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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 »

Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, sliced

When I decided to try my hand at this year’s million-dollar Pillsbury recipe, Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, I tweaked the prize-winning recipe by using a homemade peanut butter cookie dough in place of the refrigerated dough that the winning recipe called for. The change was a great idea and, while I’m sure that the store-bought dough cookies were good, I doubt that they were ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Crepes often have a very plain cheese at their center when they are filled. The rolled pancakes usually have a delicate flavor and texture on their own, and a mild cheese can work very well. Unfortunately, it can also be boring, which is why Zoe Bakes opted to use more flavorful chevre, lightened up with some whipped cream to give it a better texture, in ... Read More »

A bit about watermelons, storage and serving

watermelon

Watermelons are a great summertime treat and are usually in season from June through September. The season can be a bit longer on either side of that spectrum depending on weather and growing conditions. I happened to have some excellent watermelon just this morning – the first of the year for me – and wanted to take a moment to share a couple of reminders ... Read More »

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 »

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