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Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies

One of the best things about Easter is that there is lots of specialty candy available and most of it is on sale. I don’t mind having egg-shaped versions of some of my favorite candies for a couple of weeks after the holiday – or before the holiday, for that matter. I picked up a bag of Reese’s Pieces Eggs, which I like for their ... Read More »

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Carrot cake is a surprisingly versatile cake. The flavor profile is great and translates well into cookies and other desserts. 101 Cookbooks recently made a carrot cake spinoff in the form of Carrot Oatmeal Cookies. Heidi’s cookies are vegan – so they don’t use butter or eggs – and use maple syrup instead of sugar as a sweetener. She says they taste like a cross ... Read More »

What is marshmallow creme?

What is marshmallow creme?

Marshmallow creme is scoopable, spreadable marshmallow confection. Packaged in jars, the semi-liquid marshmallow is much softer than a regular marshmallow, and both creamy and sticky at the same time. I tend to always call this confection “marshmallow fluff,” although the name might not be familiar to all consumers, as it is actually a trademark for a single product. When produced by other companies, the marshmallow ... Read More »

Tulip-Shaped Tart Molds/Muffin Cups

Tulip-Shaped Tart Molds/Muffin Cups

Even though silicone muffin cups aren’t something I would choose over a regular muffin tin, they do have some advantages thanks to their flexibility. These Tulip-Shaped Muffin Cups, for instance, double as miniature tart molds when they’re not being used for muffins or cupcakes. Each one has a crease about halfway down the side that allows you to fold over the muffin cup and create ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcakes

Peeps Cupcakes

Colorful, sugar-coated marshmallow Peeps are synonymous with Easter. They’re simple and loved by most kids. A great way to take advantage of their colorful look is to use them as a decoration for cakes and other baked goods. I’ve taken that one step further here by making Peeps-inspired cupcakes for Easter! These cupcakes have a vanilla butter cake base and are topped with a marshmallow ... Read More »

Spiced

I don’t know too many foodies who haven’t read at least a portion of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential to get an inside look at the goings on in professional kitchens. Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials By Fire gives a similar kind of look into a different type of culinary environment. Author Dalia Jurgensen recounts her own story of becoming a pastry chef, ... Read More »

Cooking summer camps for kids

Cooking school

Summer camp often means sports, swimming, insect repellent, campfire s’mores and cafeteria-style food – at least, it did before the rise of all kinds of specialty camps and specialty cooking camps for kids are joining the lineup this year. Sur La Table, in conjunction with Bon Appetit magazine, has planned out 5-day culinary camps for kids and teens, where young would-be chefs (and foodies) can ... Read More »

White Whole Wheat Biscuits

White Whole Wheat Biscuits

A simple biscuit is such a great addition to any breakfast or dinner. Most biscuits I come across are made with white flour, either an all purpose flour or a cake flour (or other low-protein flour) in the hopes of producing the most tender biscuit. While I would never turn down a perfectly made biscuit, it is nice to know that you can still make ... Read More »

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