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The Best 30-Minute Recipe

The Best 30-Minute Recipe

It’s no wonder that the idea of a 30-minute meal is so popular. No matter how much we like to cook and how much time we’re willing to spend in the kitchen working on a perfect dish, there will always be times when something quick and simple is what sounds the most appealing. Unfortunately, somewhere along the line, a quick meal became synonymous with a ... Read More »

Coconut Shortbread

coconut shortbread fingers

I find that there are generally two types of shortbread cookies: thin, crispy ones and thick, buttery ones (A third type of shortbread cookies would be the “bad” ones, but I won’t even get into those – who wants to hear about bad cookies when you can hear about good ones?). I like both and while I am partial to the crispness of the thinner ... Read More »

Tips for getting sprinkles to stick

Butter and sugar cookies are natural vehicles for sprinkles, as the pale blonde cookies often look better when they are dressed up in some way. It is not always easy to get sprinkles to adhere to the cookie, especially if you would rather use something like chocolate jimmies or rainbow nonpareils, rather than just plain old colored sugars. Last month’s Cook’s Illustrated offered a great ... Read More »

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination – great combination, in fact – which is precisely why there are so many peanut butter and chocolate confections out there. But commercial availability has never stopped me from putting together a homemade version of a favorite treat before, so when I saw a recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter candies on on Bittersweet, I knew I ... Read More »

Dress up your gingerbread cookies

gingerbread man with santa hat

Need an idea for decorating your gingerbread cookies this year? Whether you’re making them for the gingerbread cookie contest or just baking a batch to serve to your family, it never hurts to have a few original ideas to keep the look of the cookies fresh year after year. I dressed up this batch like paper dolls – edible paper dolls. When I was rolling ... Read More »

Foodie Gift: Chef’s Quad-Timer

Quad-Timer

I have two timers in my kitchen that I use regularly – my oven timer and a portable digital timer – and I probably use both of them every day. For both cooking and baking, it’s really imperative to have a good timer in the kitchen. It’s possible to do both without the aid of a timer, just glancing at the clock from time to ... Read More »

Cherry Garcia Biscotti

cherry garcia biscotti

Cherry Garcia is a flavor of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that was developed as a kind of tribute to Jerry Garcia, but it is so popular (it is the brand’s top selling flavor) that at this point the name can almost act as a stand in for anything with bing cherries and chocolate chunks and people will know exactly what flavors they’re going to ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

It is rapidly becoming cliche for me to say that there were so many good looking recipes out there this week that it was hard for me to narrow my favorites down to just a few links. But cliches are cliches for a reason and I wouldn’t bother to use the same phrase over and over if it weren’t true. On to the recipes: I ... Read More »

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