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Sprinkles supports schools with cupcakes

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Homemade my be my personal preference, but Sprinkles definitely has a large and loyal fanbase that loves their cupcakes. If you’re a fan and looking for a reason to splurge on a few, you might want to drop by a Sprinkles store today because, in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day (May 8th, apparently), Sprinkles is offering a Sprinkles for Schools box. $5 from the purchase of ... Read More »

Naming controversy over novelty baked goods

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Flipping open a nearby cookie book, I see that it contains recipes for “Mother Lode Brownies” and “Sweetie Pies.” My recipe index lists Monkey Bars, a Raspberry Chocolate Mink and Dirt Cups (pictured). The thing that all of these recipes have in common is that the name is not indicative of what, precisely, the dessert is. “Mother Lode Brownies” contain no gold, and the Raspberry Minks are entirely ... Read More »

Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

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Subtly lemony, with a drizzle of lemon icing on top, these angel food cupcakes have just the right balance of flavor and lightness to make them sweetly satisfying without weighing you down, as a heavier dessert might do. And, as an added bonus, they’ll put a smile on your face if you can track down some cute cupcake wrappers to use when you bake them ... Read More »

Mother’s Day gift ideas for foodie moms

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Mother’s Day is the time of year to take a moment to tell your mom how much you appreciate what she has done for you over the years. In theory, perhaps, you should probably tell her this more than once a year, but the 2nd Sunday in May is the only time you can do it with a spot-on greeting card. Naturally, you might want to include a ... Read More »

Huevos Rancheros

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 It looks like Cinco de Mayo (as well as the 133rd Kentucky Derby!) is e upon us, so I thought that something with a little bit of south-of-the-border flare seemed to be an appropriate gesture towards the holiday. I could have made an intense Mexican Chocolate Loaf Cake, but I opted for Huevos Rancheros instead. The name huevos rancheros means “ranch-style eggs” and the dish ... Read More »

Keyboard waffle iron

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Maybe it’s the nerd in me, but I just adore this keyboard waffle iron, which bakes up crisp waffles in what was once a traditional typewriter. The recycled, reborn appliance was created by artist/designer Chris Dimino as part of an exhibit at the School of Visual Arts. Unfortunately, this gadget isn’t for sale, so we’re stuck with more traditional models for now. Does anyone want to design ... Read More »

A knife just for lettuce

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Those of you who don’t like the idea of “unitasker” kitchen implements should look away now, because this knife was designed to cut only one thing: lettuce. These knives are made of plastic or nylon and have serrated blades. Supposedly, these materials are superior for cutting lettuce because they will make lettuce less likely to turn brown at the edges than metal knives. Now, I have ... Read More »

Colored bread-ties and freshness

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Yesterday, Heloise had several food-related questions in her column and gave out – as usual – some great advice. The first question asked particularly interested me, however: Can you get a list of the colors of bread ties/matching days delivered for the major brands? Hard to tell when the fresh loaves have been delivered. The connection between bread-tie colors and delivery dates is, if not entirely ... Read More »

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