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Foccacia dough is very similar to pizza dough: stretchy, thin and flavorful. Foccacia can be used for all kinds of toppings, too, even if a finish of herbs and olive oil is the most common. A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen used more pizza-like toppings to create Cornmeal Foccacio with Heirloom Tomatoes and Vidalia Onions. It’s a bit heartier than plainer foccacia and makes a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Canneles de Bordeaux, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cannele closeup

Canneles are a specialty kind of cake that originated over 2 centuries ago in the Bordeaux region of France. The little pastries are unique in that they have a crispy, caramelized outer coating and a soft, custardy center. Because of this contrast in textures, in addition to the fact that they are usually flavored with vanilla, canneles are sometimes referred to as “portable creme brulees.” ... Read More »

Illusion Dessert Bowls

Illusion Dessert Bowls

It really is true that we “taste with our eyes” to some extent when a plate of food is set in front of us. Appearance alone doesn’t trump taste, but it can really help elevate a dessert from being very tasty to being unforgettable. In other words, I’m happy to eat a brownie that has crumbled into bits after I tried (unsuccessfully) to remove it ... Read More »

Potato Chip Cookies

Potato Chip Cookies

My day to day lunches when I was in school were varied. There was always a sandwich (pb&j, chicken, turkey, etc.), some kind of juice or fruit and usually something salty, like pretzels or chips. The best days were inevitably the days I got all of my favorites: sandwich, apple, chips and a cookie. With this in mind, I am beginning to think that these ... Read More »

Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas

Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker's Atlas

The book Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas is not a new cookbook, but it is new in paperback and its republication is bound to bring it back into the spotlight. It was first published back in 1995, and won a James Beard Foundation Award for Cookbook of the year in 1996. The book explores global cuisine through recipes for flatbreads. With or without yeast, ... Read More »

Chocolate Truffle Coffee

Chocolate Truffle Coffee

This is a quick-fix coffee drink for any chocolate lover and, in my humble opinion, a bit better than your average mocha. The drink has a rich sounding name – Chocolate Truffle Coffee – but is anything but complex. All it involves is melting some chocolate truffles into hot coffee. Truffles have such a strong chocolate flavor that they are a great way to add ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

A swiss roll is the same thing as a jelly roll: a thin sponge cake that is rolled up into a spiral and filled with a sweet filling of some kind. The cake itself is simple and plain. Unlike butter cakes, which tend to crack or crumble when they are handled a lot, this type of sponge cake is very pliable. It is easy to ... Read More »

Large Eggs vs. Extra Large Eggs in baking

Carton of Large Eggs

Eggs are classified by size all over the world. The standard size of a chicken egg in the US is “large” and refers to an egg that is about 60 grams (from 57 to 64g, actually). Anything outside this range gets a different size designation: small, medium, extra large, jumbo. Since most commercially produced eggs fall into the large category, every recipe written in the ... Read More »

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