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Light Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse presentation

Mousses are wonderful summertime desserts. They are light, require no (or minimal) cooking and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to be served – and it is certainly hard to resist a cool dessert on a hot night. Chocolate mousse has to be one of the most popular mousses out there, and a rich, velvety chocolate mousse is the ideal dessert ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Ready for a quick look at some of the other recipes I’ve been checking out in the blogosphere this week? Kitchen Mage has some wonderful looking Leftover Oatmeal Bread that incorporates – you guessed it – leftover oatmeal, although you can use leftover cooked rice or other cereals, as well. I’ve done a similar loaf in the past, but hers looks outstanding. The Dark ChocolateTruffle ... Read More »

Baking cookies in a car

dashboard cookies

When it is hot outside – a very common occurance here in So. Cal in the summer – my car starts to feel like an oven if it is parked out in the sun. It never really occurred to me to try and capitalize on this heat, since my kitchen’s oven works so well and so reliably, but after hearing about a woman who regularly ... Read More »

Choosing or making a double boiler

“Double boiler” is the term that describes a two-pan setup, where an upper bowl is used to cook heat-sensitive food and a lower pan is used to simmer water to gently heat the upper bowl. The upper bowl is never exposed to direct heat in a double boiler setup, but is only heated from contact with the steam from the water in the lower bowl. ... Read More »

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars

vanilla cheesecake bars

Most of the people I know enjoy cheesecake and, if I had to guess, I would say that you probably know a lot of fans of the rich and creamydessert, too. But full-sized cheesecakes can be difficult to make. Water baths are often required to achieve the perfect texture and if you’re pressed for time, you can’t just wait around for a cheesecake to bake, ... Read More »

All American Desserts

All American Desserts cookbook

For some reason, especially around holidays during the summer, I get a craving to make lots of really classic American desserts. Strawberry shortcake, apple pie, star-spangled cupcakes. Since they’re all delicious desserts, I rarely make an attempt to fight this desire, and instead turn to a cookbook like All American Desserts to find the perfect dish. This cookbook is very comprehensive, with over 400 dessert ... Read More »

Malted Milk Ball Cookies, or Malteser Cookies

malteser cookies

If you’re in Canada, the UK or Australia, as well as a variety of other countries, you know them as Maltesers. If you’re in the US, you know them as Whoppers. The finer flavor points of the candies are often debated by fans of the individual brands, but no matter what you call them, they’re always delicious. The candies I’m referring to, of course, are ... Read More »

What is overmixing?

cookies, baked

When you’re reading through recipe instructions, particularly for baked goods, you probably come across the phrase “do not overmix” fairly often. The notion of “overmixing” can be confusing if you’re just getting into baking – after all, cookie dough is either mixed, or it isn’t, right? The final stage of making a cookie dough or cake batter often involves stirring flour, or a flour mixture, ... Read More »

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