might think. It stood just 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It also wasn’t eaten after the record was recorded, although that is usually traditional with record-setting foods, but was instead shipped out ... Read More »

CI tests mini prep bowls

When I first started watching cooking shows on TV, the first thing that I noticed that those cooks/chefs used lots of small prep bowls. I tended to chop things as I worked, when I needed them. This was especially true if I was making something like vegetable soup and there was no need to rush to get all the ingredients into the pot in a ... Read More »

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

When I was a kid, macaroni and cheese was one of my favorite dinners. I suspect that there are lots of former kids out there who would say the exact same thing. Everyone has a different “type” of macaroni and cheese that they favor. I know some people who like it go be gooey, with strings of melted cheese coming off of every forkful. I ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I’ve had some cookies called snowballs before, and they tend to be tender ball-shaped butter cookies rolled in powdered sugar – hence the name. Cookie Madness‘s Cinnamon Snowballs look a lot like the traditional snowballs, but are made with an unusual combination of cornflakes and cake flour. The cake flour lends the expected soft texture of the traditional cookies, while the finely crushed cornflakes add ... Read More »

What is a crumb coat?

Crumb coat being applied

A  crumb coat is a term that comes up fairly often for those of us who like to bake cakes, but it is not often well defined in recipes. Sometimes, it isn’t mentioned at all, although anyone who has ever tried to frost a cake and ended up with lots of crumbs stuck in the frosting would certainly find that knowing how to apply a ... Read More »

Threadcakes winners announced!

Byebi, 2nd place 2D cake

The Threadcakes cake-making contest has come to an end, at least for this year. There were a total of 595 entries – meaning that lots of talented bakers put together 595 amazing cakes based on Threadless t-shirt designs! Competition was fierce in both the 2D and 3D cake categories, and while it seems as though creating a two dimensional (a.k.a. flat) cake would be easier, ... Read More »

Croque Madame

Croque Madame

Croque monsieur is (essentially, but perhaps not officially) french for “grilled ham and cheese sandwich.” It’s a very popular sandwich that has been around for just about a century, having first appeared on a restaurant menu around 1910. Gooey cheese, salty ham and buttered, toasted bread makes a great combination. It’s so popular that there are now lots of different variations on “le croque,” changing ... Read More »

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