Push-n-Pull Tool

Push-n-Pull Tool in action

Imagine this: you’re baking a pair of 8-inch round cakes, intending to make a layer cake once they have baked and cooled. The cakes are in the oven cooking away and you notice that they are browning unevenly. You open the oven, reach inside to adjust the pans and after moving the first pan, jump back with a yelp because you accidentally touched the wall of ... Read More »

Coconut Cream Pie

coconut cream pie

 Cream pies, more than any other, seem to scream ”comfort food” - even if you (like me) generally tend to prefer fruit pies, like apple. They’re not merely satisfying, but they’re so indulgent that you have to set aside any concerns about overly decadent desserts to fully enjoy the smooth, rich custard and fluffy whipped cream of the pies. Perhaps it’s comforting to not have – or to ... Read More »


The hunt for baking inspiration often leads me away from some of my go-to cookbooks and on a search for ones with more unusual recipes. I’m not always inclined to purchase such cookbooks, as there are many that I know I won’t cook from regardless of how inspirational they are (some of the cookbooks where the pastries might be mistaken for exhibits at a modern ... Read More »

White Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

White Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Slathered in butter, dipped in gravy, soaking up sauce – dinner rolls can certainly play a very important roll in an evening meal. This isn’t to say that they’re required, but there is a reason that so many restaurants will put out a basket of dinner rolls for every table that comes in. The inspiration for these dinner rolls came from Susan at Farmgirl Fare, who mentioned ... Read More »

EW bakes with sugar substitutes

Eating Well's 'sugar' cookies

There is really nothing that can replace real sugar when it comes to baking, especially when it comes to sweets and pastries. Sugar sweetens, enhances other flavors and acts as a preservative in most baked goods. It also adds a lot of calories that not everyone wants and can, for other medical reasons, be off-limits to some people. There are lots of sugar alternatives on ... Read More »

Girl Scout Cookie season and trans fats

Girl Scout Cookies

Homemade cookies are always the best in my book, but because I was a girl scout when I was little, I have a soft spot for girl scout cookies. Actually, I used to have a soft spot for girl scout cookes. Given that the cookies increase in price every year without an increase (and sometimes with a decrease!) in quality, it’s hard to keep standing ... Read More »

Inside the KA test kitchen

Like Anna at Cookie Madness, I didn’t know that King Arthur flour had a baking blog of their own until just recently. The blog is an interesting one because it gives us a little peek inside of a test kitchen, where there KA staff come up with their recipesand develop new product ideas for their catalogue. These new ideas are really what make the blog worth ... Read More »

Make your own cookie cutters

Make your own cookie cutters

It’s not hard to find cookie cutters in just about any shape you might want to bake a cookie in. All you need to do is Google around until you find a webstore that carries your design of choice – and there are thousands out there. Now, if you want to head out to the store and pick up an unusual cookie cutter, or are ... Read More »

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