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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 »

Pancakes for Halloween

Halloween pancakes and spatula

For years, I used to make Halloween-shaped pancakes every Halloween morning. When I didn’t have a mold to work with, I would make vaguely ghost-shaped pancakes, sometimes adding chocolate chips or raisins for eyes and mouth. If I did have a mold, pumpkins would be the order of the day (I also had a Mickey Mouse mold, but that’s a different story). As time went ... Read More »

Making your own candy corn

 Most of the foods we buy at the grocery store can be made at home, some easily and some with a fair amount of difficulty, but just about everything will transfer over. Foods like bread and cookies are easy targets for home bakers, candies and foods that seem like “specialty” items tend to be labeled as items we’re better off just buying. Candy corn – a ... Read More »

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

The other day I realized that it had been a long time since I had some freshly baked oatmeal cookies. And even longer since I had oatmeal raisin cookies. I couldn’t let it go on any longer, so I pulled out my mixing bowls and got to work. I was inspired by some of the spice blends that I made last week and decided to ... Read More »

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