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Feta and Tomato Focaccia

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A large container of fresh heirloom tomatoes and a block of feta cheese can be combined into many things, though I’d be willing to bet that more often than not, they end up in some kind of salad or pasta dish. Tomatoes, cucumber and feta is a classic combination that makes a side dish to match just about any meal. The delicious combination of feta ... Read More »

Piping tips and techniques

piping tips

Learning to pipe rosettes and elaborate borders on cakes is challenging. The techniques are not necessarily intuitive because not only do they require a steady hand moving in a specific pattern, but they require a detailed knowledge of the various tips available in a cake decorating kit to produce the dots, shells, lace and flowers. Once you get the hang of it all, decorating an ... Read More »

Best light (non-homemade) frozen desserts

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Ice creams are some of the most populardesserts in the country, with annual sales in the billions. To be more specific ice creams and frozen novelties are popular. Something along the lines of 35% of the frozen dessert market is made up of low fat/low cal ice creams, as well as gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt and water ice. Frozen yogurt and gelato are at the ... Read More »

How to make Vanilla Sugar

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One of the tastiest things you can keep in your kitchen is vanilla sugar. With the sweetness of sugar and the flavor of vanilla, it is good on oatmeal, on fruit and is delicious in tea. It is even better when substituted for plain sugar in baked goods, because almost every single one – with the possible exception of some savory items – can benefit ... Read More »

Finding the perfect burger

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Burgers were big in the major food sections this week as everyone gears up for the summer, which is widely regarded as prime burger season. The NY Times recommended grinding your own meat for the best burger (it can be done in a food processor). The Washington Post likes their burgers a little thinner and leaner. Epicurious likes red-leaf lettuce on theirs and iFoods has an instructional video ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf

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Earlier this year, I tried a recipe for a fat free pumpkin pound cake from Fast Food Fix, a book that specializes in making low-fat or fat free versions of restaurant favorites. The pound cake was tasty, but had one major flaw: it tasted a bit rubbery after the first day. At the time, I covered this up by toasting it, but the problem is ... Read More »

A grill for minimalists

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 If the golden grillwas a bit over the top for your tastes (or your wallet, with it’s $12,000 price tag!), there are many alternative grills. I’d recommend something in the midrange, both in terms of size and price, for the average griller who wants to tackle great burgers, steak, chicken, veggies and the occasional grilled pizza. But if you are interested in the polar opposite of the blinged-out ... Read More »

Do I need to rotate cakes while baking?

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Occasionally when baking, you may find yourself with a lack of oven space. Smaller than standard ovens pose little problem for most breads and cookies - assuming that they give you the full temperature range of a regular oven - but can pose a challenge for cake-bakers, especially if you want to bake a layer cake. Most standard sized ovens give you enough shelf space that you can ... Read More »

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