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What does cook until thick mean?

Coating the back of a spoon

“Stir until thick” (or “stir until thickened”) might be one of the most difficult expressions in cooking to interpret when you’re just starting out. How can you tell when your sauce/custard/pudding is thick? How do you know it is thick enough? And what does “coat the back of a spoon” mean? The reason that these questions are so confusing is that there is no standard ... Read More »

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

I’m a bit of a science geek. Maybe that’s why I enjoy baking so much: the proportions, the measurements, the reactions that turn a pile of ingredients into a cake or cookie. It’s definitely why I own this S’mores Tee that gives the dimensions of the components and the PSI needed to put them together to create the perfect s’more (not something most of us ... Read More »

Homemade Ice Cream Drumsticks

Homemade Ice Cream Drumstick!

I spent a lot of time at the park when I was little. I did all kinds of things: biking, roller skating, playing soccer and just about any other sport/activity you can think of alone or with my friends. One of my favorite activities – if I had a bit of change in my pocket – was paying a visit to the ice cream truck ... Read More »

Cakes for Kids

Cakes for Kids

When it comes to cakes, I like to make mine simple. It’s rare when you’ll find me frosting a cake with more than just an offset spatula to spread on a thin and unadorned layer of buttercream, although I do like to top them off with a bit of chocolate sometimes. But even though I’m not usually tempted to recreate cake designs that catch my ... Read More »

Yogurt ‘Cheesecake’ Souffles

Can a dessert be a cheesecake when it doesn’t start with cheese? My gut feeling tells me that it can’t. In spite of that, I can’t resist calling these little yogurt-based souffles, “cheesecake souffles” because they taste exactly like a light and fluffy cheesecake – only without all the calories and fat of a “real cheesecake.” When I first set about making these, I was ... Read More »

In Season Summer Fruits

fresh watermelon

Temperatures are rising quickly now and spring has gone by much faster than it should have! But with the change in season, we get a change in the produce that is available to us and an opportunity to use a whole new batch of fruits and veggies in our kitchens. Naturally, fruits are generally more applicable to baking than veggies are. In spring, I mentioned ... Read More »

Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

Almost nothing beats a sweet and creamy mango when it is at peak ripeness. Nothing except the pairing of mango and sticky rice. The thing that really makes the Thai combination delicious is that the rice is lightly sweetened and flavored with coconut milk. Combined with the starchiness of the rice, the coconut milk gives the dessert a very rich texture. It blends well with ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Vanilla Marshmallows, reviewed

Trader Joe's Vanilla Marshmallows

A few months ago, Trader Joe’s jumped on the gourmet marshmallow bandwagon and started selling peppermint marshmallows for the holiday season. They were pretty awful – overly sugary and aggressively minty – and it’s no surprise that they didn’t last long. Because of my previous experience, I was a bit apprehensive about trying out their new Vanilla Marshmallows when I saw them this week. My ... Read More »

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