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Virtual baking with Cake Mania

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Reading a food blog about cakes and baking could be deemed “virtual baking,” but even though you can often see the process from start to finish, it’s a pretty passive experience. To get your virtual hands a little dirtier, you might want to check out a game called Cake Mania. It’s a computer game (now available for Nintendo DS) where you run your own virtual ... Read More »

World’s best restaurants 2007

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Restaurant magazine has put out their annual list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. The list hasn’t changed too much in the last year, with only four new entries. The top 6 remaining the same, while numbers 7-10 only shifted around a little. Eight restaurants from the US made the list - French Laundry, Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Charlie Trotter’s, Alinea and Chez ... Read More »

English Muffins

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I love breakfast foods and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Coffee cake? Oatmeal? Waffles? So, instead of picking one to elevate over the rest, I’ll just add another classic to the long list of fabulous ways to start the day: homemade english muffins. Doubtless, you have had one of the griddle-cooked muffins  at some time or another. An english muffin is relatively ... Read More »

Anti-obesity baby food

The subject of children and obesity is controversial enough on its own, but scientists in Scotland are working on something that is sure to take the debate to a new level. They are developing a diet supplement for infants that will supress hunger, which will supposedly prevent them from growing up fat. The formula, which contains a hormone called leptin, was developed in response to animal ... Read More »

Top Design meets Top Chef, sort of

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Bravo has some great reality shows. I really enjoyed watching this season of Top Design and, (obviously), I am a big fan of Top Chef. If only the network would combine the two, I imagine that contestants might produce cakes like the one above, which is entirely edible. Or at least, they would if the contest involved baking. Via Neatorama, I found this page of fantastically ... Read More »

Devil’s Food White Out Layer Cake

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There is nothing not to love about this cake, which explains why Dorie Greenspan chose to use it as the cover illustration for her most recent book, Baking, from My Home to Yours. First, it is stunning to look at. From afar, the cake appears to be covered with chocolate shavings or sprinkles, but upon closer inspection, you can see that it is decorated with cake ... Read More »

Silicone or metal whisks?

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There has been a definite upswing in the number of silicone products in the kitchenware department of most stores. Some of the products, like spatulas, basting brushes and pot holders, work wonderfully. Others don’t. Silicone bakeware, for example, continues to pop up in new shapes and sizes despite the fact that it never performs as well in comparison tests with more traditional (metal, glass, pyrex, etc.) bakeware. One silicone ... Read More »

California might add nutrition information to restaurant menus

It’s easy to pick out healthy items on a restaurant menu, right? A quick quiz conducted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found that 68% of surveyed Californians couldn’t pick out the low calorie, low salt, high fat or high calorie items from a list of dishes on the menus at Denny’s, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill chain restaurants. 27% only got ... Read More »

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