Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Do-si-dos

peanut butter sandwich cookies, side view

The other day, I expressed some concern over the fact that (a) Girl Scout cookies still have trans fats in them because they are made with hydrogenated shortening instead of, say, butter and (b) Girl Scout cookies don’t taste all that great any more – especially considering that the price per box has gone up and the size of the cookies seems to have gone ... Read More »

Cookie Craft

Cookie Craft

Cookie Craft is almost more of an arts and crafts cookbook than a cookbook, despite the fact that it has a number of versatile cookie recipes included it in. This is because the book is not primarily about baking cookies, but is instead about decorating cookies. It seems to fill the same place in the cookie-baking realm that books like Hey There, Cupcake! and similar ... Read More »

Mix-n-Match Applesauce Granola

granola and yogurt

Weekend mornings are often less hurried than weekday mornings, so when I get the urge to cook, I’ll sometimes prepare something that I can eat for breakfast during the week. Muffins and scones will keep for a day or two, but for something that will really last all week, granola is just the thing. It keeps well, it can be made in big batches and ... Read More »

Whole Grain Banana Barley Muffins

Banana Barley Muffins

Banana bread is such a classic that it seems unnecessary to come up with “twists” to put on it. But it is also such a classic that it’s possible to get bored making it the same way time after time, so I give in every once in a while and make something like banana gingerbread, or stir in some chocolate and nuts. For this variation, ... Read More »

What is barley flour?

organic barley flour

Barley flour is just what it sounds like: a non-wheat flour made from grinding whole barley. It’s a popular alternative to wheat flour because, unlike many non-wheat flours, it contains some gluten. This obviously doesn’t make it a good choice for those with celiac’s, who cannot tolerate gluten, but it does mean that it is an excellent option for more conventional bakers looking to expand ... Read More »

Mjölkchoklad, reviewed


The imported foods section of Ikea is always fun to browse through. Lingonberry, herring (ok, not my favorite, but still interesting) and princess cake. There is also a ton of chocolate, including one of my favorite imported candies, Daim. Most of the chocolates are Marabou brand, but on my most recent trip I noticed that Ikea had a home brand of chocolate. As much as ... Read More »

Crown Heart Cupcake Pan

heart crown cupcake pan

Cupcakes are so cute in their natural state that it almost seems unnecessary to try and cute them up any more. Note that I said almost. This Crown Heart Cupcake Pan from Williams Sonoma does a fine job at doing just that. The muffin pan has heart-shaped depressions around the top of each cup, which allow the batter to spread into them as the cake ... Read More »

Cake Mate flavored sugars

Cake Mate's flavored sugars

Vanilla sugar is one of those wonderful and easy to make ingredients that it is nice to have in the kitchen. Everything can do with a bit of vanilla, after all, whether you are adding a spoonful to a cup of tea, sprinkling the tops of muffins or simply creaming it into butter for a cookie dough. Other easy and useful sugars are spiced sugars, ... Read More »

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