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Guittard Super Cookie Chips, reviewed

Guittard Super Size Chocolate Chips

It’s not that easy to find giant chocolate chips, and while there is some variation in size from brand to brand, most chocolate chips come in a fairly standard size and shape. Guittard’s Super Cookie Chips (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the listing) fit the bill nicely if you’re looking to go large. These chocolate chips don’t quite turn your cookies ... Read More »

Oatmeal Streusel Cookies

Oatmeal Streusel Cookies

When I started to experiment with a recipe for Coffee Cake Pancakes – pancakes with a coffee cake-like streusel cooked into them – I needed to separate the streusel from regular coffee cake so that I could include it with the pancakes. I ended up making a big batch of streusel on its own so that it could be mixed into the pancake batter. The ... Read More »

Trablit Coffee Extract

Trablit Coffee Extract

Extracts, whether they’re vanilla, lemon, almond or any other flavor, are made by mixing a concentrated flavor with alcohol. The alcohol burns off during cooking or baking, leaving behind only the desired flavor in your dish. They’re very effective, but not always the most effective way to infuse flavor for a particular ingredient. For instance, citrus oils – isolated from the skin/zest of an orange, ... Read More »

iSi Flex-it Measuring Cups

iSi Basics Flex-it Measuring Cups

I have funnels in a variety of sizes and shapes in my kitchen. I don’t use them that frequently, but when I do, I really appreciate how useful they are in transferring things – dry ingredients, wet ingredients, liquids – from one container to another. They give you control in a way that a pour spout on a measuring cup just doesn’t because they control ... Read More »

Apricot, Orange and Chocolate Chip Loaf

Apricot, Orange and Chocolate Chip Loaf

At first glance, you might not think that chocolate and apricots go together – or, at least, several of my tasters seemed to have this opinion when I brought this quickbread out. They were converted to the combination immediately after their first bite (at which time I pointed out that chocolate-dipped dried apricots are actually quite common). Fruit and chocolate make a great combination in ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Whole wheat waffles waffles sound like a really healthy way to start out the day. I have to admit that, in the case of Veggie Belly‘s Whole Wheat Cinnamon Waffles wit Dulce De Leche, “decadent” would be a much more appropriate adjective than “healthy.” Not that there is anything wrong with that, mind you. The waffles are light and crispy, rich with butter and buttermilk, ... Read More »

Letters and Number Cake Pan

Alphabet/Number Cake Pan

It’s not that difficult to carve a cake if you have a couple of sharp knives around to help you trim off the corners of a rectangular cake and curve it into the shape you want. The scraps make a nice snack for the decorator, but all things considered, carving tends to waste quite a bit of cake. The solution to the problem is to ... Read More »

How to toast coconut

Toasting coconut

Shredded coconut is an ingredient that is packed with possibilities, both in terms of texture and flavor. Raw shredded coconut, whether you prefer sweetened or unsweetened, has a sweet coconut taste and a chewy texture. Toasted coconut still has the same basic flavor, but it also has a caramelized nuttiness and a crisp-chewy texture that raw doesn’t offer. It’s easy to toast coconut at home ... Read More »

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