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Browning butter in the microwave

Browned butter in the microwave

Browned butter is made by cooking butter until the milk solids in the butter begin to toast and turn a lovely brown color. This is typically done on the stove in a sauce pan, over medium or medium-low heat where it can be watched closely for color and doneness. The solids in the butter can go from toasted to burnt very quickly. This is a ... Read More »

Zoo Pops

Zoo Pops

Summer is officially over, as of a few days ago. Fortunately, a mark on a calendar doesn’t mean that we get an instantaneous change in the seasons, so there is still time to enjoy the rest of the warm weather while it lasts. Ice cream, frozen yogurt and popsicles are all still fair game – although it would have been nice to get a set ... Read More »

Maple Pecan Pie

Maple Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is not my favorite fall pie. That spot is permanently taken by pumpkin pie. But it becomes boring to have only one type of pie around, especially during the holidays. I vary my options with apple pie, lemon meringue pie and, as in this case, pecan pie. Corn syrup is the traditional base for a pecan pie, but I didn’t want to use ... Read More »

Sweet!

Sugar is not the only option when it comes to sweeteners for baking. Other sweeteners, natural sweeteners, have spread from the shelves of specialty stores to more mainstream ones, where they are more accessible than ever before. Agave syrup, for instance, is just one of many.  The only drawback to having all these items available is that it can be difficult to figure out how ... Read More »

French Toast and Bacon Sandwich

French Toast and Bacon Sandwich

There are many out there who would argue that a good weekend breakfast isn’t complete without a side of bacon. Vegans, I think, would disagree, although there is an argument to be made here for soy bacon, too.  Eggs and bacon, waffles and bacon, pancakes and bacon, french toast and bacon, bacon and bacon… This breakfast treat goes a step beyond a side of bacon ... Read More »

Sugar Donut Muffins

Sugar Donut Muffins

While a donut with white frosting and a generous topping of rainbow sprinkles was never turned down, sugar donuts were always my favorite when I was a kid. I liked the subtle crunch of all that extra sugar on top of a light, fluffy donut. They’re still a top choice for me now, although I think they’ve lost their top ranking to plain, old-fashioned cake ... Read More »

Head Chefs Kids Kitchen Utensils

Head Chefs Kid's Posable Silicone Kitchen Utensils

Part cooking tool, part toy and – dare I say it? – all fun. I absolutely love the look of this Head Chefs Kids Kitchen Utensils set. Each kid-sized kitchen tool starts with a poseable figurine and is then topped off with a kitchen tool head. The concept sounds strange, but the execution is fantastic. The set is made entirely of food-grade silicone and includes ... Read More »

What is Greek yogurt?

Greek Yogurt

Yogurt, sour cream and buttermilk can all be lumped into the same category when it comes to baking. They’re all dairy products that help to tenderize baked goods and can be a bit on the tangy side. At least, plain yogurt can be a bit on the tangy side. For years, it seemed like the only way you could buy yogurt was pumped full of ... Read More »

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