How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science

You’ve probably heard it said that baking is a science. It’s true. It works like this: multiple ingredients get mixed together, heat is (usually) applied and a few chemical reactions later you have something truly delicious to eat – as long as you did everything right. How Baking Works: Exploring the Fundamentals of Baking Science is a book that tells you everything you need to ... Read More »

Pistachio Cherry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Pistachio Cherry Oatmeal Cookie Bars

From lemon meringue bars to brownies to s’mores, tray bakes – a blanket term for all kinds of bar cookies and fruit slices – are really very versatile. You can use a crust to create a layered bar or a tart-like fruit treat, or use a single batter to make brownies or blondies. I’m a bit partial to cookie bars in particular for a couple ... Read More »

Sweet earrings for foodies


Diamonds, gold and other precious things might be the most typical choices for jewelry, especially if you’re looking to pick out a gift. But when it comes down to it, sometime pricey certainly isn’t the only option and sometimes having fun with your jewelry can be just as satisfying. In this case (since this isn’t exactly a fashion blog), I’m talking about foodie-friendly, sweets themed ... Read More »

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

I probably should have posted this back for St. Patrick’s Day, but I really don’t think that Irish coffee should only be a once-a-year treat. The drink is so tasty that, while it might be best for special occasions, it is certainly worthy of more than just a single holiday. Irish coffee is the label applied to hot coffee that is enhanced with a shot ... Read More »

Difference between almond meal and almond paste

almond paste vs. almond meal

Almond paste and almond meal are two ingredients that are quite easy to confuse – especially when you haven’t worked with either one before. Both products start with ground almonds. Almond meal, which is also called almond flour, is made with nothing more than finely ground almonds. Technically, almond meal is really only made with almonds leftover from the almond oil extraction process and because ... Read More »

Buttermilk Spoon Bread

Buttermilk Spoon Bread, in progress

Spoon bread is a classically Southern dish that you probably won’t find just anywhere. The best way to describe it is to say that it is a hybrid of polenta, cornbread and a souffle – and that only partially describes it. A good spoon bread should be light, have an at least slightly custardy center and a crisp top. And it should be soft/tender enough ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Charlotte Russe isn’t as trendy as it once was, but it is still as beautiful as it ever was. The dessert starts with a mold lined with ladyfingers and/or sponge cake, which is then filled with layers of custard, whipped cream, fruit and sometimes gelatin. Foodie Bride‘s version, an Not Derby Pie used buckwheat flour as the base for some Nibbly Buckwheat Butter Cookie. The ... Read More »

The Kitchen Sync Cookbook

Kitchen Sync Cookbook

I love all of my cookbooks and use them often. But these days, more often than ever before, I’m looking for recipes (or recipe inspiration) online, too. Cookbooks are easy to take into the kitchen. Computers – even laptops – are somewhat less so. The problem is not gaining access to the recipe, but handling the book/laptop while you’re trying to handle various ingredients and ... Read More »

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