Buttermilk Pancakes with Nectarines

Buttermilk Pancakes with Nectarines... and maple syrup

Plain buttermilk pancakes are probably one of my favorite things to have for a lazy weekend breakfast. They’re reliably good on their own – especially when topped with maple syrup – but are also open to a wide variety of variations. Blueberries and chocolate chips are pretty standard add-ins and since they’re so good, it is easy to fall into a rut. I know because I caught ... Read More »

Agave Muffins with Apricots and Candied Ginger

Sugar is – and probably always will be – my go-to sweetener for anything I bake. Call me traditional, but sugar plays a big role in the chemistry of baking and for most things (since I, very fortunately, do not have any dietary restrictions that force me to look elsewhere) I am more than happy to use it. But just because I love sugar doesn’t ... Read More »

How do you know when bread is done baking?

baked loaf of sourdough

With cakes and muffins, it is easy to stick a toothpick into the top to check for doneness, or to simply touch the top of the cake with a fingertip and see if it has set and springs back into place. With cookies, you can usually tell just by looking at them, and if you can’t, you can again touch an edge to see if ... Read More »

Decorative cupcake wrappers?

It’s easy to compulsively buy cute cupcake and muffin papers when you see them in the baking aisle. You go through a package with every batch or two of cupcakes you bake, so you’re never really overloaded with them, and the seasonal ones make baked goods look oh-so-festive. I use them about three-quarters of the time, as while they make the cupcakes easy to handle, sometimes I just ... Read More »

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer for Tempering Chocolate

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer

The most important thermometer you can have in your kitchen is an oven thermometer, as if your oven isn’t accurate you’re not going to get a whole lot of cooking and baking done. Following that, meat thermometers and candy thermometers are also very helpful. I use meat thermometers both for meat and for testing the internal temperature of baked bread. Candy thermometers I use for ... Read More »

Cosmos Caramel Corn, reviewed

Caramel is one of my favorite things, so it’s probably no surprise to hear that I really like caramel corn. I’ve had all kinds, from Cracker Jacks to gourmet and homemade varieties, but I have to say that Cosmos Caramel Corn is the strangest I’ve ever eaten. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me say that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Cosmos ... Read More »

Baked Rice Pudding

Baked Rice Pudding

 Rice pudding is comfort food, no question about it. Sweet and creamy, it’s a relatively substantial custard dish made thick with rice and (usually) studded with juicy raisins. I usually make mine on the stovetop, starting either with leftover rice or with uncooked rice, depending on what is available to me at the moment. I’ve even turned stove-cooked rice pudding into ice cream before. While I like ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I don’t remember how old I was when I first saw a Yin-Yang sign, but I do remember that I immediately fell in love with the design. So, of course, I was taken with the Yin-Yang Cookies that I Shot The Chef made in honor of Chinese New Year. The cookies are made of vanilla and chocolate doughs that are molded together – in perfect ... Read More »

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