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Parmesan Potato Bread

parmesan potato bread loaf

 Potato bread was always one of my favorite types of bread. Even way back in elementary school, when I always hoped to find it on my PB&J sandwiches, I knew the taste and texture of the bread if not the name. Potato bread is just what is sounds like: bread that is made with potato in it. Now, we’re not talking about shredded potatoes here, but about cooked ... Read More »

Rachael Ray Garbage Bowls

ray ray's garbarge bowls

If you’ve seen Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, you know that there are a couple of signature things that she has and does. Extra virgin olive oil is EVOO and spices and such always get “measured” by wide approximation. She also always has a garbage bowl, a bowl into which all of her trash – wrappers, egg shells, veggie peelings, etc – gets dumped to ... Read More »

How to measure drop cookie dough

measured cookie dough, ready to bake

 The most common type of cookie seems to be the drop cookie. Chocolate chip, oatmeal and anything else that must be scooped and dropped (hence the name) onto a baking sheet without any shaping or rolling falls into this category and, despite how prevalent they are, there is a lot of debate over how exactly you’re supposed to drop the chunks of cookie dough onto your baking ... Read More »

The best apples for making pie

Apples in Pie Crust

There are so many varieties of apples available in stores and at farmers markets these days, that it can be challenging to choose apples for baking. In the past, a baker might have reached for sweet-tart Granny Smith apples without a second thought, but there are many different kinds of apples that will work just as well, if not better, in baking pies, crisp and ... Read More »

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Muffins

peanut butter muffins with chocolate chips

Peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination no matter how you look at it. If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be nearly so many chocolate and peanut butter confections in the candy aisle at the store. But candy isn’t the only place where you can pair these two flavors. I matched them up in this muffin recipe, adding chocolate chips to a peanut buttery muffin ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another handful of amazing recipes from other bloggers. Have you noticed that even bloggers who don’t regularly bake tend to use their oven a bit more in the fall and winter? There’s sure to be many more inspiring recipes as the weather cools down even more this season. An all-purpose cornbread recipe is always good to have on file as the weather gets colder ... Read More »

The perfect Cuppa

cuppa mugs

People have always gotten along just fine by “eyeballing” the amount of cream or milk that they add to their coffee. But why estimate when you can get your cup of coffee or tea just the way you like it every time without guessing? One solution is to emulate a few of the more precise coffee drinkers out there and measure the exact amount of milk ... Read More »

Finding luxury on the dessert menu

fortress dessert

Have you ever come home from a wonderful dinner out and bragged about how much you paid for dessert? Unless your dessert was complimentary, I’m willing to bet that you’re much more likely to discuss the dessert itself and not its price – especially if it was on the expensive side. But that doesn’t stop luxury resorts with high-end restaurants from adding ever more expensive ... Read More »

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