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How to add fruit to pancakes

Pancakes with berries

Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off breakfast, but getting the fruit inside the pancakes can be surprisingly difficult. Stirring the berries into the batter seems like the best way to combine the two elements, though stirring can cause berries to burst and discolor the batter. Discoloration only gets worse when you use frozen berries, which don’t need to pop before they start ... Read More »

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Cake

It’s nice to have some kind of pumpkin dessert out around Thanksgiving. Pumpkin pie may be the most popular, or at least the most prevalent, but it’s not the only way to enjoy the flavor of pumpkin. This pumpkin chiffon cake is one of my favorite alternatives to pumpkin pie. It is light and airy, as chiffon cakes get a lot of their lift from ... Read More »

Soup and Cracker Mug

Soup and Cracker Mug

I often have soup in a large coffee mug when I’m eating by myself. I do it partially because I like how easy the handle makes it to hold the soup, but primarily because it’s very convenient to fill the mug up and stick it in the microwave. If I have bread or crackers with the soup, I usually stick them on a separate plate. ... Read More »

Easy French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I like to make soup frequently in the winter. Not only is it warm and comforting, but it also gives me an extra outlet for freshly-baked breads, since just about every soup is better with a bit of bread dipped into it. French onion soup is one soup that bread is essential to because the traditional way to finish off the soup is with a ... Read More »

The best frozen apple pie and key lime pie

cr's frozen pies

Sometimes there just isn’t time to bake a pie from scratch during the holidays. Company is coming, your family is traveling, or you’ve cooked so much other stuff that you’re simply not interested in starting another project. At times like this, you can buy a pie or other dessert from a favorite bakery, or you can buy¬† frozen pie and stick it in the oven ... Read More »

Coffee Cake Pancakes

Coffee Cake Streusel

A good streusel topping is hard to resist. It’s one of the things that makes coffee cakes so popular, and can turn a good muffin into a great one – or at least turn it into one that looks a little more decadent. I’m sure that this is what IHOP was banking on when they introduced some “limited time only” Coffee Cake Pancakes to their ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If you didn’t see enough candy to last for a while after Halloween, you might want to take a peek at Swirl and Scramble‘s Nutmeg & Orange Praline Truffles. These truffles are loaded with orange, nutmeg and crispy praline, and are dipped in a coating of dark chocolate that gives a firm shell to the creamy centerpiece. These are a far cry from single-serving candy ... Read More »

What is gluten?

homemade baguette

The word “gluten” is probably so well know these days because we are all so much more aware of people with gluten intolerances and products that are gluten free. Of course, this doesn’t really describe what gluten is. Gluten is protein in wheat flour and some other cereal grains. Gluten is elastic, and when combined with water, the proteins first come together in long strings. ... Read More »

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