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Free cones at Ben and Jerry’s

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In the mood for ice cream despite the unseasonably cold weather and storms hitting much of the country? As long as you’re willing to venture outside this afternoon, be sure to stop by a Ben & Jerry’s because it is Free Cone Day there. Between 12pm and 8pm today, participating locations will be giving out free single-scoopice cream cones to everyone who comes in. The event ... Read More »

Newspaper dessert recipes make people fat?

Some newspapers do it on Tuesdays and others opt for Thursdays, but the vast majority of newspapers run their food sections on Wednesdays. I know I look forward to perusing the pages – either physical or virtual – of some on my favorite newspapers every week to check out new reviews and recipes. According to a recent survey, however, this seemingly innocent paper perusal can ... Read More »

USB cup warmer and cooler

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 The more time you spend in front of your computer each day, the more likely you are to have a drink by the side of your keyboard. It may not be the greatest idea to keep a latte, Diet Coke or glass of water next to such an important piece of equipment, but unless you’re really accident-prone, spills are (thankfully) few and far between. Generally speaking, a much greater concern is ... Read More »

Ordering cakes online vs local bakeries

Cakes are big business, especially birthday cakes. Many shoppers, especially those who aren’t interested in baking their own, will turn to one of three options: cake mixes, local bakeries or big chains. Baskin Robbins and Costco alone sell millions (4 mil and 6.2 mil, respectively) of birthday cakes every single year. There is a fourth option, however, which makes things a little more interesting for a ... Read More »

Happy Birthday, Sacher-Torte

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Birthday cakes are nothing new, but what about a birthday for a cake? The Austrian Sacher-Torte celebrated its 175th birthday this week with a rooftop party in Austria organized by Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. The original cake was created in 1832 in Vienna when a young apprentice chef – 16 year old Franz Sacher – had to create an original dessert of short notice. As unlikely ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Frozen Yogurt

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I love the idea of mix-ins for ice cream and I know I’m not the only one, as evidenced by the continually growing popularity of ice cream shops that offer mix-ins to their customers. More frozen yogurt shops are starting to offer the same service, so frozen treat fans can get the same combinations in a slightly healthier way. Aside from standards like chocolate chip ... Read More »

Restricting the sale of baking soda?

A St. Louis lawmaker wants to make baking soda harder to get and has suggested that it be moved behind the counter in stores and pharmacies, where the shopkeepers/pharmacists can oversee who buys it and how much they’re buying. The reason for the proposed legislation is not to restrict the number of cookies that can be baked, but because baking soda is (apparently) “a base ... Read More »

Ham and Swiss Bread

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 Ham and swiss is a classic combination for a sandwich, but how about incorporating ham and swiss into the bread intself, rather than just sandwiching it between slices? A surplus of ham leftover from Easter dinner gave me the perfect excuse to try out this combination in a loaf. And much as I expected, it worked beautifully. The bread is moist, tender and slightly sweet. It ... Read More »

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