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Quitting to bake

Have you ever considered, even for a moment, leaving your job to take one in the food industry? While career changes in and of themselves are nothing new, coverage of them is, thanks to food-focused blogs, tv networks and larger newspaper food sections. Stories about leaving a corporate job to take up cooking on the line or to open up a bakery seem downright common. ... Read More »

Rocky Road Bars

Chocolate, nuts and marshmallows are the only things you really need to put together a delicious rocky road – and I really have a soft spot for a good rocky road. My favorite rocky roads are ones that are simply loaded up with marshmallows.  Others prefer ones that are heavy on the nuts. And just about everyone wants plenty of chocolate in the mix. There aren’t too many ... Read More »

Back to the Family

Back to the Family by Art Smith

Back to the Family is a new cookbook by Art Smith, Oprah’s personal chef. A followup to his previous, bestselling work, Back to the Table, the book’s ongoing theme is that “food always tastes better with the ones you love” and that because family is one of the most important things in the world, we should take the time to get together with them. Food works ... Read More »

Homemade Bagels

bagel shaping how-to

It’ll be hard to go back to storebought bagels after these. These homemade bagels were simply delicious, and as though that were not enough, they were both easy and fun to make on top of that. They had a perfectly chewy crust and a tender/chewy inside that stood up well to butter and jam. The bagels also toasted perfectly – and in a bagel, that is just ... Read More »

Men are intimidated by grocery stores

Given that I usually see lots of men in the store whenever I am grocery shopping, I always assumed that the idea that men were intimidated by the grocery store to be a silly stereotype. But as with many stereotypes, this one turns out to be rooted in fact. Recent studies show that men are, in fact, overwhelmed by the grocery store. According to the ... Read More »

Foodie cutting boards

foodie boards

 Neither plastic nor wood has been proven to be reliably more sanitary than the other material when it comes to cutting boards and because bacteria can reside on boards for many hours, many sources recommend using multiple cutting boards, designating each for an individual task to avoid the possibility of transferring bacteria from raw meats to veggies and other foods. A good scrub in hot soapy water or ... Read More »

Chocolate therapy

choc therapy book

Are you a chocoholic? What would your dream job – a chocolate related one – be? Working as a chocolate-taster is one possibility that springs to mind, although crafting exotic truffles at a high-end chocolate shop sounds quite appealing as well. Julie Pech is a woman who just might have the most intriguing chocolate-related job of all. She is a chocolate therapist. There are many ... Read More »

How to make a root beer float

root beer float

 Although it was nothing in size compared to the record-setting Coke float, I guess you could say that I was just a little inspired by the giant ice cream soda because I decided to make myself a – much smaller – root beer float. Floats, and ones made with root beer in particular, pair perfectly with hot dogs, hamburgers and just about any other summer ... Read More »

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