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Today and tomorrow are two of the busiest cooking days of the year because of Thanksgiving, so I was tempted to skip BfoB today simply because I figure that everyone is busy with the recipes they already have. But, as usual, everything looked so good that I couldn’t resist. The Chocolate and Caramelized Banana Cake from Cafe Fernando looks amazing, and is very unusual for ... Read More »

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latte

I like to remake versions of my favorite coffee shop drinks at home when I can. It saves money, it’s easier than running out to pick one up at the coffeehouse and it allows me to play around with my options a little bit more than I could otherwise. In the past, I’ve done Mexican Spice Ice Blendeds, Pumpkin Spice Mochas and winter-spiced coffee. This ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels, reviewed

tj's sea salt caramels

Fans of Trader Joe’s know that this time of year is when the stores roll out their holiday food items. Rather than simple packaging changes (from “regular” to “holiday”), TJ’s always has a big selection of chocolates, biscotti, nuts and other gifty, snackable products on their shelves. The very first items that caught my eye this season were the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels. You ... Read More »

Maple Cornbread

cornbread with maple syrup and butter

Sweet or savory, I like cornbread in just about any form it comes in. But if I have to choose between the two, I’ll opt for slightly sweet over savory almost every time. This is simply because I feel that sweet cornbread is slightly more versatile. It goes well with chilis, meats and other savory/spicy foods and can also be eaten with jam for breakfast. ... Read More »

Let Them Eat Flax

letthemeatflax

Although the name might lead you to suspect otherwise, Let Them Eat Flaxis not a cookbook about all the different ways to incorporated flax into your diet. The book is a collection of short articles that discuss some of the facts and fiction around nutrition and food science. Dr. Joe Schwarcz seems to specialize in simplifying the often complex details of an issue – how ... Read More »

Caramel-Glazed Apple Spice Cupcakes

cranberry applesauce cupcakes with caramel glaze

When I made my big batch of cranberry applesauce last week, I wasn’t sure what do do with all of it. I’m not really into canning and, when I make something like applesauce or jam, I prefer just to work my way through it right away. Jam is more limited in its uses, but applesauce can have a variety of applications beyond being a simple ... Read More »

How to use pie weights

blind baked crust

Pie weights are used to weight down pie or tart pastry when you are baking. They’re typically used when a crust has to be partially baked – blind baked – before filling to ensure that the crust keeps its shape. If they’re not used, the pastry will often pull away from the sides of your pie plate and shrink or distort its shape. To use ... Read More »

Baking breads with softer crusts

Do you prefer bread with a really crackly, crispy crust or bread with a soft and tender crust? The more bread I bake, the more I find that people fall into one of these two categories with their preferences and, while they may enjoy other breads, they ultimately want the one with their crust of choice.  As people start to bake their own breads, the ... Read More »

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