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Oil versus extract in baking

There is no doubt that flavorings are crucial to good baking. Spices and extracts are probably two of the most important types of ingredients to have in the kitchen after the baking basics. Spices are straightforward, even if you buy the kind that you must grind yourself, but the category of extracts and oils stumps many home chefs. An extract is a concentrated flavoring that ... Read More »

Foodie Fonts

a very cheese-y font

I have quite the font collection on my computer, probably hundreds of them collected from free font download websites and various computer programs that I’ve installed over the years. It’s not that I use all of them, but just like in the kitchen, it’s nice to have options. So, when I saw that YumSugar picked out a list of 10 Fonts That Will Make You ... Read More »

Where to find giant chocolate chips

see's super chips

You can’t go wrong with regular chocolate chips. From cookies and cakes to ice cream mix-ins, that standard size seems to always work out beautifully, delivering just the right punch of chocolate in each morsel. But it is nice to have options because there are times when you want to scale up or down just a bit. Mini chocolate chips, for instance, work out even ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Homemade Samoas

Samoas, also known as Caramel de-Lites, have always been my favorite girl scout cookie (although I do enjoy Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Thin Mints). I’m not sure how they rank in the overall scheme of GS cookie popularity, but I will go so far as to say that I have never met someone who didn’t care for them at all – even people who say that ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Normally, I won’t spotlight my own recipe if it has been featured (and enjoyed) by another blogger, largely because there are so many other things out there. That said, I thought I’d start off this week’s Bites by pointing out Baking Love‘s rendition of my Peppermint Cookies and Cream brownies because her version is gluten free! It’s a great and creative twist and, for my ... Read More »

What are demerara, turbinado and muscovado sugars?

demarra and muscovado sugar

When it comes to baking, recipes mostly call for powdered/confectioners’ sugar, plain sugar or brown sugar. The textures and properties of these three types are taken into account when the recipe is formulated. But they are not the be-all and end-all of sugars, and a few of the “specialty” sugars (by which I mean that they’re less common here in the US) are gaining in ... Read More »

Flower Basket Cake Pan

Flower Basket Cake Pan

The only thing lovelier than a beautiful bouquet of flowers is a beautiful bouquet of edible flowers, or at least, it certainly is to some people. This is why products like chocolate roses and Edible Arrangements have taken off in recent years. For a baker, the same concept can be realized with this Flower Basket Cake Pan. The ring-shaped pan has large cupcake-type depressions, each ... Read More »

Pizza stone kits tested

Villaware Pizza stone set

When it comes to baking pizzas at home, a baking stone is crucial for getting a great crust. The stone draws moisture out of the pizza dough as the crust bakes, preventing steam from getting trapped beneath the crust and causing your pizza to get soggy (or, at least, not entirely crisp). Even top-quality baking pans don’t give you the same effect, so it’s worth ... Read More »

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