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Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins, reviewed

Trader Joe's Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins

It’s hard to find a good lemon cookie. Either they don’t have a particularly strong or distinctive flavor to them, or the cookies have an artificial sweetness to them due to overuse of (cheap) imitation flavoring. As a result, I was a bit reluctant to try Trader Joe’s Meyer Lemon Cookie Thins at first, but was willing to give TJ’s the benefit of the doubt ... Read More »

Chocolate Football Cakes

Chocolate Football Cakes

The Super Bowl isn’t a holiday, but it is one of the biggest events – sporting or otherwise – of the year. Last year, in 2008, over 97 million people tuned in to watch the Big Game. I suspect that most of those people were sitting around with family and friends, either at a small gathering or a big party. I know that I was. ... Read More »

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook

The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook

Everyone who bakes – bakes from scratch, that is, and maybe some who don’t – has at least one bag of chocolate chips in the pantry. Chocolate chip cookies are one of the most basic and most popular treats out there. There is a lot more to chocolate chips than chocolate chip cookies, however, and The Essential Chocolate Chip Cookbook sets out to showcase some ... Read More »

Rising cost of Girl Scout cookies

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that Girl Scout cookies have gotten smaller in size while the boxes have gone up in price. This “grocery shrink ray” has hit lots of products, so the fact that it happens at all isn’t too surprising, but there is some point where consumers really need to step in and think before they buy. This year, the Girl ... Read More »

What is meringue powder?

Meringue powder

Meringue powder is an ingredient that you won’t see called for in recipes very often, but you will see if you browse the aisles of a baking supply store or a craft store with a cake decorating section. It also shows up on the ingredient lists of some packaged frostings and icing mixes.  Meringue powder is a fine white powder made primarily from dried egg ... Read More »

Cupcake Cookie Jar

Cupcake Cookie Jar

I’m a big fan of using airtight containers for food storage for a variety of reasons, including increased freshness and longer shelf life of the foods you’re storing. Most of my containers are on the utilitarian side. But I have a soft spot for old fashioned cookie jars, both for nostalgia and for the fact that they make for a much more appealing presentation than ... Read More »

Lime Poppy Seed Muffins

Lime Poppyseed Muffins

Lemon poppy seed muffins are one of the few types of muffins that utilize poppy seeds.  The tiny little seeds don’t add much flavor to a pastry (not in small amounts, anyway), but add color and texture to an otherwise plain pastry. They fit well with lemon because they don’t detract from the delicate citrus flavor of the fruit while making the muffins ever so ... Read More »

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