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CI’s best kitchen tools

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Cooks Illustrated is known for their willingness to exhaustively test different recipes,  ingredient combinations and kitchen gadgets in their pursuit of the very best. When it comes to their recipes, I have been known to disagree with them from time to time when their perceptions of what a recipe should be differ from my own, but they tend to be very close to the mark on the ... Read More »

Red Velvet Roll Cake

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When it comes to baking, no matter how many batches of chocolate chip cookies I make, I’m just not quite a traditionalist. If I were, I would have made a basic red velvet layer cake by now, instead of making red velvet cupcakes, red velvet sandwich cookies and, now, a red velvet roll cake. That said, I’m not exactly on the cutting edge of innovation, ... Read More »

Betty Crocker baking contest

Anna Ginsberg, author of Cookie Madness and winner of the last Pillsbury Bakeoff, has the amazing ability to do some really creative things with food. I’m not talking about tracking down truffles or whatever the latest high-end ingredient du jour is, but using fairly ordinary, mainstream products in new ways. This talent serves her well in cooking contests, where you are usually required to take an ... Read More »

Virtual baking with Cake Mania

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Reading a food blog about cakes and baking could be deemed “virtual baking,” but even though you can often see the process from start to finish, it’s a pretty passive experience. To get your virtual hands a little dirtier, you might want to check out a game called Cake Mania. It’s a computer game (now available for Nintendo DS) where you run your own virtual ... Read More »

World’s best restaurants 2007

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Restaurant magazine has put out their annual list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. The list hasn’t changed too much in the last year, with only four new entries. The top 6 remaining the same, while numbers 7-10 only shifted around a little. Eight restaurants from the US made the list - French Laundry, Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Daniel, Charlie Trotter’s, Alinea and Chez ... Read More »

English Muffins

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I love breakfast foods and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Coffee cake? Oatmeal? Waffles? So, instead of picking one to elevate over the rest, I’ll just add another classic to the long list of fabulous ways to start the day: homemade english muffins. Doubtless, you have had one of the griddle-cooked muffins  at some time or another. An english muffin is relatively ... Read More »

Anti-obesity baby food

The subject of children and obesity is controversial enough on its own, but scientists in Scotland are working on something that is sure to take the debate to a new level. They are developing a diet supplement for infants that will supress hunger, which will supposedly prevent them from growing up fat. The formula, which contains a hormone called leptin, was developed in response to animal ... Read More »

Top Design meets Top Chef, sort of

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Bravo has some great reality shows. I really enjoyed watching this season of Top Design and, (obviously), I am a big fan of Top Chef. If only the network would combine the two, I imagine that contestants might produce cakes like the one above, which is entirely edible. Or at least, they would if the contest involved baking. Via Neatorama, I found this page of fantastically ... Read More »

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