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EatSmart Nutrition Scale, reviewed

There are lots of good reasons to have a kitchen scale at home. The biggest reason is that they are far more accurate than just about any other means of measuring, especially when it comes to dry ingredients that are measured by cups for most US recipes. A cup full of flour can actually be two very different amounts, if one measure has been sifted ... Read More »

What is lemon zest?

Zested lemon

One of the easiest ways to infuse a citrus flavor into a baked good of some kind is to add lemon, lime or orange zest to it.  Zest is not the same thing as the peel, or rind, of a lemon, although it is a part of the peel. The zest is the colorful outer layer of the citrus peel. The soft, white part of ... Read More »

Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Chocolate Frosting

Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Chocolate Frosting

Coconut layer cakes are often towering white pastries, generously coated with shredded coconut so that they resemble an earth-bound cloud. The filling between the cake layers is usually lemon, and the frosting is a fluffy vanilla-tinged affair. Classic coconut cakes are delicious, but limiting. Coconut is an ingredient that pairs well with so many flavors that there is no reason not to divert from this ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If you’re looking for a new Easter tradition to add to your menu this year, you might try the Swiss Rice Tart at Rosa’s Yummy Yums. As you might expect from the name, this dish is popular in Switzerland and consists of a rice and almond custard baked in a tart shell. It’s a bit like baked rice pudding, except that the rice is pureed ... Read More »

Line a cake pan with parchment paper

When I bake brownies or bar cookies, I frequently line the baking dish with lightly greased aluminum foil. It saves me time on cleanup, and it is very easy to simply lift the whole batch out of the pan when I’m ready to slice it. But when I bake cakes, I prefer to use parchment paper because I need to remove the cake from the ... Read More »

Pull Apart Bunny Cakes

Nothing says “Easter” quite like dissecting a rabbit piece by piece. Of course, I’m referring to chocolate rabbits! They’re staples of the season and even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, it’s hard to pass up the terrific deals on bunny-shaped chocolates that crop up during Easter season. Chocolate bunnies aren’t the only rabbit-themed Easter choices, however. You can also opt for Pull Apart Bunny ... Read More »

By Cracky Bars

By Cracky Bars

“By cracky!” is one of those great, old-timey phrases that you don’t hear too much any more. Although if you have some older relatives it might come out once in a while in place of “by golly” or “by gosh” (or some similar euphemism). And, you might start hearing it around the kitchen if you add these to your repertoire because they’re By Cracky Bars! ... Read More »

The New York Times Dessert Cookbook

When the food sections run in the newspapers every week, I usually skim through them to see if any recipes catch my eye before going back and reading through the articles. Naturally, baking and dessert recipes tend to catch my eye more than others. The problem with collecting newspaper recipes is that they are very hard to organize. This is true even if you have ... Read More »

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