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White Whole Wheat Sour Cream Pancakes

White Whole Wheat Sour Cream Pancakes, eating in progress

When I was a kid, the reason I loved going out for pancakes on a Sunday morning was the syrup. Or rather, the syrups. Any diner or pancake house that had a variety of syrups that included a couple of fruit-flavored ones got a big thumbs up in my book. I still like the touch that fruit adds to maple syrup and, when I happen ... Read More »

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bars

Chocolate chip cookies range from crispy to chewy, and hit every possible texture in between. Oatmeal raisin cookies, on the other hand, almost always aim for a nice, chewy consistency. This chewiness mimics the chewiness of the raisins baked into the dough and gives the cookies a uniform texture where individual flavors can stand out. At least, that’s my theory. I made this batch of ... Read More »

What is lemon verbena?

Lemon verbena

Turn the pages of almost any cooking magazine and you’re likely to come across an ingredient that sounds both familiar and unfamiliar at the same time: lemon verbena. Granted, it might not be in every issue of every magazine, but it has gone from an uncommon ingredient to one that even very mainstream magazines (versus smaller circulation specialty mags) don’t hesitate to include. Lemon verbena ... Read More »

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates, reviewed

Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolates

For some, there are two kinds of chocolate: those for eating and those for baking. In my kitchen, the two tend to be one and the same. I’ve used chocolate bars like these Dove Silky Smooth Milk and Dark Chocolate Bars in baking before and have had great results. I tend to use bigger bars than these for things like chocolate chunk cookies, but for ... Read More »

Double Kitchen Timer

Double Kitchen Timer

My kitchen has several timers in it. There are timers built in to the microwave and oven, as well as timers on my radio/cd player and a magnetic timer that I stick to any handy surface. I could even use the alarm clock on my cell phone if I had to. It’s rare that I actually need to put all of them to use at ... Read More »

Whole Grain Blueberry Buckle

Whole Grain Blueberry Buckle

Crisps and cobblers are fairly common fruit desserts and, when you hear either one mentioned you probably have a clear idea of what to expect. Buckles fall into the same general category, but get a lot more questioning looks when mentioned than some other fruity desserts. A “buckle” is a fruit-laden cake that gets its name from the fact that the added moisture from all ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I actually have more than one cookbook with recipes for Joe Froggers in them, but most don’t really go into what the cookie is or how it got its name. Fortunately, Cake Spy did. They’re crispy molasses cookies that are rich in flavor and keep for a long time – making them great cookies to keep around the house and munch on from time to ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

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