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The Patisseries of Paris

The Patisseries of Paris

At one point in time, you could only find very basic travel guide books and most of them covered a wide area. These days, there are more guidebooks available than ever before and they have become increasingly specialized, focusing on cities, neighborhoods, interests and even food. This is great for travelers streamline a trip and see what they want to see. The Patisseries of Paris: ... Read More »

Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Olive Oil Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is a creamy emulsion of vegetable oil, egg yolks, lemon juice and/or vinegar and seasonings, like salt or mustard. An emulsion is unique because the elements of an emulsion don’t necessarily want to come together smoothly on their own and need a little encouragement to become a silky smooth mixture, like mayonnaise. The trick really is to beat the ingredients at a very high ... Read More »

Thai Coffee Creme Caramel

Thai Coffee Creme Caramel

I am a big fan of Thai coffee and Thai iced tea. The iced tea, which is regular iced tea sweetened with [usually a lot] of sweetened condensed milk, is probably a bit more common than the coffee version, but the coffee is made the same way, with sweetened condensed milk. The milk is thick and very sweet, with rich caramel flavor to it, and ... Read More »

Pizza Sticks Pan

Pizza Sticks Pan

This Pizza Sticks Pan is a new offering from Williams-Sonoma, a specialty pan that makes five long, thin mini pizzas. The pan comes with a specially shaped cutter that slices pizza dough into the right shape before putting it into the indentations in the pan. The pizzas can then be topped individually, making it a little easier to customize the toppings than the usual pizza-making ... Read More »

How to make graham cracker crumbs

How to make graham cracker crumbs

A graham cracker crust is one of the easiest crust options for making a pie. There is no rolling out dough, nor do you even have to cut butter into flour! If you buy the crust, it’s even easier. Storebought graham cracker crusts are reliable and usually taste pretty good; I always have one on hand for easy pie baking (they’re great for key lime). ... Read More »

Brownie Pop Mold

The cupcake cake pops made so popular by Bakerella are made by crumbling up a cake, mixing it with frosting and shaping it into balls, to be stuck on popsicle-type sticks and decorated. They’re adorable and, although they’re a lot of hands-on work, they’re fun to make. These are the first things that I thought of when I saw Wilton’s new Brownie Pop Mold. The ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Drop cookies, made of dough that is casually shaped into a ball and dropped onto a cookie sheet, are not always the most attention-getting cookies. I think that they’re probably the most often made type of cookie, since they are very quick and easy when compared to cut-out cookies, but they don’t hold a candle to the cutouts when it comes to presentation. That being ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I have a slight bias towards tall, layered cakes for birthdays, but Dessert First‘s Jasmine Chocolate Cakes make for a very elegant birthday cake, too. The cakes have a layer of chocolate cake as their base and are topped with a layer of gelatin-stabilized, jasmine tea-infused cream. In between the two primary layers is a thin one of feuilletine, a very thin and crispy cookie-like ... Read More »

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