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Baking breads with softer crusts

Do you prefer bread with a really crackly, crispy crust or bread with a soft and tender crust? The more bread I bake, the more I find that people fall into one of these two categories with their preferences and, while they may enjoy other breads, they ultimately want the one with their crust of choice.  As people start to bake their own breads, the ... Read More »

Multi-Tier Oven Rack

Multi-Tier Oven Rack

One of the biggest challenges involved in cooking a big meal is trying to get all of the food ready and on the table at the same time. This is a particularly difficult feat when you’re cooking a huge meal, like Thanksgiving dinner or any other big family get together. For me, I try to make sure that my dish prep areas are evenly distributed in ... Read More »

Turkey Cake with Chocolate Maple Glaze

turkey sketch

Sick and tired of looking for vegetarian Thanksgiving options to feed your non-meat eating friends and family? I think that I may have the perfect solution. Just kidding, unless you’re planning on serving dessert as the main course (not necessarily a course of action I would disagree with) at Thanksgiving dinner. This turkey cake is just that: a vanilla buttermilk sheet cake sculpted into a three dimensional ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

No sense in beating around the bush today. There are too many recipes and neither enough time nor oven space to try them all! First up are the Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Muffins from Wednesday Chef. They look and sound delicious, but even better is the fact that they are pretty healthy. They are whole grain, have sweet potatoes and dates mixed in and are low in ... Read More »

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch, reviewed

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch

 Store shelves are already full of Christmas decorations and other products, and while I tend to shy away from them this early, I don’t even try to resist taking a look at the seasonal candies, whether the candy companies are releasing limited edition holiday flavors of their products or simply putting them in red/green/blue/white seasonal wrappers. Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch falls into the former category. Like regular Junior ... Read More »

Mini Snowman Pan

mini snowman pan

 As much as I like Christmas, I really prefer to wait until after Thanksgiving to get into holiday mode. It’s tough to resist catching a glimpse or two some of the holiday items that are already out in stores, though – especially considering that many of them have been out on display since before Halloween. But in this case, I’m glad I took a peek ... Read More »

Curried Wheat Bread

curried bread, sliced

 A few weeks ago, I went out for lunch with a friend of mine to one of my favorite restaurants. It was a relatively chilly day and I opted for soup, served with some excellent multi-grain bread. She chose a sandwich special and while neither of us remember what was on the sandwich, we both remember the golden bread it was served on: a whole ... Read More »

Junior’s Cheesecake Cookbook

Junior's Cheesecake Cookbook

There are always people out there who are unwilling to share their best recipes. It’s annoying when that person is, for instance, an aunt who won’t tell you the secret to her cinnamon buns, possibly afraid that hers will be less special if others are making them. It’s understandable when it is a restaurant that carefully guards a signature recipe from copycats. But no matter the ... Read More »

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