Letters and Number Cake Pan

Alphabet/Number Cake Pan

It’s not that difficult to carve a cake if you have a couple of sharp knives around to help you trim off the corners of a rectangular cake and curve it into the shape you want. The scraps make a nice snack for the decorator, but all things considered, carving tends to waste quite a bit of cake. The solution to the problem is to ... Read More »

How to toast coconut

Toasting coconut

Shredded coconut is an ingredient that is packed with possibilities, both in terms of texture and flavor. Raw shredded coconut, whether you prefer sweetened or unsweetened, has a sweet coconut taste and a chewy texture. Toasted coconut still has the same basic flavor, but it also has a caramelized nuttiness and a crisp-chewy texture that raw doesn’t offer. It’s easy to toast coconut at home ... Read More »

Lemon Torte

Lemon Torte

A torte is a type of rich cake that is made with little or no flour, instead replacing it with ground nuts or something similar. Tortes can be sliced and layered with frosting or jam, but I like them best as simple, single-layer cakes. They’re easy to make, satisfying to eat and are the kind of cake that keeps well for several days – meaning ... Read More »

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook

Some say that a cast iron skillet is the only piece of cookware that they really need in order to cook all of their favorite foods. It works on the stove top, in the oven, outdoors over an open flame and, as long as it is not unusually shallow, can even be used to boil water. While I personally appreciate the fact that I have ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars, close up

One of the easiest sweet treats to make is a rice krispy treat. The basic recipe has only three ingredients – marshmallows, rice krispies (or other puffed rice cereal) and butter – and takes only a couple of minutes to mix together. As a marshmallow fan, I like them plain, but as a fan of easy to make treats, I appreciate how versatile these bars ... Read More »

Garlic Soft Pretzels

Garlic Salt Pretzel

Plain, salt-topped soft pretzels are one of the best snacks out there. They’re a great combination of chewy, crispy and salty – and they’re actually very easy to make at home. As good as they are when plain, however, it’s also easy to see them as a blank canvas for all kinds of other toppings. Much like a plain pizza, it can really be customized ... Read More »

44th Pillsbury Bake-off open to entries

Pillsbury just opened to entries for their 44th Pillsbury Bake-off! The cooking contest is one where home cooks can submit their recipes in one of four categories for a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million dollars. It’s the biggest cooking contest in the country and one of the longest running, as this year marks the contest’s 60th anniversary. The first Bake-Off was ... Read More »

White Gold Honey, reviewed

White Gold Honey

Different types of honey have different colors, flavors and consistencies depending on what flowers the bees visited to produce that honey. Clover honey, for instance, has a fairly neutral floral flavor that is often associated with “plain” honey. Orange blossom honey, on the other hand, definitely has citrus notes to it. It’s easy to differentiate the two, even though they are similar in appearance. The ... Read More »

Scroll To Top