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Martha Stewart cupcake boxes

Martha Stewart cupcake boxes

One of the things I like best about buying cookies, cupcakes, donuts or other sweets from a bakery is the box that the food always comes in. It’s not that the (usually pink) cardboard is so fancy or elegant, just that you know immediately upon seeing it that it holds something tasty. It’s also something that an ordinary cake carrier can’t quite compete with. Restaurant ... Read More »

Yogurt Rice Pudding

yoghurt rice pudding

Rice pudding is a favorite dish of mine, though I don’t have all that often. The dish that has been around for centuries, and has traveled around the globe from culture to culture, with few changes to the basic recipe – rice cooked until creamy with milk – along the way, if you look past the added spices and flavorings that tend to get thrown ... Read More »

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant

It is difficult to cook for one. Or rather, it is difficult to cook for one in the same way that you might cook for a group of two or more. Not only are most recipes formulated to serve more than one person, but there is often a natural sense of motivation that comes from cooking with or for someone else that just isn’t quite ... Read More »

Popovers

  Popovers are a great all-purpose recipe to have in your collection. They’re easy to make, relatively low in fat and require very few ingredients. They have a slightly crisp exterior that opens to reveal a tender, custardy interior. With jam or honey, they make a great breakfast snack, and can also be served plain or with butter as an accompaniment to a savory meal. They ... Read More »

Starbucks recipes at home

starbucks recipe card

This fall, you might notice that Starbucks is doing something a little bit different. They have always offered food-pairing suggestions as a way to push pastry sales alongside drink sales, but the coffee chain is passing out recipes so that you can try your hand at making some coffee shop treats at home to pair with your coffee. Starbucks is doing this as part of a collaboration ... Read More »

Deep Fried Cookie Dough wins fair food contest

All fair foods get their start in one of two ways: as an idea floating in the back of someone’s mind or when someone accidentally drops something unusual in their deep fryer. The The entries this time around included seven deep fried treats: Deep Fried Latte Fried pastry topped with cappuccino ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and instant coffee powder. Fried Cookie Dough Cookie ... Read More »

Do it yourself microwave popcorn

homemade popcorn

Now that “Popcorn Workers’ Lung” (more formally known as “bronchiolitis obliterans”) has been found outside of microwave popcorn production factories, the suggestion that we should avoid microwaved popcorn is all over the news. Health and safety should take precedence over snack foods, but all the same, the taste and convenience of microwave popcorn is hard to match. Fortunately, you can make your own microwave popcorn ... Read More »

Why you need a cooling rack

In just about every single recipe I write – with the possible exceptions of things that require refrigeration/freezing instead of baking – and almost all of those that I read, the instructions call for you to “cool on a wire rack” after your baked good is pulled from the oven. Cooling racks really are an essential piece of equipment for a baker. They create a ... Read More »

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