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The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts

When I think of diabetic desserts, not very many things come to mind. Most homemade treats are either not an option or can only be eaten on a restricted basis. Most storebought desserts are poor substitutes for the “real” thing. But when I first came across The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, I was impressed and as I read through it, I liked the book ... Read More »

Apple Crisp

nic's apple crisp

I always looked forward to eating apple crisp when I was little. Not only is it a tasty dessert, but it was a dessert that only my grandparents made, so I only got to have some when they came to dinner and brought a fresh batch with them. My strategy was to eat one serving when everyone else did, then snag any leftovers for myself later.  ... Read More »

Can a mixing bowl be too large?

mixing bowls

Most mixing bowls that are marketed at home cooks are sold in relatively standard sets of three with a small, medium and large bowl. Recipes, in an attempt to help non-pro bakers get the best results possible, often indicate whether a large, medium or small bowl is called for in a given step. The reason for this is that some home cooks will try and work ... Read More »

Halloween cupcake wrappers

Halloween cupcake wrappers

 I don’t necessarily go for lots of seasonal baking tools, changing up the color of my mixing bowls and whatnot to suit the current season or holiday. I probably would if I could, but I would need a much bigger kitchen (with a whole lot more storage space) before I could even consider starting up such a collection. There are, however, a few seasonal baking items ... Read More »

Make your own apple and pumpkin pie spice mixes

Apple and Pumpkin Pie Spices

Two of the most common spice mixes are apple pie spice and pumpkin pie spice. The combination of spices that make up each blend is so commonly used (because they are complimentary) when baking with apples and pumpkin that the blends are packaged and sold alongside “regular” spices in the baking aisle of the supermarket. They are frequently called for in recipes without much explaination of what ... Read More »

Vampire Cupcakes

vampire cupcake: money shot

It was a dark and stormy (read: there was a heavy drizzle) night when a discussion of Halloween costumes let to a discussion on Halloween baked goods. I already had a spiderweb chocolate tart and some pumpkin muffins planned, but I wanted to come up with something dramatic. Something impressive. Something that a dark and spooky holiday – albeit a candy-centric one – deserved. And ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

My bookmarks from other bloggers this week were all over the place. I expected that most people would be going for Halloween or other mid-fall fare by this time and was surprised to find a lot of summery or any-time sort of dishes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve been known to make pumpkin pie around Easter! First on my list this week is the ... Read More »

Fortune cookies get a little more realistic

The fortunes inside fortune cookies tend to take a positive, yet very vague, view of things. Notes like “things are looking up,” “opportunity is never far away“ and “you will be lucky in business ventures”are so commonplace that it is a rare event when someone is actually surprised by a fortune cookie. But Wonton Food, which is the largest producer of fortune cookies in the country, ... Read More »

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