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Convenience food doesn’t always save time

The lure of convenience foods – frozen lasagna, bagged salad, heat-and-serve desserts – is the idea that they are big time savers. You can get a lot out of them with minimal effort, while making lasagna and pie from scratch could take quite some time. But there is a catch to the time-saving abilities of convenience food and that is the fact that people don’t ... Read More »

Pre-measured baking liners

silicone liners

I almost always use either parchment paper or a nonstick silicone silpat to line my baking sheets. It’s a snap to pull off a sheet and lay it on the pan, and it always saves me time on cleanup on top of preventing cookies, etc. from sticking. When it comes to other pans – loaf pans, cake pans, pie plates – I don’t always bother ... Read More »

NZ hospitals ban full-sized chocolate bars

Because the local health board is seeking to set a good example of healthy eating, hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand will no longer be permitted to stock full-sized candy bars in their vending machines. With a limit of 800 kj (approx. 190 calories) per snack, doctors, nurses, other staff members and those waiting worriedly to hear about how their loved ones are doing will not be ... Read More »

Get recipes at the grocery store

recipe kiosk

How often have you gone shopping without a clear idea of what you need, or without ideas for recipes that you’d like to make? Some supermarkets on the East Coast – namely the Food Lion-owned Bloom markets in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina – have tried to eliminate this problem with the introduction of a new technology to their stores. ShoptoCook‘s specialty kiosks ... Read More »

Bite-Sized Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroons

 There are many different ways to make a macaroon. Some are almost meringues, ethereally light with minimal amounts of coconut. Others are dense and sticky, rich with ingredients like coconut cream or sweetened condensed milk. They can be cooked until just barely firm enough to hold together or until crisp and brown on the outside, with a hint of crunch from caramelized sugar. I’m a ... Read More »

Eating Cuban

Eating Cuban

Good recipes are a crucial ingredient for a cookbook and everything else – photography, background information, stories, tips – is just icing on the cake. But that icing is what takes a cookbook from being good, to being great, and Eating Cuban: 120 Recipes from the Streets of Havana to American Shores fits neatly into that category. Reading the book is like traveling to Cuba. It ... Read More »

Fresh Fruit and Cream Cheese Tart

chocolate strawberry close up

When you walk into a bakery, or even by the bakery section of the supermarket, what catches your eye? Is it the tray of perfectly decorated cupcakes? The seven-layer chocolate tortes? The piles of huge, perfectly-formed chocolate chip and shortbread cookies? Each and every option has its appeal (which is precisely why bakeries cleverly use clear cases to showcase their product), but I would put ... Read More »

Best Worst Ugly Cake

ugly cake makers

At the Ohio State Fair this week, a very unusual cake contest was held. Children were challenged to come up with the “Best Worst Ugly Cake,” using an angel food cake and a wide variety of gross and/or scary accessories. Nails, screws, razor blades and steel wool topped one cake, creating a dentist’s nightmare, and others relied on leaves, twigs, fake rats and artificial body ... Read More »

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