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Dark Chocolate Muffins

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Tall, dark and delicious (as opposed to handsome) is the best way to describe these dark chocolate muffins, although indulgent and rich are suitable descriptors, as well. These Dark Chocolate Muffins are the perfect food to complement your latte during your morning coffee break – assuming that you’re a fan of chocolate and aren’t overly concerned with having something a bit dessert-like before lunch. Good ... Read More »

Why you should make your own pizza

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 Frozen pizza is cheap, easy and widely available – the perfect thing for an ultra-fast weeknight dinner, right? Maybe not. Consumerist has just posted a cautionary tale of how frozen pizzas can go wrong. The 3-for-$9 pizzas pictured above are not only oddly shaped (two are less than half the size that they should be), but “one of them [had] some mysterious weird red/black dark ... Read More »

Baklava Loaf

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Are you a baklava fan? Unless you really dislike honey or nuts, there isn’t much in the flavor profile of the flaky, Middle-eastern pastry to object to. That being said, it is surprisingly difficult to find a good baklava. Far too many are too soggy, too mushy, too nutty or too sweet. As an alternative, I recently tried out this recipe for a Baklava loaf, which ... Read More »

Brown cupcake wrappers from Martha Stewart

Black and brown cupcake wrappers are surprisingly difficult to find, even though they look fantastic with most cupcake and muffin varieties. Last year there was a bit of a frenzy on the food blogs as bakers tried to find stores that reliably carried them. Home bakers wanted them as a change from the standard white, pastel and silver wrappers carried in most grocery stores. Food ... Read More »

Risks of a liquid lunch

At Purdue University, researchers have been studying the effect that a liquid lunch has on our everyday diets. And no, they’re not talking about that kind of liquid lunch. In this case, they’re talking about drinking a significant number of calories in a liquid form on top of eating solid foods. The researchers found out that not only do many people consume more calories during that ... Read More »

How to prevent a cake from sticking

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A common problem that bakers encounter is having a cake, or other baked good, stick to the bottom of the pan when they try to remove it. Even greasing the pan isn’t guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Sometimes, the high sugar content of the food you’re baking, such as brownies, leads to a high amount of caramelization – and therefore stickiness – along ... Read More »

Cupcakes for sale, free car with purchase

Everyone likes to get something for free. The idea that you’re getting a little something extra can really sweeten the deal when you’re making a purchase. A, who blogs at Never Bashful With Butter, took the idea of sweetening a deal a step further and gave away a batch of her impressive homemade cupcakes to the person who purchased her car. Or, if you want ... Read More »

Dave’s Turkey Chili

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It’s great to have friends that are good cooks. Not only do they appreciate your efforts in the kitchen when you cook for them, but they are a great source of new recipes. My friend Dave gave me his excellent turkey chili recipe, which is popular with his firefighting buddies (he’s a firefighter, too), as well as with anyone else who has it. This chili ... Read More »

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