Old Mother Mallard’s Delicious Golden Brown Waffles

Donald Duck vs. waffle batter

I used to love watching Disney cartoons as a kid and Donald Duck’s were always my favorite. Things always went awry for Donald, no matter what activity he was participating in. One of my favorite Donald cartoons (perhaps a predictor for things to come) involved cooking. It’s a 1941 cartoon called Chef Donald. Donald is sitting at home putting together his book of recipe clippings ... Read More »

Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day

When I was very little, I thought that the best meal in the world was breakfast in bed. I imagine that some children’s book put the idea into my head because I can’t recall a single time that I actually ate breakfast in bed – not until I was an adult and could orchestrate it myself, anyway. So when Mother’s Day rolled around, I always ... Read More »

What is browned butter?

melting butter

Browned butter is pretty much what it sounds like: butter that has been cooked until it is brown. The slightly more formal name for this is “beurre noisette,” or hazelnut butter – a double reference to the light brown color of the cooked butter and the lovely nutty flavor that it acquires during the cooking process. If you’ve ever cooked with butter, using it to ... Read More »

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Mother’s Day is this weekend and, while I already put together a gift guide to provide some ideas for Mom, we’re coming down to the wire and I know that not everyone has done their shopping. Fortunately, there are plenty of great last minute ideas out there – and this is one of them. The Adjust-A-Measure Set is a three-piece set of measuring tools that ... Read More »

Coconut Lemon Curd Scrolls

Coconut Lemon Scrolls

Classic, buttery scones are delicious when served with a side of lemon curd and these breakfast pastry scrolls are a takeoff on that favorite. The scrolls start with a tender, butter-rich dough that is rolled out and spread with lemon curd and sweetened, shredded coconut. Rolled up and baked, the finished pastries are kind of like the cinnamon bun version of a scone – only, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Sometimes you have to be a little creative when you’re giving a recipe a title, whether you’re embelishing with an adjective or taking care to mention a special ingredient. You can’t just call everything “cake” or “cookie” – not if you want to tempt other people into trying the recipe! A whisk and a spoon had to shorten the name of her Rhubarb-filled yogurt cupcakes ... Read More »

Real Vanilla Bean Buttercream

Real Vanilla Bean Buttercream

When it comes to topping off a cake or some cupcakes, there is frosting and then there is frosting. Buttercream is the classic cake topper. There are two ways to make it: a shortcut uncooked way and a slower cooked way. I usually opt for the quick-fix way to make it, creaming together butter and confectioners sugar with a bit of flavoring. That method is ... Read More »

Daisy Cupcake Pan

Back around Valentine’s Day, Williams-Sonoma was promoting a fantastic little pan that produced cupcakes and muffins with heart-shaped crowns. The trick to that pan was a shallow, heart-shaped depression in the pan’s surface around each of the muffin cavities. When the cups were filled up to the top, the batter would spread as they baked and form a heart top. As much as I liked ... Read More »

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