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Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans

Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans

Vegan food isn’t all raw vegetables and marinated tofu dishes. Vegan food, just like the people who are cooking it, can have a ton of personality when it is done right and Bake and Destroy: Good Food for Bad Vegans is definitely not short on personality. The cookbook offers up dozens of recipes that deliver a lot of flavor – and demonstrate a lot of creativity – ... Read More »

Microwave Molten Chocolate Cake

Molten Chocolate Microwave Cake

It was more than 5 years ago when I tried my first Microwave Chocolate Cake. That cake was slightly spongy, but it was easy to make and delivered a warm chocolate cake for one in just about 3 minutes. Microwave cakes that are “baked” in mugs have remained popular, as the lure of a very fast chocolate cake is hard to resist. I mostly gave ... Read More »

5 Tips for Baking Contest Entrants from a Judge

Nicole and Leslie Judge

I love judging baking and cooking contests. They’re always exciting events, because everyone who attends is psyched up for the competition. Most contests don’t have MasterChef-style elimination rounds built into them, so the competitors tend to be friendly and supportive of one another, even if they all think that their recipe is the best. But I do see some of the same things over and ... Read More »

The Death of the Pastry Chef?

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Pastry chefs don’t have the most glamorous job in a professional kitchen. They’re usually tucked away in a small corner where they work with limited space and supplies while doing their best to keep their desserts away from the heat of the main kitchen. Their dishes can be spectacular – light, flavorful, colorful and delicious – but it is true to say that few people ... Read More »

Hershey’s S’mores Cupcake Mix, reviewed

S'mores Cupcakes

I am a huge s’mores fan. The combination of marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker is always a good one in my book, whether it’s a traditional campfire s’more or a batch of s’mores pancakes. Naturally, when I spotted a box of the new Hershey’s S’mores Cupcake Mix on the baking aisle at the grocery store, I was curious enough to give it a try. Hershey’s ... Read More »

Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Espresso Chocolate Cookies

Coffee and chocolate are a great combination, and small amounts of coffee appear in recipes for all kinds of chocolate desserts. Coffee is used to bring out some of the darker, roastier notes in chocolate and make chocolate desserts taste even richer. As a coffee fan, sometimes I want coffee to share the spotlight a little bit. These Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies have a good ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Oven-Roasted Maple Apples

The days are starting to get slightly shorter and the mornings are beginning to get slightly cooler, and those changes mean that we are heading into fall. Bloggers everywhere are getting inspired by the flavors of fall and, while summer berries are still making appearances, apples and warm fall spices are slowly replacing them. From simple recipes, like my Oven-Roasted Maple Apples, to complex ones, ... Read More »

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