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Rolling out pie crust is easy

rolling pie crust

 When you need to roll out a pie crust – or any type of dough – the single most important thing to have is a flat surface. A marble slab is often the first choice of serious pie bakers because the stone does not retain heat and the dough you are working will remain cool, with its butter unmelted, as you work. I use a large ... Read More »

Classic Mojito

delicious mojito!

Mojitos are the new black. And in this case, by “black” I mean “flavored martini,” since martinis were the “it” drink for the past couple of years and now mojitos seem to be on the menu just about everywhere. A few places I’ve been lately even have entire mojito menus! Before venturing out into the world of flavored mojito variations, it’s a good idea to ... Read More »

Shango Rum, reviewed

shango

In the spirit of National Rum Day, I thought I’d mention a new rum I tried recently: Shango. Rum is defined as a spirit “distilled from the fermented juice of sugar cane, sugar cane syrup, sugar cane molasses or other sugar cane by-products… having the taste, aroma and characteristics generally attributed to rum” and with an alcohol content of 40-95% (80-190 proof)(per TTB standards). Shango ... Read More »

National Rum Day

I’ll always say that vanilla is my very favorite flavor, but lately I find myself reaching for Baileys, Kahlua, rum or other liqueur as flavoring when I bake. Recently, for instance, I splashed some into my coconut macaroons, the filling of my strawberry tart and soaked many, many raspberries in it. I have plans for other spiked treats – but then I always have a long ... Read More »

Easy Grilled Flatbread

pile o' grilled flatbread

 The great thing about grilling is that you can cook your entire meal outside on the same surface. Everything is quick, there is little cleanup and you don’t heat up the house on a hot day. Meats and veggiesare standards at any cookout, and it is increasingly common to do desserts on the grill, as well. But baked goods don’t get much grill time - unless ... Read More »

Is butter better for greasing a pan?

One of the most often repeated phrases about baking these days is that butter is better, or even that butter is best. It is flavorful, moreso than shortening or vegetable oil. It has the interesting property of being a solid at room temperature and a liquid when put into the oven, where the water in the butter vaporizes, creating tiny little puffs of steam that ... Read More »

Lose weight, get paid!

No, this isn’t the tag line for a fad weight-loss drug. And if it is, I can assure you that it isn’t what I’m talking about here. Roughly 35% of Italians are overweight or obese, according to EU statistics. Concern about the growing obesity rate is prompting some Italian officials to try and take action on a local level. The government of the town of ... Read More »

Spruce up your stove

notmartha's mirrored stove

Raise your (virtual) hand if you often find yourself wishing your kitchen could look as elegant or as fun as the ones on TV. Who wouldn’t love a state-of-the-art kitchen outfitted with shiny stainless steel, or finished with flush wood panels that hide the appliances with the rest of the cabinets? And whether you like Rachael Ray or not, you have to admit that the ... Read More »

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