Chocolate Hazelnut Spread (Homemade Nutella)

Chocolate Almond Spread on toast

Nutella is a creamy, rich, chocolate and hazelnut spread that is popular all over the world. The first time I had it, I must have eaten a half-jar of the stuff with a whole baguette and probably would have finished off the jar if the bakery hadn’t been closed already. I would venture to say that it is more widely used outside the US than ... Read More »

101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you really can’t have too many cookie recipes. Even if you have a couple of repeats from book to book (of chocolate chip, for instance), the few that are repeated are generally the most popular and it’s actually quite convenient to have multiple places to find them. 101 Easy Peasy Cookie Recipes is a cookbook comprised ... Read More »

White Bean Hummus

Open my pantry and you’ll see all kinds of canned beans. They’re just so useful – good in soups, chilis, tossed in salads or processed into hearty dips – that I will always keep plenty around. Dips especially are a favorite of mine to make because I usually have something around that requires dipping, whether it is a bag of tortilla chips, a batch of ... Read More »

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Crustless Spinach, Onion and Feta Quiche

Many times, the flaky and buttery crust is the best part of a quiche, supporting the filling and adding a wonderful contrasting texture to the dish. But crusts can be a bit time consuming and more than a bit fattening. I like this crustless quiche as a quick and relatively low fat dinner. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and get into the oven ... Read More »

Super Snacks for Super Sunday

I hope that at least a few of you are football fans, like I am, but even if you’re not, I know that the biggest thing going this weekend is the Super Bowl and that many of you will be watching it (or at least checking out some of the commercials), or entertaining friends while the game plays in the background. Naturally, you’ll need some ... Read More »

Knife Hook

knife hook

Every cook has a time when he or she has just been boiling – and I’m not talking about water. I’m talking about the times when your brownies have overcooked, your veggies just won’t turn out quite right and your roast won’t hit its mark on the meat thermometer even after an extra hour in the oven, on top of which your microwave won’t work, ... Read More »

Sweethearts Cake Pan

Sweethearts Cake Pan

There are two things that jump to mind when someone mentions a filled cake. One is a simple layer cake, sliced in half and filled with jam or buttercream. The other is a molten center cake – always a Valentine’s Day favorite – that is a chocolate cake with a chocolate truffle center, which melts as the cake bakes and leaves you with a rich ... Read More »

Don’t drink from the tap?

Is bottled water really better than tap when it comes to drinking water? When it comes to hot water, it may be.  A recent NY Times article points to research conducted by environmental scientists that hot tap water is more likely to be contaminated with lead than cold water. The reason for this is that hot water will dissolve anything – including contaminants like lead ... Read More »

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