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Guittard Cocoa Rouge Cocoa Powder, reviewed

Guittard Cocoa Rouge Cocoa Powder

There is very little chance that Guittard‘s Cocoa Rouge cocoa powder will be mistaken for any other brand. The powder is a rich mahogany color that sound stand out amidst a sea of other cocoas, which tend to be more on the brownish side of the spectrum. It delivers a very rich chocolate flavor and, although it looks red coming out of the can, doesn’t ... Read More »

Honeyed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Honeyed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve mentioned before that honey is an interesting ingredient to use in baking because it has some unusual properties. Namely, in addition to sweetening up a recipe, it actually attracts and retains moisture. This means that baked goods that use honey will remain nice and moist, where similar baked goods without any honey may get a bit dry or stale. I find that chewy cookies, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

A savory cheesecake sounds like it would be a dish that is rich and heavy, if flavorful. 101 Cookbooks got around the heaviness problem by using ricotta cheese, not cream cheese, in her Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake. The cheesecake is packed with fresh herbs and veggies in addition to three types of cheese. Heidi says that it comes out like a very light, fresh quiche – ... Read More »

Homemade Raisins

Raisins in progress

There are two things that you should definitely try during the summer, when temperatures are high and you don’t really feel like cooking: baking cookies in your car and making homemade raisins. The former requires an 100F-or hotter day to work well. The latter simply requires a very warm sunny day, fresh grapes and patience. Homemade raisins are easy to make and the finished product ... Read More »

Summer BBQ USB Drives

It’s always handy to have an external memory source on hand when you do a lot of work on the computer, and there is no reason that that memory source needs to be dull or plain. I’ve mentioned Freshly Baked USBs before, which are portable USB memory sticks that are shaped like tiny baked goods. Even better than that batch – especially with the summer ... Read More »

Chocolate Custards

Chocolate Custards

I have an easy time using up extra egg whites when I have them because I have a general affinity for egg white heavy desserts (not to mention high protein egg white omeletes for breakfast!). Angel food cakes, pavlova, macaroons… the list goes on. I have a much harder time using up egg yolks, especially when I have a lot of them to contend with. ... Read More »

Sydney Food

Sydney Food

Sydney Food isn’t a new cookbook, but it is one that has a special place in on my cookbook shelf and I decided to bring it up because I recently recovered my long-misplaced copy from the back of not often used bookcase. The cookbook is by Australian chef Bill Granger, who is known for creating dishes that are seasonal, simple and full of flavor. I ... Read More »

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

White Chocolate Mocha Bianca

In Berkeley, this drink is know as a Mocha Bianca, and I’m willing to bet it’s one of the more popular coffee drinks enjoyed on and around the UC Berkeley campus. Outside of Berkeley, coffee chains and independent coffee shops alike tend to call this drink a White Chocolate Mocha. No matter what you call it, it’s a tasty and simple drink to make. A ... Read More »

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