What is a microplane?


Adding zest from fresh citrus is one of the easiest and best ways to brighten up the flavor of a dish, or to infuse an extra burst into some baked goods. For years, however, getting the zest – the brightly colored outer part of the rind – from citrus was a tricky business. Your options were to either peel the fruit as best you could ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Pan

Fans of carrot cake might want to think about adding a new piece to their bakeware collection this spring. King Arthur Flour is offering this carrot-shaped (and carrot-colored) Carrot Cake Pan as a new item in their line. The pan couldn’t be cuter for a carrot cake. It’s made of glazed stoneware, and while not completely nonstick, stoneware usually offers a quick release for baked ... Read More »

Buttermilk Lemon Bars

Buttermilk Lemon Bars

It’s been quite some time since I made a batch of lemon bars. Lemon bars are a classic bake-sale item, like brownies and chocolate chip cookies, and because they seem like such a staple of homemade baked goods, I think I overlook them a little too often in favor of more unusual recipes. It’s too bad because good lemon bars are really delicious. A slightly ... Read More »

Enlightened Cakes

Lower fat baking is always a little bit tricky because you don’t really want to sacrifice flavor and texture for a “healthier” cake. Experimenting to come up with just the right “lighter” recipe can take quite a bit of time. One way to streamline the process is by getting a cookbook that has done the work for you, like Enlightened Cakes. The cookbook is dedicated ... Read More »

Muffin Biscotti

Most muffin recipes make a dozen muffins. Sometimes I can get through the whole dozen – with a little help, of course – and sometimes I just can’t. Leftover muffins are usually good for a day or two, but most don’t hold up well longer than that. One solution is to freeze them when they are fresh and defrost them when you want to eat ... Read More »

Oatmeal Cranberry Flaxseed Cookies

Oatmeal Cranberry Flaxseed Cookies

Flaxseed is one of those healthy ingredients that is easy to sneak into foods, increasing the nutritional value by at least a little bit without really changing the taste or texture of what you’re making. The tiny seeds – about the size of sesame seeds – are slightly crunchy and have a very subtle nutty flavor. They’re best used when they have been ground into ... Read More »

What are blood oranges?

Blood Oranges

Blood oranges are a very unique-looking fruit. When you cut into an orange, you expect it to be, well, orange. Blood oranges are red inside, and can range from having a handful of red streaks inside to being so dark that they appear to be purple. Blood oranges have been cultivated for centuries, primarily in Sicily, Italy, and are grown in many Mediterranean countries. The ... Read More »

Silicups Silicone Baking Cups, reviewed

Silicups Silicone Baking Cups are just what they sound like: baking cups/cupcake wrappers/muffin wrappers that are made of silicone. They look just like the “real thing” down to the little ribs on the side of the cup. They’re offered as an alternative to the traditional paper wrappers on the grounds that they are nonstick and reusable, and because they can stand on their own, there ... Read More »

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