Fill n’ Stack Pancakes

Be still my heart. Williams Sonoma is offering up a pancake mold that does more than just help control the spread of pancake batter. The Fill n’ Stack Pancake mold actually allows you to take breakfast to a whole new level of design by creating a tower of pancakes with a ready-to-fill well in the center that can be a jumping off point for hundreds ... Read More »

No-Bake Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust

Vanilla Cheesecake with Thin Mint Crust, waiting to be eaten

When I started out on my self-appointed task to make homemade versions of some popular Girl Scout cookies, I didn’t have any problem picking out Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Tagalongs as my top choices. But I thought it might be fun to throw in a recipe that used Girl Scout cookies, too, and this is that recipe. I opted to use the ever-popular Thin Mints – ... Read More »

The Good Home Cookbook

The Good Home Cookbook

Sometimes I suspect that it is more difficult to find a good all-purpose cookbook than any other type of cookbook. There are so many baking books, grilling books, celebrity books and beautifully illustrated, single-subject cookbooks out that they dominte the cooking section of every bookstore. And, of course, I absolutely love these cookbooks, but that being said, I also love having reliable cookbooks that I ... Read More »

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

Steel Cut Oatmeal with Caramelized Apples

In the winter, especially when it’s raining (or snowing, for that matter, though that’s pretty unlikely in most of southern California) and cold, I can’t think of a better way to start the day than a hot bowl of oatmeal. Ok – maybe staying in bed under the warm covers is a better way, but since we all have to get up sometime, oatmeal is ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Homemade Girl Scout Cookies: Tagalongs

Tagalongs, or Peanut Butter Patties, seem to be one of the less remarkable Girl Scout cookies. Everyone likes them, but no one ever seems to call them out as their favorite. My feeling is that these cookies are very reminiscent of candies like peanut butter cups and I think we can all agree that they are a hard act to follow because the combination is ... Read More »

Oil versus extract in baking

There is no doubt that flavorings are crucial to good baking. Spices and extracts are probably two of the most important types of ingredients to have in the kitchen after the baking basics. Spices are straightforward, even if you buy the kind that you must grind yourself, but the category of extracts and oils stumps many home chefs. An extract is a concentrated flavoring that ... Read More »

Foodie Fonts

a very cheese-y font

I have quite the font collection on my computer, probably hundreds of them collected from free font download websites and various computer programs that I’ve installed over the years. It’s not that I use all of them, but just like in the kitchen, it’s nice to have options. So, when I saw that YumSugar picked out a list of 10 Fonts That Will Make You ... Read More »

Where to find giant chocolate chips

see's super chips

You can’t go wrong with regular chocolate chips. From cookies and cakes to ice cream mix-ins, that standard size seems to always work out beautifully, delivering just the right punch of chocolate in each morsel. But it is nice to have options because there are times when you want to scale up or down just a bit. Mini chocolate chips, for instance, work out even ... Read More »

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