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Don’t forget to ask Aida!

Today is the last day to submit baking questions to the Ask Aida show on the Food Network. So far, lots of great questions have been asked In case you  need some inspiration, or are looking for a quick answer, take a look at some of the baking questions I’ve previously answered on Baking Bites: How to rotate multiple cakes while baking  Why you need ... Read More »

Build-a-Bear Cake Pan

Build-a-Bear Cakes

I admit that I didn’t know much about the Build-a-Bear workshop until the last year or so, when I met some kids who were big fans. It’s a cute concept: a store where kids can design custom teddy bears. If I wasn’t already familiar with the place, I would never have associated the Build-A-Bear Workshop Cake Pan with the chain of stores and would simply ... Read More »

Ranger Cookies

Ranger Cookies

Often, I like cookies that have one or two main ingredients that stand out. Chocolate chip cookies. Cinnamon-rolled snickerdoodles. Peanut butter cookies. But every once in a while it’s fun to indulge in a cookie that has a little bit of everything in it and these Ranger Cookies are the perfect example of that. I’ve seen these “everything cookies” show up under many names before, ... Read More »

Puff

Puff is a cute single-subject cookbook focused on one ingredient: puff pastry. Because the holiday season comes hand-in-hand with entertaining, I find that I stock up on puff pastry more than any other time of the year. Puff pastry is just a simple dough with a light and flaky texture and, although it is buttery, not much personality on its own. It is this relative ... Read More »

Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

You can’t beat a cobbler for delivering a lot of fruity flavor with minimal effort. It takes less work than pie and less time to bake than a cake – especially because it is best when eaten still warm from the oven. Berries are a great choice for a cobbler base. They release a lot of naturally sweet juice during baking and the biscuit-like topping ... Read More »

Your Chance to Ask Aida!

If you’ve watched anything on the Food Network in the past few months, you’ve probably seen ads for one of the network’s newest shows, Ask Aida. Aida Mollenkamp is an extremely well-rounded chef who answers viewer’s questions while she prepares food on her show, giving the program a much more interactive feel than most others. She usually takes questions submitted via e-mail and video, but ... Read More »

Stuffing vs dressing, and regional preferences

Every year at Thanksgiving, the seemingly age-old debate arises as to what exactly constitutes stuffing and what constitutes dressing. Both “stuffing” and “dressing” are terms applied to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish of a most, seasoned bread (or other starch, like rice of potatoes) and vegetable mixture. It is either cooked inside the turkey or alongside the bird, and your preferred term for the dish ... Read More »

Twilight-Themed Vampire Treats

Twilight, the movie, comes out this week. If you’re a fan of the book series looking for a way to celebrate the release of the much-anticipated film, why not make some vampire-themed treats? Bloody Marys and other red drinks are obvious choices, but you’ll really impress your friends (or your child and his/her friends, which may be even more important) if you put together a ... Read More »

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