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Backyard Bugs Cake Pan

I really don’t want to see bugs anywhere near one of my cake or cupcake creations. At least, I don’t want to see any live bugs near any of them. After seeing the adorable Backyard Bugs Cake Pan, I’m going to have relax my previously hard and fast rule because the bug-shaped cakelets are too cute to resist. The pan is made of heavy, nonstick cast ... Read More »

Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcake

 Strawberry shortcakes are one of the quintessential summer desserts, largely because fresh strawberries are so incredibly tempting when they are at their peak. The desserts also require minimal prep work, which is nice on a hot day. Taking “minimal prep work” to an extreme, you can even by pre-made “shortcakes” at the grocery store these days, meaning that a bottle of whipped cream and a ... Read More »

Baking tattoos

cupcake tattoo

Chef tattoos are nothing new and we see them from time to time in various artand news sources, but you don’t hear all that much about bakers’ tattoos. Perhaps this is because a cupcake is far less dramatic than a large knife? Some might say it is because large knives appeal to more people with tattoos than cupcakes, but I think we’ve all seen plenty of ... Read More »

Need a ride to the grocery store?

Convenience, price and selection are likely to be the three things you take into consideration when choosing which grocery store you shop at most often. You might be willing to compromise on one or two points sometimes, but when a store offers you all three, it is probably where you do most of your shopping. The stores themselves have control over the price and selection ... Read More »

Wrench Ware

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching and, even though you probably already sorted through a long list of ideas, I couldn’t resist throwing in one more. Wrench Ware is a hybrid between tools and tableware, featuring one place setting with a stainless steel wrench-handled knife, crescent-wrench spoon and ratchet fork. The utensils come packed in a mock tool kit, with shaped holders to secure each piece ... Read More »

Trans fats and local, familiy bakeries

“Banning trans fat would ‘annihilate the legacy of every family bakery,’” or so says a baker from Philadelphia, PA, in response to a local city council bill that would prohibit the use of trans fats in commercial kitchens. As it first happened in New York when the city opted to ban trans fats, the public outcry was not unexpected, nor was the argument that small, ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Red Bean Curry

pumpkin curry and naan

Every once in a while, believe it or not, I end up making something that (a) doesn’t require an oven and (b) isn’t a breakfast/dessert item. I certainly wouldn’t mind if everything I cooked fell into one of those two categories, but there are so many other foods out there worth eating that it is a shame to pass on them. Besides, most of them ... Read More »

Soda makers switching to sugar?

In the 1980s, most major soda producers (and many food manufacturers) switched from using sugar as a sweetener to using high fructose corn syrup because it was both sweeter and cheaper than sugar. Due to the rising price of corn syrup, as well as increased consumer demand - primarily in the name of health - for sugar sweetened drinks, some manufacturers are considering a switch back to sugar. Others, ... Read More »

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