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Mocha Tiramisu

tiramisu

Some desserts are classics and never get taken off the menu, year after year. Other desserts follow trends, going in and out of style and from being everywhere to nowhere in the blink of an eye. The classics get passed over for trendier desserts with regularity since many diners know that the classic will be good and can’t resist the novelty and the potential of ... Read More »

SideSwipe mixer blade

sideswipe mixer

Stand mixers are great kitchen tools, especially if you frequently make large batches of recipes and can use the break from stirring cookie dough, kneading bread and other high-intensity mixing activities. Unfortunately, a stand mixer isn’t good at everything and there are two very similar places in which it fails to work perfectly. The first is in mixing very small batches, as the blades of ... Read More »

Virtual cooking with a Wii

Cooking Mama Cook Off

There have always been food, cooking and restaurant related video games available. Cake Mania is a very popular computer game where you run your own bakery. The (terrifying) Burger King King stars in a series and, several years back, I had a restaurant tycoon game that allowed you to digitally become a top restaurateur. Most foodie games are entertaining, but none really have all that ... Read More »

Pie Gate

Not to be confused with any similarly-named political or real estate scandals, the Pie Gate is a neat little kitchen gadget that is a great item to have on hand if pies and tarts are on your favorite desserts list. It simpy unfolds and can be inserted into a pie plate where it will sit right up against the side of the pie. From here, ... Read More »

Meat Lasagna

lasagna, in the oven

 You can’t really go wrong with a cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen. Even if their personal preferences aren’t quite identical to yours, the recipes are practally fail-safe and they are very, very well thought out. One of my current – or perhaps I should say “still” as the book has been around for a couple of years - ATK favorites is Here in America’s Test Kitchen because ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Happy New Year, everyone! After skipping last week to give myself a little bit of holiday time off, I have quite the backlog of Bites to get through this week. Nothing like a few ideas to kick off baking in the new year, right? Working Woman Food gets the award for the candy with the strangest name. Shaggy Dogs are fast and easy, basically rocky ... Read More »

ChefDb

chefdb

There are many resturant review sites online, perhaps more than you could ever actually use when you try to consider the number of blogs, bulletin boards, wikis, newspaper reviews and just plain old review websites out there. When taken together, there is probably a pretty comprehensive restaurant listing available online. There is not, however, a comprehensive chef listing – or wasn’t, until now. ChefDb is ... Read More »

How to make a moist cake

  “So, what kind of cake does he want for his birthday?”   “Hang on, I’ll ask…. He says he wants a ‘moist’ cake.”   Pause while I process this. “Like a pudding cake?”   “No. Just a moist cake.”   “A moist cake. As in a cake that isn’t dried out?”   “Yes.”   “When I said ‘what kind of cake’ I actually wanted ... Read More »

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