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“Light” whipped cream isn’t that light

whip it good, not light

Whipped cream is one of the more waistline-unfriendly foods you can eat. It’s high in fat, can be high in sugar (and thus, high in calories) if over-generously sweetened and it is really hard to limit yourself to a two tablespoon serving size when slices of apple pie, ice cream sundaes and molten chocolate cakes call out for more than just one mouthful – and ... Read More »

Wilton Cake Caddy

cake caddy

Imagine that you have made a cake or some cupcakes for a friend’s party. You spend hours baking and decorating only to realize that you need to pack up the cake and get it to the party in one piece. Transporting cakes can be a pain in the you-know-what. You have to worry about keeping the icing from getting smushed, keeping the cake from tipping over in the car ... Read More »

Quitting to bake

Have you ever considered, even for a moment, leaving your job to take one in the food industry? While career changes in and of themselves are nothing new, coverage of them is, thanks to food-focused blogs, tv networks and larger newspaper food sections. Stories about leaving a corporate job to take up cooking on the line or to open up a bakery seem downright common. ... Read More »

Rocky Road Bars

Chocolate, nuts and marshmallows are the only things you really need to put together a delicious rocky road – and I really have a soft spot for a good rocky road. My favorite rocky roads are ones that are simply loaded up with marshmallows.  Others prefer ones that are heavy on the nuts. And just about everyone wants plenty of chocolate in the mix. There aren’t too many ... Read More »

Back to the Family

Back to the Family by Art Smith

Back to the Family is a new cookbook by Art Smith, Oprah’s personal chef. A followup to his previous, bestselling work, Back to the Table, the book’s ongoing theme is that “food always tastes better with the ones you love” and that because family is one of the most important things in the world, we should take the time to get together with them. Food works ... Read More »

Homemade Bagels

bagel shaping how-to

It’ll be hard to go back to storebought bagels after these. These homemade bagels were simply delicious, and as though that were not enough, they were both easy and fun to make on top of that. They had a perfectly chewy crust and a tender/chewy inside that stood up well to butter and jam. The bagels also toasted perfectly – and in a bagel, that is just ... Read More »

Men are intimidated by grocery stores

Given that I usually see lots of men in the store whenever I am grocery shopping, I always assumed that the idea that men were intimidated by the grocery store to be a silly stereotype. But as with many stereotypes, this one turns out to be rooted in fact. Recent studies show that men are, in fact, overwhelmed by the grocery store. According to the ... Read More »

Foodie cutting boards

foodie boards

 Neither plastic nor wood has been proven to be reliably more sanitary than the other material when it comes to cutting boards and because bacteria can reside on boards for many hours, many sources recommend using multiple cutting boards, designating each for an individual task to avoid the possibility of transferring bacteria from raw meats to veggies and other foods. A good scrub in hot soapy water or ... Read More »

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