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Make your own cookie cutters

Make your own cookie cutters

It’s not hard to find cookie cutters in just about any shape you might want to bake a cookie in. All you need to do is Google around until you find a webstore that carries your design of choice – and there are thousands out there. Now, if you want to head out to the store and pick up an unusual cookie cutter, or are ... Read More »

Orange, Raspberry and Pecan Bread

Rasperry and Pecan Loaf

Raspberries may not really be in season at the moment, but they’re always in season in my kitchen because I keep several bags of them in the freezer at all times. You never know when you’re going to want to make a raspberry sauce, defrost them and stir them into yogurt or oatmeal, or bake them into a quick bread for a tasty snack. Clearly, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

“Too much good stuff” should be the theme of today’s Bites, even thought I managed to narrow my list down from last week’s massive post. Food bloggers are clearly back in action after the New Year’s celebration and it looks like we have a good 2008 to look forward to – recipe-wise, at the very least. Food Beam has a great post up that guides you ... Read More »

Sneaky/Delicious cookbook lawsuit

sneaky or delicious

By now, you’ve probably heard something about the controversy between the cookbooks The Sneaky Chef and Deceptively Delicious, authored by Missy Chase Lapine and Jessica Seinfeld, respectively. If not, the short version of the story is that DD was released a few months after The Sneaky Chef to a huge amount of publicity (partially because Jessica is Jerry Seinfeld’s wife) and contained almost identical recipes ... Read More »

Frey Supreme Cinnamon & Blood Orange Chocolate, reviewed

Cinnamon & Blood Orange white chocolate

 Swiss chocolate maker Frey is known for some of their creative flavor combinations and overall great-tasting chocolate. I’ve always had good luck with the bars I’ve tried in the past, including the unusual Citron & Poivre (Lemon & Pepper). One of my favorites is actually the White Blueberry Chocolate, which is creamy (but not too sweet)_ white chocolate packed with blueberries. Encouraged by my previous success with ... Read More »

Bake-in-Pie Spatula

When I mentioned my new pie gate last week, commenter suzer pointed me over to another useful pie-baking accessory that I wasn’t really familiar with: the Bake-in-Pie Spatula. The spatula looks like a handle-less version of a regular pie spatula and is meant to be laid in the bottom of the pie dish before baking. Since the handle of the spatula extends over the edge of ... Read More »

Giant Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies - can't have too much milk

Those gigantic bakery-style chocolate chip cookies that are larger than your hand are always impressive. They promise the same buttery, sugary, chocolaty goodness of a small cookie, but in triplicate. Unfortunately, many of these cookies aren’t as good as the look, as the bakers/bakeries responsible figure that the fact that they can pack more chocolate chips into the cookie makes up for the fact that ... Read More »

The Joy of Vegan Baking

The Joy of Vegan Baking

“Vegan baking” is a phrase that strikes fear into the hearts of quite a few bakers. Not my heart, of course, but some hearts. This is because successful baking often relies on the properties of butter, milk and eggs to produce a good result – and you can’t use any of these when baking vegan. This doesn’t mean that you can’t make wonderful baked goods ... Read More »

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