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How to decorate a cake with chocolate

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There are many ways to top a cake. You can drizzle it with a glaze or smoothly coat it with ganache or buttercream, for example. Getting the frosting right is not too hard, but decorating a cake for a particular occasion (e.g. a birthday or celebration) can present a bit more of a challenge. Most birthday cakes come with something fancy: icing perfectly lining the ... Read More »

Freshy Baked USB Drives

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It seems as though it is becoming a trend to have USB drives that don’t look like plain old memory sticks. From wooden sticks to (slightly disturbing) Barbie, the drives come in all shapes and sizes. Food items seem to be some of the most popular, with sushi, yakisobaand other asian favs, such as takoyaki, being high on the list. I haven’t seen the appeal of plugging fake food ... Read More »

Bloom Energy review

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Bloom Energy is a new, fruit juice-based energy drink from Del Monte. Each lightly carbonated beverage has 100 calories per 10.5-oz can and delivers a full serving of fruit, as well as Vitamins B, C and D, calcium and a boost of antioxidants. They are also naturally caffeinated using white tea extract and guarana. Every can has about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee ... Read More »

Healthy eating programs have success in schools

Schools in Somerville, Massachusetts have been tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity with a lot of success – and they didn’t even have to institute a strict ban on every food that could be considered “junk.” Instead they relied on education and, with a town-wide effort, they were able to bring childrens’ year weight gains to normal levels, increase the amount that kids exercised ... Read More »

Rising Dough cookies not as low-cal as they seem

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To go along with their smoothies, Jamba Juice sells a variety of baked goods and snacks of the healthier sort. I’ve seen Terra Chips, Pirate’s Booty and a number of different kinds of energy bars. Some of the more appealing snacks are the cookies from Rising Dough Bakery, since they are almost unbelievably low in fat and calories. The Oatmeal Cranberry Raisin, for instance, claims ... Read More »

Baileys Raspberries

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There are an unlimited number of dessert toppings out there to choose as a finishing touch for your scoop of ice cream or piece of cake, especially as more and more restaurants (and recipe-writers) are experimenting with combinations of salty and sweet things. But there is one thing that tends to shift the scales in the dessert-topping war: booze. Ok – I’ll admit that I ... Read More »

Black is the new… black, in food coloring

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How often do you reach for food coloring and what colors do you use? Most of my food colorings go into icings for cakes and cookies, with some going into the cakesthemselves. I tend to stick with the red, yellow, green and blue colors that come standard in boxes of food coloring, or dilute them slightly for shades of pink, orange and purple. I don’t ... Read More »

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

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It’s hard to resist a hot soft pretzel, fresh from the oven and smelling of yeast, salt and – depending on how indulgent you’re feeling – butter. Soft pretzels are a staple of mall food courts, sports stadiums and theme parks, but are far less commonly seen at home. Fortunately, they’re quite easy to make and definitely worth the effort. My plain soft pretzels are ... Read More »

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