Spinach and Feta Pie

Spinach and Feta Pie

Normally, when I think of a spinach and feta pie, I think of some rendition of spanikopita. The savory Greek dish has a filling made with spinach, feta and eggs that is sandwiched between layers of filo dough. The spinach-feta combination is a winner in my book and I like it in any form. I used the idea of a spanikopita-type filling as inspiration for ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

You can never have too many variations on a theme when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, and one of the best things about food blogs is that they offer plenty of inspiration for new flavor combinations. Take Nook and Pantry‘s Chocolate Chip Pistachio Candied Orange Cookies, for instance. A few tweaks and you’ve taken chocolate chip cookies to a whole new level. Little custard ... Read More »

New rules take the cakes at baking competitions

Our home kitchens are not necessarily the cleanest cooking environments out there, as much as we’d like to think so. Pets might wander through, countertops aren’t necessarily sterilized, food storage might not be ideal and how often do you clean under the refrigerator? Things like this are reasons that many states won’t allow you to sell food prepared in a home kitchen; it’s an unregulated ... Read More »

Airplane Mini Cake Pan

Airplane Mini Cake Pan

Aside from baking, traveling is one of my favorite things to do. I’d like nothing more than to be able to hop on a plan and fly anywhere in the world at any time. Who wouldn’t? Unfortunately, that thought is much more dream than reality, but it is what made this cute Airplane Mini Cake Pan catch my eye. The pan bakes up six carefully ... Read More »

Smart Scales at the Supermarket?

Smart Scales

More and more markets these days are offering customers the option of doing a self-checkout, where you can scan your own items into an automated register instead of standing in line. These are great at some stores, but when you have a cart full of fruits and vegetables that have no real bar codes, suddenly you find yourself with a lot of sympathy for every ... Read More »

Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

Chocolate Yogurt Loaf Cake

Not all chocolate cravings are created equal. Some call for a piece or two of dark chocolate, while others might need a big bite of white chocolate to be satisfied. Some aren’t satisfied by real chocolate at all and need to be treated with a slice of chocolate cake. For me, the answer to this kind of craving is an easy to make chocolate loaf ... Read More »

The Best International Recipe

The 2008 Olympics have come to an end, but in honor of the events of the past couple of weeks, I couldn’t resist getting in a little tribute by highlighting a cookbook with a bit of global flair. The Best International Recipe is one of the newest cookbooks put out by the Cook’s Illustrated team that, instead of concentrating on recipes that are already close ... Read More »

White Whole Wheat Sour Cream Pancakes

White Whole Wheat Sour Cream Pancakes, eating in progress

When I was a kid, the reason I loved going out for pancakes on a Sunday morning was the syrup. Or rather, the syrups. Any diner or pancake house that had a variety of syrups that included a couple of fruit-flavored ones got a big thumbs up in my book. I still like the touch that fruit adds to maple syrup and, when I happen ... Read More »

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