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National S’mores Day and the history of s’mores

peep s'more, small

August 10th (today!) is National S’mores Day. I’m still not entirely sure who comes up with these days, but I will say that this is one I am more than happy to celebrate. With crispy graham crackers, gooey marshmallows and melty chocolate, what is there not to love about a s’more? S’mores originated around the turn of the 20th century, right arond the time that commercial ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bites

pretzel bites

As much as I love soft pretzels, their crunchy counterparts are difficult to resist – especially when they’re covered in chocolate. The contrast of the salt topping a pretzel and the sweet bitterness of chocolate (or just sweetness, if you’re indulging in a milk chocolate pretzel) is wonderful. It is also now widely utilized by all kinds of chocolatiers, pastry chefs and home bakers looking ... Read More »

Sandcastle Cakes for summer

mini castles

I can’t remember the last time that I went to the beach and built a sandcastle. I suspect that it has been years. But it’s not due to the fact that I don’t like sandcastles. In fact, sandcastles hold a lot of the same fantasy appeal for adults that they do for kids, which is probably what led to the design of this Sandcastle Cakelet ... Read More »

Waldorf Coleslaw

Coleslaw seems to make a lot of appearances during the summer months. Despite the fact that it needs to be refrigerated (due to the presence of mayonnaise), it is pretty much a staple of every picnic, potluck and bbq when the weather is hot. Its popularity mystified me for many years since I hated the stuff. One day, however, I stumbled upon a coleslaw that ... Read More »

Convenience food doesn’t always save time

The lure of convenience foods – frozen lasagna, bagged salad, heat-and-serve desserts – is the idea that they are big time savers. You can get a lot out of them with minimal effort, while making lasagna and pie from scratch could take quite some time. But there is a catch to the time-saving abilities of convenience food and that is the fact that people don’t ... Read More »

Pre-measured baking liners

silicone liners

I almost always use either parchment paper or a nonstick silicone silpat to line my baking sheets. It’s a snap to pull off a sheet and lay it on the pan, and it always saves me time on cleanup on top of preventing cookies, etc. from sticking. When it comes to other pans – loaf pans, cake pans, pie plates – I don’t always bother ... Read More »

NZ hospitals ban full-sized chocolate bars

Because the local health board is seeking to set a good example of healthy eating, hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand will no longer be permitted to stock full-sized candy bars in their vending machines. With a limit of 800 kj (approx. 190 calories) per snack, doctors, nurses, other staff members and those waiting worriedly to hear about how their loved ones are doing will not be ... Read More »

Get recipes at the grocery store

recipe kiosk

How often have you gone shopping without a clear idea of what you need, or without ideas for recipes that you’d like to make? Some supermarkets on the East Coast – namely the Food Lion-owned Bloom markets in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina – have tried to eliminate this problem with the introduction of a new technology to their stores. ShoptoCook‘s specialty kiosks ... Read More »

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