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A record setting birthday cake

Lots of candles!

At your last birthday, someone made a joke about the number of candles on the cake being a fire hazard. It doesn’t matter if there are two candles or eighty two – there’s just one at every party, isn’t there? But every once in a while, even the most hackneyed joke comes close to being true. A new Guinness World Record was just set for ... Read More »

Funnel Pitchers

Funnel Pitcher

Getting batter from the bowl to the baking pan is not always an easy task. Thicker batters, or doughs with a thick consistency, are actually pretty easy to handle at this stage. Cookie dough can be scooped and shaped with relative ease before being plopped onto a pan. Muffin and cake batters, on the other hand, can make quite a mess when you try to ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Mornings are about repetition for most people. Yogurt. Cereal. Eggs. Toast. All of these are foods that require little effort to construct and not much more effort to eat, although they’re definitely a satisfying way to start the day. I like to stick to the same – or similar -  foods foods for breakfast, too, because it means that I don’t have to think too ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

It may still technically be summer, but once September hits those typically fall foods and dishes become fair game. Dozen Flours has the right idea with a recipe for Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. Whoopie pies are made with soft cookies – pumpkin cookies, in this case – sandwiching a frosting-like cream cheese filling. Think of it like a portable cupcake, with the frosting on the inside. ... Read More »

Bear Silicone Baking Cups

Bear Silicone Baking Cups

While I will always have a preference for paper baking cups over silicone cups – or even for just greasing the tin directly – when I am baking muffins or cupcakes, I have to give the makers of the silicone products credit for coming up with some really cute ideas that paper cups just can’t recreate. One good example of this are the Witch Feet ... Read More »

What are cacao nibs?

cacao nibs

Dark chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Milk chocolate bar with cacao nibs. Chocolate covered cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are turning up in more and more places, but with little explanation as to what they are because they are almost always an add-in to some other product. Cacao nibs are basically raw chocolate, pieces of cacao beans that have been roasted, hulled and prepped to the ... Read More »

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

Brownie Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies, up close

This weekend, I was gifted a big bag of delicious bite-sized brownies. There were more than I could eat and I started to look for other applications for the brownies. I often mix brownies into batches of frozen yogurt and ice cream. Could they be mixed into a cake? Into cookies? As it turns out, they can be mixed into cookies, as my search for ... Read More »

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run

If you watch the Food Network, you’ve probably caught at least an episode or two of Alton Brown’s Feasting on Asphalt. The show has been on for two seasons and followed AB road tripping around parts of the US looking for good road food. The show focused on diner-type restaurants and the people in them, and always felt a lot less contrived (and a lot ... Read More »

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