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Nutella Scrolls

nutella scrolls

The only problem with breakfast pastries is that they tend to take a while to prepare, so “breakfast” will often turn into “brunch” or later if you don’t start your prep well in advance. This is why pancakes and muffins tend to be the fall backs of the home cook, rather than croissants and danishes. It is also why I love having an easy, non-yeast recipe ... Read More »

Mathematical formula for a perfect bacon sandwich

bacon on sandwich

Did you know that there is actually a mathematical formula for creating the perfect bacon sandwich? I’ve never used a formula for any sandwich, so clearly the few I have made must have been less-than-perfect. The perfect sandwich took researchers at Leeds University over 1,000 hours of experimentation to find, using “different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, types of oil and a range ... Read More »

Travel break!

I am heading out on vacation for the next week and a half and – shockingly – am going somewhere where I will not have internet access! This means that I won’t be able to answer your comments or e-mails during this time. In fact, I will be disabling comments to keep the spammers at bay while I am gone. But don’t worry too much. ... Read More »

Where to find old cookbooks

A few weeks ago, when we all discussed our favorite first cookbooks, I was tempted to track down some of the favorites that you all suggested. The thing that put me off for the moment is the fact that it can be difficult to find copies of old, out-of-print cookbooks, especially if you’re looking for a specific book. In the past, I’ve had great luck ... Read More »

Trendy today, gone tomorrow

brand logos

Teens seem to be notoriously choosy in their pursuit of “cool,” switching from brand to brand at what seems like the drop of a hat when, only days before, they were swearing their preference for one over the other. The behavior is apparent to the casual observer and is mostly found around things like clothing, electronics and other similar types of products, but can be ... Read More »

Culinary brewing

pizza beer

Beer isn’t normally one of my top choices for a post, although it might get a mention here and there as a good choice of beverage to accompany a certain dish, but because pizza has gotten a few mentions I thought I would bring up the subject of pizza beer. As the name suggests, pizza beer is a combination of the two products: pizza-flavored beer. The reddish-brown ... Read More »

Cookies n’ Cream Pudding Pops

oreo pudding pop

 I have always been a fan of cookies n’ cream ice cream, where chunks of chocolate, oreo-type cookies are blended into a creamy base. When I have a couple extra cookies on hand and a batch of ice cream or frozen yogurt that needs spicing up, I’ll often chop them up and throw them into the mix. This time I was making a batch of ... Read More »

10 foods you need in your kitchen… for baking

baking in progress

Having received some good advice about the 10 staple foods you need in your kitchen from a health/convenience perspective, we can now turn with fairly well-stocked pantries to more important topics, like baking. Did you notice that those ingredients, with the possible exception of oatmeal, were not geared towards stocking a kitchen for someone who likes to bake? Here are 10 of the top staple foods you ... Read More »

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