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Bakery on Mount Everest

Bakery on Mount Everest

You haven’t had a problem with high altitude baking until you’ve tried baking at the highest habitable altitude on earth: the Mount Everest base camp. The base camp is at about 17,550 ft and is home to the world’s highest bakery. It was founded by an avid mountaineer who noted that there was little, if any, socialization between the expeditions clustered at the Everest base ... Read More »

Spoon Scale

I almost overlooked this little Spoon Scale when I saw it mentioned on Not Martha, and I’m quite sure I might have overlooked it in a kitchen store simple because it is so small. Needless to say, I’m glad I didn’t. The Spoon Scale is a little electronic scale that is about the size (and, of course, the shape) of a fairly regular measuring spoon. ... Read More »

Roasted Garlic Grilled Flatbread

Roasted Garlic Grilled Flatbread

It’s been a little bit warmer than usual here on the west coast for the past couple of days. In fact, it’s been downright hot. I’ve been spending a lot of time indoors and, while that usually means I’m going to do even more baking than usual, have had only a minimal desire to turn on my oven and risk heating up my kitchen. Instead, ... Read More »

Hello, Cupcake!

Hello, Cupcake!

Sometimes, cookbooks just don’t have enough pictures. Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make is one cookbook that does not have this problem. The book is all about creative and impressive ways to decorate cupcakes, from making werewolves from cookies and frosting to painting a sugary reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The book is broken up into chapters by theme, so it’s easy ... Read More »

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cakes are one of the best summertime desserts out there. While a cold mousse or a simple strawberry tart might make the covers of food magazines, nothing lights up a gathering of hot, hungry people like a gorgeous ice cream cake – especially if there are kids involved. And, of course, I feel that a homemade cake is always better than an store ... Read More »

Browned butter vs. clarified butter

melting butter

Last week I talked about how to make browned butter, butter that is cooked until the milk solids in it become brown and toasty, giving the butter a warm brown color and a wonderfully rich flavor. It is not the same as clarified butter. Clarified butter is also used in a liquid state, but is made in a different way. It starts with regular unsalted ... Read More »

How to make an ice cream cake

Ice cream cake, freshly sliced

Ice cream cakes, like graham crackers and puff pastry, are not something that most people thing about making. They’re something that most people think about buying, and when they do run down to the local ice cream shop (whether it’s a chain, a grocery store or a familly-owned place), they’re buying the cakes for the look of the overall dessert and the taste of the ... Read More »

Things Cooks Love

Food and kitchen catalogs are just as much fun to get in the mail as the latest issue of a favorite food magazine. From stores like, Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table, it’s always interesting to see what new products are out and how they can be used. Even better is that now many stores are including recipes alongside related products in the catalogs and ... Read More »

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