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New York Style Sour Cream Cheesecake

New York Style Sour Cream Cheesecake, whole

Cheesecakes can be creamy or fluffy, dense or light, and silky or feathery in texture. As long as there is cream cheese in the recipe, it still pretty much qualifies as a cheesecake no matter what specific kind of cheesecake it is. There is only one kind of cheesecake that tends to deliver the same feel over and over because it is so well-established: the ... Read More »

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

When it’s 113F outside, it’s hard to think about anything at all, let alone the prospect of moving more than a foot or two at a time. If anything can motivate me through blistering summer heat (and yes, it actually was 110F+ in these parts over the past few days), it’s the thought of a freezing cold, delicious ice cream cone or popsicle. The recipes ... Read More »

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer is a golfer, widely considered to be one of the best golfers in history, in fact. Arnold Palmer is also a drink and, as this is a food blog and not a sports one, it’s also the one that I’m talking about today. The drink is a mixture of half iced tea and half lemonade and for many – including Arnold Palmer and ... Read More »

Country Wheat Bread

Country Wheat Bread

Generally speaking, you get the best breads when you work with bread flour, especially if you want to create “rustic” type breads that have an open crumb with lots of large air pockets. The challenge comes when you want to use other types of flour to make a loaf of bread. We may want to live off white bread alone, but whole grain breads can ... Read More »

ToasTites

toastite sandwich

Before there were panini, there were ToasTites – at least, that’s the way it happened in my house. A ToasTite (also “toas tite,”as two words or with a hyphen) is a grilled sandwich maker. To the best of my knowledge, they originated in the 1930s and 1940s and were made to cook sandwiches over a hot, open flame. The earliest models have round toasting plates ... Read More »

What is a cake heating core?

No one likes an undercooked cake and the bigger a cake pan you’re using, the more difficult it can be to achieve even baking without over-browning the top and sides of the cake. Heat radiates through the cake from the sides of the baking pan and, while not a problem for smaller cakes, larger pans will easily be overdone on the sides before they are ... Read More »

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that turn out to be the most satisfying because you get the best return on flavor for your investment of [not much] time. These bars are like that. Shortbread is a very basic kind of cookie to make that the bars are made up of shortbread, using the exact same mixture for the crust and the crumble topping. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

There is a reason that Snickers bars are so popular: the combination of milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat is a wonderful one. Tartelette took the flavors of this favorite candy bar and turned the ordinary chocolate treat into something much more elegant, Snickers Macarons. The delicate macarons are flavored with peanuts and cocoa (as opposed to just hazelnuts or almonds) and are filled with ... Read More »

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