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Homemade Garlic Croutons

During the summer, I tend to eat a lot more salads than I do during other times of the year. Veggies are fresher and tastier (and, if I’m lucky, some are even home-grown) and it’s usually hot enough that I don’t feel like cooking hot foods – let alone like eating them. Cold salads are refreshing, as well as tasty, and they’re just ideal for ... Read More »

Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

Cool Touch Oven Rack Guard

We all try to be as careful as possible when working in the kitchen. Hot pans, ovens, utensils and often boiling water are everywhere and can easily cause the occasional (or more than occasional) burn. Even if you have hands of stone, a burn is never fun and should be avoided at all costs. Potholders and dishtowels can help to protect your hands from most ... Read More »

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies

I like carrot cake enough to wonder why there aren’t more carrot cake-like concoctions around. The cake is known for being moist and spicy – attributes that are prized in many baked goods, after all. In playing around with the idea, I decided to try carrot cake in combination with an oatmeal cookie and was really happy with the result. The cookies are your standard ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

When you picture a summery fruit tart, you probably think of a tart topped with bright kiwi slices, strawberries, blueberries and maybe even bananas or oranges. Fresh from the Oven went a slightly different route and made a Summer Mango Tart with heaps of sunny, sweet mango slices. The base of the tart is a pastry cream. I think that Mandy put it best when ... Read More »

How to line a springform pan

a springform pan

Springform pans are a unique type of bakeware. Round and high-sided, the pans do not have fixed sides. Instead, they have an adjustable ring that forms the sides of a cake or torte and fits onto a bottom plate with the aid of a spring or clamp. The advantage of this type of pan is that a delicate baked good can be removed from the ... Read More »

Chef’s Choice Waffle Cone Maker

Walk into almost any ice cream parlor (and the first thing that you’ll notice is a delicious, warm smell. It’s not the ice cream, it’s the smell of homemade waffle cones. Or, at least, it was the standard and should still be. A lot of chain-type ice cream shops have nixed the from-scratch waffle cones and, while there are plenty of ice cream stores and ... Read More »

New York Style Sour Cream Cheesecake

New York Style Sour Cream Cheesecake, whole

Cheesecakes can be creamy or fluffy, dense or light, and silky or feathery in texture. As long as there is cream cheese in the recipe, it still pretty much qualifies as a cheesecake no matter what specific kind of cheesecake it is. There is only one kind of cheesecake that tends to deliver the same feel over and over because it is so well-established: the ... Read More »

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

Pops! Icy Treats for Everyone

When it’s 113F outside, it’s hard to think about anything at all, let alone the prospect of moving more than a foot or two at a time. If anything can motivate me through blistering summer heat (and yes, it actually was 110F+ in these parts over the past few days), it’s the thought of a freezing cold, delicious ice cream cone or popsicle. The recipes ... Read More »

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