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Ice cream stacks, not scoops

Ice cream stack

Some readers out here on the west coast – even moreso if you’re in Southern California – probably remember eating Thrifty Ice Cream at some point or another. The award winning ice cream was sold at Thrifty Drug Stores before the chain was bought out by Rite-Aid and it was incredibly inexpensive for the quality. I clearly remember getting scoops for 25 or 50 cents ... Read More »

Ginger People Crystallized Ginger Chips, reviewed

Candied ginger

Ginger is an incredibly versatile ingredient. Fresh ginger has that unmistakable bite to it and grates easily into sweet and savory dishes. Ground, dried ginger has a warmth to it that is unique, along with a mild flavor. My favorite kind of ginger is easily crystallised ginger, or candied ginger. Ginger is candied in the same way that orange peels and many other fruits are ... Read More »

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

It’s been a while since I baked a batch of cupcakes, but I started to get the itch for some of the miniature cakes this weekend and pulled out my trusty cupcake pan. Some freshly picked oranges – plucked from the tree before the orange-loving squirrels could get to them – were my inspiration to make some orange and chocolate cupcakes. I used a simple ... Read More »

Pure Dessert

Pure Dessert

One of the reviews of Alice Medrich’s latest cookbook, Pure Dessert described it as being a book about “elaborate simplicity.” It seems like a contradiction in terms, but the description is actually right on in sentiment: in the book, Medrich puts her considerable cooking/baking skills to the task of getting the most flavor out of simple, high-quality ingredients. The cookbook is divided up by flavor, ... Read More »

Old Mother Mallard’s Delicious Golden Brown Waffles

Donald Duck vs. waffle batter

I used to love watching Disney cartoons as a kid and Donald Duck’s were always my favorite. Things always went awry for Donald, no matter what activity he was participating in. One of my favorite Donald cartoons (perhaps a predictor for things to come) involved cooking. It’s a 1941 cartoon called Chef Donald. Donald is sitting at home putting together his book of recipe clippings ... Read More »

Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day

When I was very little, I thought that the best meal in the world was breakfast in bed. I imagine that some children’s book put the idea into my head because I can’t recall a single time that I actually ate breakfast in bed – not until I was an adult and could orchestrate it myself, anyway. So when Mother’s Day rolled around, I always ... Read More »

What is browned butter?

melting butter

Browned butter is pretty much what it sounds like: butter that has been cooked until it is brown. The slightly more formal name for this is “beurre noisette,” or hazelnut butter – a double reference to the light brown color of the cooked butter and the lovely nutty flavor that it acquires during the cooking process. If you’ve ever cooked with butter, using it to ... Read More »

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Adjust-A-Measure Set

Mother’s Day is this weekend and, while I already put together a gift guide to provide some ideas for Mom, we’re coming down to the wire and I know that not everyone has done their shopping. Fortunately, there are plenty of great last minute ideas out there – and this is one of them. The Adjust-A-Measure Set is a three-piece set of measuring tools that ... Read More »

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