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A Measuring Gaggle

A Measuring Gaggle

When I buy measuring cups, I always go for something functional rather than something funky and I usually opt for sets that are on sale somewhere – largely because I have a hard time resisting kitchen stuff I like when it’s on sale. There are times when I wish I weren’t so practical, however. This is the exact feeling that struck me when I saw ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

White Chocolate Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

¬†Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, chocolate chip… is white chocolate the least commonly used chocolate in baking? Sometimes it seems that way, and while the sweeter chocolate isn’t everyone’s go-to chocolate, it does have a lot to offer in some dishes. As evidence, I offer up these white chocolate cupcakes. They have a delicious white chocolate flavor – milky and sweet, with vanilla highlights¬†- ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

With Valentine’s Day this week, I wasn’t sure whether I should opt for Valentine’s Day-only Bites or if I should just stick to the usual non-holiday-specific assortment. Both options seemed tempting, so as I do when I’m presented with two good looking desserts at the same time, I decided to go with a little of both. The quiche I made the other week really hit ... Read More »

Do I need a flour sifter?

There are lots of recipes out there that call for sifted flour – particularly cake flour – and even more that ask you to sift together dry ingredients before incorporating them into the batter of whatever it is you’re making. Do you need to have a flour sifter to ensure that the recipes work properly? And for that matter, does flour really need to be ... Read More »

Valentine’s Day Sweets for sweeties

We’re getting down to the wire on Valentine’s Day, but there is still plenty of time to do a little bit of baking for your valentines – whether you have one or many. Chocolate is the first option on every list. Don’t fight it. I like to opt for smaller or individual chocolate treats because they seem cuter when compared to a huge cake. Dark ... Read More »

Simple Dark Chocolate Souffles

I think that a dark chocolate souffle is the quintessential Valentine’s Day dessert. Chocolate is practically required eating on Valentine’s and souffles, because they aren’t as commonly made as other types of desserts, always seem to be extra-special – perfect for sharing with that special someone. For all the mystique about them, souffles are not that hard to make. This one in particular is dead-easy ... Read More »

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook

The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook

There is certainly no shortage of recipes that use chocolate when it comes to baked goods, and there are plenty of chocolate-oriented cookbooks out there to choose from, so it can sometimes be difficult to recognize a good one on sight. The Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbookis one that you can get away with choosing based on its name alone. Ghirardelli has been one of the most ... Read More »

Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Panini

Rpast Beef and Caramelized Onion Panini

A sandwich doesn’t need to be complex to be delicious, but it does need quality ingredients to come out well. In most cases, it also helps if the sandwich is toasted, as well. I always have a method of toasting a sandwich at home, so once I hit the store to look for filling ingredients, the sandwiches seem to make themselves. This sandwich was completely ... Read More »

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