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How do you know when bread is done baking?

baked loaf of sourdough

With cakes and muffins, it is easy to stick a toothpick into the top to check for doneness, or to simply touch the top of the cake with a fingertip and see if it has set and springs back into place. With cookies, you can usually tell just by looking at them, and if you can’t, you can again touch an edge to see if ... Read More »

Decorative cupcake wrappers?

It’s easy to compulsively buy cute cupcake and muffin papers when you see them in the baking aisle. You go through a package with every batch or two of cupcakes you bake, so you’re never really overloaded with them, and the seasonal ones make baked goods look oh-so-festive. I use them about three-quarters of the time, as while they make the cupcakes easy to handle, sometimes I just ... Read More »

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer for Tempering Chocolate

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer

The most important thermometer you can have in your kitchen is an oven thermometer, as if your oven isn’t accurate you’re not going to get a whole lot of cooking and baking done. Following that, meat thermometers and candy thermometers are also very helpful. I use meat thermometers both for meat and for testing the internal temperature of baked bread. Candy thermometers I use for ... Read More »

Cosmos Caramel Corn, reviewed

Caramel is one of my favorite things, so it’s probably no surprise to hear that I really like caramel corn. I’ve had all kinds, from Cracker Jacks to gourmet and homemade varieties, but I have to say that Cosmos Caramel Corn is the strangest I’ve ever eaten. Before you jump to any conclusions, let me say that this is not necessarily a bad thing. Cosmos ... Read More »

Baked Rice Pudding

Baked Rice Pudding

 Rice pudding is comfort food, no question about it. Sweet and creamy, it’s a relatively substantial custard dish made thick with rice and (usually) studded with juicy raisins. I usually make mine on the stovetop, starting either with leftover rice or with uncooked rice, depending on what is available to me at the moment. I’ve even turned stove-cooked rice pudding into ice cream before. While I like ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I don’t remember how old I was when I first saw a Yin-Yang sign, but I do remember that I immediately fell in love with the design. So, of course, I was taken with the Yin-Yang Cookies that I Shot The Chef made in honor of Chinese New Year. The cookies are made of vanilla and chocolate doughs that are molded together – in perfect ... Read More »

Loose Leaf Tea Tumbler

Both coffee and tea are staples in my diet, with breakfast, with baked goods and with dessert. I also often take an insulated mug or thermos out with me when I’m on the go, especially on chilly mornings. This works best with coffee, as tea bags left in thermoses will easily oversteep, and loose leaf teas take extra time in their preparation. When I saw ... Read More »

What is agave syrup?

Partida Agave

Agave syrup – also known as agave nectar – is one of those things that was relegated to obscurity in less-trafficked natural foods markets for years, but has recently encountered a substantial upsurge in popularity. The result of this is a much more high profile position in the grocery story, though not everyone has experience with it yet. The syrup is made from agave plants ... Read More »

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