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Get grilling for Labor Day

Labor Day weekend might be considered to be the end of the summer holiday season, but it sure doesn’t feel like summer is ready to go. In my neck of the woods, for example, the highs have been in the triple digits for over a week now and the nights haven’t offered much relief. I am lucky enough to have a cool kitchen with good ... Read More »

Apple Crumble Pie

apple crumble pie, sliced

Crumble-topped apple pies used to be my absolute favorite type of pie. When I was a little kid, I was even known to ask servers in a restaurants whether their pies were crumble-topped or not, and base my dessert decisions entirely on their answers. This all came to an end around the time that I first had a traditionalĀ apple pie with a really great crust. ... Read More »

Consumer Reports tests non-sugar sweeteners

The new October issue of Consumer Reports has all the details on a test that the magazine did of non-sugar sweeteners in baked goods, like cookies and cakes. Their test focused on low or reduced-calorie artificial sweeteners, and included Domino Pure D’Lite Sugar Blend, Splenda Sugar Blend for Baking, Splenda Brown Sugar Blend, Equal Granular and Estee Fructose. Fructose, which is the type of sugar ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Coffee Hershey’s Kisses, reviewed

coffee kisses bag

Regular readers will probably know by now that I love coffee (and coffee cakes, though that’s really a whole ‘nother issue). Not only do I drink quite a lot of coffee and incorporate it into recipes, but I also find it difficult to pass by a coffee-flavored candy without giving it a try. My most recent acquisition in this department was a bag of the ... Read More »

Roll and Store Pin

I’m trying to resist a pun about being on a roll today, as I couldn’t resist mentioning yet another interesting rolling pin. The Roll & Store Pin is a rolling pin with removable handles and a clear, hollow center that can be used to store cookie cutters. The pin comes with a variety of round cutters, including a star, a bunny rabbit, a heart, a ... Read More »

A very cool rolling pin

If I’m going to bake on a hot day, I’m probably going to choose to make something that isn’t particularly heat-sensitive. This means thatĀ pastries and other baked goods that involve cutting butter into a flour mixture and rolling out the dough are almost always out of the question; you have to work very quickly to keep the butter in the dough cool and solid while ... Read More »

Light Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse presentation

Mousses are wonderful summertime desserts. They are light, require no (or minimal) cooking and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to be served – and it is certainly hard to resist a cool dessert on a hot night. Chocolate mousse has to be one of the most popular mousses out there, and a rich, velvety chocolate mousse is the ideal dessert ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Ready for a quick look at some of the other recipes I’ve been checking out in the blogosphere this week? Kitchen Mage has some wonderful looking Leftover Oatmeal Bread that incorporates – you guessed it – leftover oatmeal, although you can use leftover cooked rice or other cereals, as well. I’ve done a similar loaf in the past, but hers looks outstanding. The Dark ChocolateTruffle ... Read More »

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