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Bear Silicone Baking Cups

Bear Silicone Baking Cups

While I will always have a preference for paper baking cups over silicone cups – or even for just greasing the tin directly – when I am baking muffins or cupcakes, I have to give the makers of the silicone products credit for coming up with some really cute ideas that paper cups just can’t recreate. One good example of this are the Witch Feet ... Read More »

What are cacao nibs?

cacao nibs

Dark chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Milk chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Chocolate covered cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are turning up in more and more places, but with little explanation as to what they are because they are almost always an add-in to some other product. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled and prepped to the ... Read More »

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies, up close

This weekend, I was gifted a big bag of delicious bite-sized brownies. There were more than I could eat and I started to look for other applications for the brownies. I often mix brownies into batches of frozen yogurt and ice cream. Could they be mixed into a cake? Into cookies? As it turns out, they can be mixed into cookies, as my search for ... Read More »

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

If you watch the Food Network, you’ve probably caught at least an episode or two of Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt. The show has been on for two seasons and followed AB road tripping around parts of the US looking for good road food. The show focused on diner-type restaurants and the people in them, and always felt a lot less contrived (and a lot ... Read More »

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Chipotle peppers are known for having a smoky sweetness, with a slow but strong heat. The spice is what makes them so great, but the sweetness is fairly unique and lets chipotle work very well when paired with some much sweeter things. Honey and chipotle is one of my favorite combinations for a salsa. It wasn’t a stretch to make it into a smoky sweet ... Read More »

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

Light and fluffy souffle-like cheesecakes are nice, but not everyone is going to be satisfied with that type of texture for a cheesecake. Others want their cheesecake to be rich, creamy and dense. In fact, this sort of texture is almost a signature of cheesecakes, since few other baked good can (or would want to) achieve it. This Mocha Chocolate Chip Cheesecake is a great ... Read More »

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate, reviewed

Starbucks Mocha Dark Chocolate

It’s been a couple of months now since Starbucks released their chocolate line – the line that is sold in non-Starbucks stores, like Target – and I’ve been wanting to try several of the options since I first spotted them. The chocolates are a result between the collaboration of Hershey’s and Starbucks, and after reading good things about them on Candyblog, I was even more ... Read More »

Flour Storage Tips

Buying food, especially dry goods or other products with fairly long shelf lives, in bulk is a good way to cut back on your grocery bill. You get a lower overall price per pound or per ounce. The only problem with buying in bulk is that whatever you buy has to be stored properly to give it its optimal shelf life and to prevent spoilage. ... Read More »

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