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When I make an ice cream cake, it’s usually for a party or a barbecue and, since there are a lot of people to serve, I usually opt to make a full-size sheet cake, like my Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake. There’s no reason that ice cream cake can’t be turned into ice cream cupcakes, however, and Joy the Baker used my two favorite ... Read More »

OXO Corn Stripper

While I love to eat corn straight off the cob, it’s not everyone’s favorite way to eat the sweet, seasonal vegetable. The cobs can be difficult to handle and you need to have toothpicks or floss available after you eat. Cutting the corn off of the cob eliminates both of these problems and still gives you the freshest corn possible. A sharp kitchen knife is ... Read More »

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread

Sweet Corn and Carrot Cornbread, buttered

Savory, unsweetened cornbread may be considered by some to be the ideal choice for sopping up chili and barbecue sauce, but I prefer my cornbread to be a little on the sweet side. Since corn is naturally sweet, I feel like a little bit of sugar or honey can really make a cornbread stand out – and neither will keep cornbread from being a good ... Read More »

Bubby’s Homemade Pies

At first, “Bubby” sounds like a nickname for someone’s grandmother or great-grandmother, but perhaps to readers from NYC, the name will immediately spark thoughts of delicious, homemade pies because Bubby’s is a New York institution for pie. Bubby’s Homemade Pies is their cookbook and, while it sounds (and actually looks) like something that grandma “Bubby” might have put together, it offers more recipes for pie ... Read More »

Big Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

If you’re only going to have one type of muffin in your recipe repertoire, it should be a blueberry muffin. Blueberry muffins are almost universally popular and would probably be the breakfast muffin mascot if there were such a thing. Since they’re so popular, there are lots of blueberry muffin recipes around and, while some better than others, it’s pretty easy to find a decent ... Read More »

What is wondra flour?

Wondra flour is an ingredient sometimes called for in baking recipes, mostly in some pie crust and tart crust recipes that promise a flaky and tender crust. It is actually a brand name for a type of instant flour and, because the brand is so widespread, the name Wondra tends to be used in recipes. Instant flour is low protein, finely ground flour that has ... Read More »

Mojito Fruit Salad

Fruit is a wonderful snack on its own, but when it comes to serving, it’s nice to be able to do something a little more interesting than just setting out a bowl of apples or grapes – especially when we’re coming up on Memorial Day and the summer barbecue/party season. A fruit salad is an easy way to dress up fruit as a side dish ... Read More »

Rectangular, Revolving Cake Stand

Rectangular, Revolving Cake Stand

I’ve been making quite a few cakes lately – no, not all have appeared here because most of them are repeats of some of my favorite classic chocolate and vanilla cakes – and I’ve been spending a lot of my time frosting. The tricky thing about frosting a cake (assuming that you’re starting with some tasty and relatively easy to work with frosting) is really ... Read More »

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