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Octopus Cake Pan

octopus cake

Want to get away from traditional round, square and bundt cake pans and find something more creative? Check out the Octopus Cake Pan at Williams-Sonoma. It’s not going to win any awards for practicality – unless you’re a marine biologist who likes to bake cakes for all your marine biologist buddies – but it is a beautifully put together design with lots of great details. ... Read More »

Multigrain donuts from Krispy Kreme

Bread or pastry made with whole grains has an advantage over those made with plain white flour because they have more heart-healthy fiber in the finished product. If you eat a lot of bread, switching to a whole grain version can have a positive impact on your diet. If you only eat a sandwich once in a while, it doesn’t make that much difference. And ... Read More »

More food ads, more likely to overeat?

Today’s Wall Street Journal asks “does food advertising on television make you eat more?” According to some new research in Britain, it does when kids are concerned. A study had kids ranging in age from 5 to 11 watch a video that had some children’s programming (cartoon, “family” shows, etc) and common ads for toys or food products that generally appear on air with the shows. ... Read More »

Make a whimsical cake

whimsical cakes

“Whimsical” cakes are the kind that the Mad Hatter served at his tea party in Alice in Wonderland - or at least, the kind that he would have served if Lewis Carroll or Disney had come up with them. The name could apply to any creatively decorated cake, but it primarily refers to funky, tilting cakes that are constructed in such a way that they look ... Read More »

Grilled Peach Shortcakes with Candied Ginger

grilled peach shortcake, at night

I really hope that everyone is having as good luck with strawberries as I am right now. Every basket in recent memory has been fantastic and very few have lasted more than a few hours in the kitchen; they’re just that hard to resist. Ordinarily I wouldn’t complain about something like strawberries being too delicious, but I just can’t keep enough around to put together a ... Read More »

Did you make this yourself?!

My friends know that I am a baker – and a prolific one, at that. Acquaintances know this and, from time to time, even strangers seem to be aware of it when they meet me (friends of friends or acquaintances, no doubt). Because of this, I’m always caught off guard when someone close to me forgets this and exclaims, with heavy disbelief, over the fact ... Read More »

Ecuadorian Ceviche

Cevicheis said to have originated in the area around Ecuador and Peru in South America centuries ago, and perhaps because of its long history, it seems as though every country in Latin or South America has their own (relatively standard) ceviche recipe. And for the most part, this is true. Cooks in different countries use different kinds of fish, spices and even fruit juices to ... Read More »

Red Footed Booby Martini

There are three species of boobies – a type of large seabird – in Galapagos: Nazca, Blue-Footed and Red-Footed. All three are gorgeous birds, but the Blue and Red-Footed varieties seem particularly special due to their unusually colored feet. After all, how often is it that you see a bird with blue feet? Unfortunately for me, I didn’t have a chance to see the Red ... Read More »

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