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Lemon Torte

Lemon Torte

A torte is a type of rich cake that is made with little or no flour, instead replacing it with ground nuts or something similar. Tortes can be sliced and layered with frosting or jam, but I like them best as simple, single-layer cakes. They’re easy to make, satisfying to eat and are the kind of cake that keeps well for several days – meaning ... Read More »

The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook

Some say that a cast iron skillet is the only piece of cookware that they really need in order to cook all of their favorite foods. It works on the stove top, in the oven, outdoors over an open flame and, as long as it is not unusually shallow, can even be used to boil water. While I personally appreciate the fact that I have ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars

Peanut Butter Cup Rice Krispie Bars, close up

One of the easiest sweet treats to make is a rice krispy treat. The basic recipe has only three ingredients – marshmallows, rice krispies (or other puffed rice cereal) and butter – and takes only a couple of minutes to mix together. As a marshmallow fan, I like them plain, but as a fan of easy to make treats, I appreciate how versatile these bars ... Read More »

Garlic Soft Pretzels

Garlic Salt Pretzel

Plain, salt-topped soft pretzels are one of the best snacks out there. They’re a great combination of chewy, crispy and salty – and they’re actually very easy to make at home. As good as they are when plain, however, it’s also easy to see them as a blank canvas for all kinds of other toppings. Much like a plain pizza, it can really be customized ... Read More »

44th Pillsbury Bake-off open to entries

Pillsbury just opened to entries for their 44th Pillsbury Bake-off! The cooking contest is one where home cooks can submit their recipes in one of four categories for a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million dollars. It’s the biggest cooking contest in the country and one of the longest running, as this year marks the contest’s 60th anniversary. The first Bake-Off was ... Read More »

White Gold Honey, reviewed

White Gold Honey

Different types of honey have different colors, flavors and consistencies depending on what flowers the bees visited to produce that honey. Clover honey, for instance, has a fairly neutral floral flavor that is often associated with “plain” honey. Orange blossom honey, on the other hand, definitely has citrus notes to it. It’s easy to differentiate the two, even though they are similar in appearance. The ... Read More »

Happy Birthday Cake Pan

I usually frost birthday cakes or cupcakes. Partially this is because a frosted cake will usually look a little bit more impressive than an unfrosted cake (always a nice touch at a party), but the main reason that I frost birthday cake is to decorate it. A little bit of piping around the edge of a cake can really give it a clean look, and, ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Swirl Banana Bread

It is fairly well known that Elvis’s favorite food was a deep fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. The anniversary of Elvis Presley’s birthday is January 8th, and it’s the perfect time for fans (whether you’re fans of The King’s music or just of food) to try out an Elvis-inspired treat that uses both peanut butter and bananas. My hat tip is a banana bread ... Read More »

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