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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 »

Devil’s Food White Out Layer Cake

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There is nothing not to love about this cake, which explains why Dorie Greenspan chose to use it as the cover illustration for her most recent book, Baking, from My Home to Yours. First, it is stunning to look at. From afar, the cake appears to be covered with chocolate shavings or sprinkles, but upon closer inspection, you can see that it is decorated with cake ... Read More »

Silicone or metal whisks?

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There has been a definite upswing in the number of silicone products in the kitchenware department of most stores. Some of the products, like spatulas, basting brushes and pot holders, work wonderfully. Others don’t. Silicone bakeware, for example, continues to pop up in new shapes and sizes despite the fact that it never performs as well in comparison tests with more traditional (metal, glass, pyrex, etc.) bakeware. One silicone ... Read More »

California might add nutrition information to restaurant menus

It’s easy to pick out healthy items on a restaurant menu, right? A quick quiz conducted by the California Center for Public Health Advocacy found that 68% of surveyed Californians couldn’t pick out the low calorie, low salt, high fat or high calorie items from a list of dishes on the menus at Denny’s, Chili’s, McDonald’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill chain restaurants. 27% only got ... Read More »

Self-heating drinks back on the market

Months ago, Wolfgang Puck released a line of shelf-stable coffee drinks that were packaged in self-heating cups. The heavily insulated plastic containers had a button on the bottom that, when pressed, caused a small amount of water to be released and mixed with calcium oxide stored in a compartment within the package. Long story short, the reaction between the two caused the temperature of the ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Can you ever have too much chocolate in one cookie? Some would say not, although I would argue that it depends on how much you love chocolate and what your definition of a “cookie” is. These Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies might not fall into the “too much” category, but they definitely have an intense chocolate taste and are more than enough to satisfy any chocolate ... Read More »

Homemade Cow Tales and cupcakes

Cow Tales are long, thin rolls of chewy caramel filled with a melt-in-your-mouth vanilla cream. The candy is made by Goetze and, as delicious as they are, they can be relatively difficult to find. Instead of hunting down a store that carries them or paying for shipping from an online candy vendor, you can do just what the cupcake queen did and make a batch ... Read More »

Ethel’s Chocolate

Ethel M is a Nevada-based chocolate company founded in 1981 by Forrest Mars, Sr., the man whose family began the Mars candy company. The “M” in “Ethel M” actually stands for “Mars,” while “Ethel” is a reference to Mr. Mars’s mother, whose recipes he used to make the chocolates he remembered from his childhood. Mars set up shop outside of Las Vegas and Ethel M’s ... Read More »

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