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Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

Summer BBQ USB Drives

It’s always handy to have an external memory source on hand when you do a lot of work on the computer, and there is no reason that that memory source needs to be dull or plain. I’ve mentioned Freshly Baked USBs before, which are portable USB memory sticks that are shaped like tiny baked goods. Even better than that batch – especially with the summer ... Read More »

Chocolate Custards

Chocolate Custards

I have an easy time using up extra egg whites when I have them because I have a general affinity for egg white heavy desserts (not to mention high protein egg white omeletes for breakfast!). Angel food cakes, pavlova, macaroons… the list goes on. I have a much harder time using up egg yolks, especially when I have a lot of them to contend with. ... Read More »

Sydney Food

Sydney Food

Sydney Food isn’t a new cookbook, but it is one that has a special place in on my cookbook shelf and I decided to bring it up because I recently recovered my long-misplaced copy from the back of not often used bookcase. The cookbook is by Australian chef Bill Granger, who is known for creating dishes that are seasonal, simple and full of flavor. I ... Read More »

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

In Berkeley, this drink is know as a Mocha Bianca, and I’m willing to bet it’s one of the more popular coffee drinks enjoyed on and around the UC Berkeley campus. Outside of Berkeley, coffee chains and independent coffee shops alike tend to call this drink a White Chocolate Mocha. No matter what you call it, it’s a tasty and simple drink to make. A ... Read More »

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Fresh Strawberry Frozen Yogurt, coned

Almost every shop that sells frozen yogurt is now offering “tart” yogurt, which is little more than yogurt-flavored yogurt, complete with the tang of the real thing. I like it, but not as much as I like regular yogurt or my homemade frozen yogurt, which uses a base of tangy Greek-style yogurt that is lightened with beaten egg whites. The tartness of the commercial frozen ... Read More »

Kake Kut’rs

Kake Kut'rs

The cake cutter that I used most often is a big, serrated knife – and I admit that it’s not exactly a cake cutter, but more of a general purpose kitchen tool. Sometimes I use a spatula to slide a cut piece of cake away from the rest. Mostly, I use the flat side of the knife to balance the cake before transferring it to ... Read More »

What is a ramekin?

ramekins

Ramekins are one of the few baking dishes that actually have their own name, setting them apart from generic sounding “cake pans” and “baking dishes.” Ramekins are small, cylindrical dishes that are used for baking individually-sized dishes. They are ideal for baking small souffles, as their straight sides make it easy for an egg white-based souffle mixture to rise up the sides of the dish ... Read More »

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