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Baileys Raspberries

boozy, sugary berries

There are an unlimited number of dessert toppings out there to choose as a finishing touch for your scoop of ice cream or piece of cake, especially as more and more restaurants (and recipe-writers) are experimenting with combinations of salty and sweet things. But there is one thing that tends to shift the scales in the dessert-topping war: booze. Ok – I’ll admit that I ... Read More »

Black is the new… black, in food coloring

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How often do you reach for food coloring and what colors do you use? Most of my food colorings go into icings for cakes and cookies, with some going into the cakesthemselves. I tend to stick with the red, yellow, green and blue colors that come standard in boxes of food coloring, or dilute them slightly for shades of pink, orange and purple. I don’t ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

unbaked pretzels

It’s hard to resist a hot soft pretzel, fresh from the oven and smelling of yeast, salt and – depending on how indulgent you’re feeling – butter. Soft pretzels are a staple of mall food courts, sports stadiums and theme parks, but are far less commonly seen at home. Fortunately, they’re quite easy to make and definitely worth the effort. My plain soft pretzels are ... Read More »

How to “Get ‘Em Girl’s”

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I’m not sure how to take The Official Get ‘Em Girl’s Guide. The cookbook “has the stated goal of uplifting women by helping them use food to get the man of their dreams.” It contains enough tips to get even rank beginners through the preparation of a heavy – by which I mean unhealthy – comfort food-type meal, which (of course) is exactly the type of ... Read More »

James Beard Award 2007 winners announced

The James Beard Awards annually recognize excellence in the food industry, honoring cookbooks, chefs, journalists, big-name restaurants and even small, local restaurants. The 2007 winners have just been announced and include: Best Newspaper Food Section: The San Francisco Chronicle Best Website Focusing on Food: Leite’s Culinaria Cookbook Hall of Fame: The Moosewood Cookbook Cookbook of the Year: The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook Outstanding Restaurant of the ... Read More »

Sprinkles supports schools with cupcakes

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Homemade my be my personal preference, but Sprinkles definitely has a large and loyal fanbase that loves their cupcakes. If you’re a fan and looking for a reason to splurge on a few, you might want to drop by a Sprinkles store today because, in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8th, apparently), Sprinkles is offering a Sprinkles for Schools box. $5 from the purchase of ... Read More »

Naming controversy over novelty baked goods

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Flipping open a nearby cookie book, I see that it contains recipes for “Mother Lode Brownies” and “Sweetie Pies.” My recipe index lists Monkey Bars, a Raspberry Chocolate Mink and Dirt Cups (pictured). The thing that all of these recipes have in common is that the name is not indicative of what, precisely, the dessert is. “Mother Lode Brownies” contain no gold, and the Raspberry Minks are entirely ... Read More »

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

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Subtly lemony, with a drizzle of lemon icing on top, these angel food cupcakes have just the right balance of flavor and lightness to make them sweetly satisfying without weighing you down, as a heavier dessert might do. And, as an added bonus, they’ll put a smile on your face if you can track down some cute cupcake wrappers to use when you bake them ... Read More »

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