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Big Fat Cookies

Homebaked cookies generally tend to come in one size, as the average recipe calls for dough to be shaped into rounded tablespoonfuls when dropped on the baking sheet to produce a cookie that is about 2 1/2 inches across. Cookies sold in coffee shops and bakeries tend to be much larger and much more visually impressive, but dropping triple the amount of dough onto your ... Read More »

Lemon Meringue Bars

Lemon Meringue Bars

Quick, name some lemon desserts. Were lemon bars and lemon meringue pie on your list? While lemon does well in many, many different desserts (not to mention in lots of savory dishes), lemon bars and lemon meringue pie must be two of the most common and the most popular. Everyone has their favorite, though the zesty lemon flavor comes out easily, loudly in both. Bars tend to ... Read More »

Social recipe writing, with KitchenBug

KitchenBug

There is a new player on the social food site scene. KitchenBug is an Israeli-based site for foodies that just launched this week. The way the site works is this: you can write your own recipes or upload links to favorites online (such as cookies from a particular blogger you like). The site keeps everything organized for you and makes your recipes and links available to ... Read More »

Can I use salted butter for baking?

One question I get asked all the time is whether it is acceptable to use salted butter in baking, since most recipes either don’t specify salted or unsalted, or explicitly recommended unsalted butter. The simple answer is that yes, it is fine to use salted butter in baking. That being said, there is a reason that bakers – myself included – and just about all ... Read More »

Year of the Potato, and other international foodie dates

At the end of 2005, the UN declared that 2008 would be the International Year of the Potato. The declaration was intended to “to focus world attention on the role that the potato can play in providing food security and alleviating poverty of the population” – meaning that potatoes are an important staple food and they wanted to celebrate and promote that fact. Taken alone, ... Read More »

Buckwheat Pumpkin Butter Pancakes with Dried Cranberries

Pumpkin Butter Pancakes with maple syrup action!

I wanted to give you all a healthy recipe to start off Halloween, since I think we can all agree that it is a holiday that is (most likely) going to spiral down into an excess of sugar, chocolate and other treats by the time the night is over. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that we need the healthy ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If you’re looking for some last minute Halloween ideas, you might want to check out this postabout Halloween cupcakes, or some of the holiday links currently in my sidebar. If you’re just looking for some non-holiday specific recipe ideas from the past week or so on the blogs, look no further: Creampuffs in Venice relived a childhood favorite with a batch of Italian Crumiri. Relatively ... Read More »

Last minute Halloween cupcake ideas

bloggers' h'ween cupcakes!

 While I liked all of my Halloween creations this year, my vampire cupcakes were the things that really got me excited. Slime-Filled Cupcakes are sure to get people talking at a Halloween party, too, and take a close second to the vampire cupcakes. I know I’m not the only one who goes all out decorating (baked goods, in this case) for Halloween, either. If you’re ... Read More »

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