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What is piloncillo?

Piloncillo, grated

Piloncillo is an unrefined Mexican sugar that is made from cane sugar made from boiling and evaporating cane juice. Piloncillo is the most common name for this type of sugar in Mexico, but the is also known as panocha or panela in other Latin and Central American countries. It can be found pressed into blocks or rounds, as well as cones, at Mexican markets. This ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Citrus Loaf Pan

Citrus Loaf Pan

I recently saw a great Lemon Loaf Pan from Nordic Ware that featured a lovely lemon design, with whole and cut lemons surrounded by a few leaves. It seemed like the perfect pan for baking my Lemon Loaf Cake. Not long after, however, I saw another lemon pan that just might be even better. This Citrus Loaf Pan is also from Nordic Ware and it ... Read More »

Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream

Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting

When a baked good uses coffee in the name, it often means that the dish will pair well with coffee, not necessarily that it will contain coffee. As much as I enjoy pairing baked goods with coffee, as a coffee-lover, I always appreciate it when I find coffee flavors in desserts. And these Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream are a great choice for a coffee ... Read More »

Macaron Fetish

Macaron Fetish

Macarons are a delicacy, one of those treats that – unlike cupcakes – you can’t find just everywhere. When you find a good one, the combination of crisp exterior, chewy interior and flavorful filling is just about heaven. It can be hard to find a bakery that carries good macarons, so macaron-lovers often try their hand at making them at home. It can be a ... Read More »

Girl Scouts Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, reviewed

Girl Scouts' Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

This year, the Girl Scouts added a gluten free cookie to their cookie lineup. There have been requests for gluten free cookies in past years from girl scouts who can’t eat the regular cookies and from consumers, and it’s great to see that the Girl Scouts are listening! The cookies are being test marketed this year in about 20 different locations around the country. My ... Read More »

Crazy Crust Apple Pie

Crazy Crust Apple Pie

This is a recipe that I found on a hand-typed recipe card (as in, it was typed on a typewriter) tucked inside of one of my grandmother’s cookbooks. I definitely don’t recall my grandmother ever making it, but clearly she liked it enough to take the time to type out the recipe to preserve it, instead of simply jotting down the ingredients on the back ... Read More »

Waldorf Salad

Waldorf Salad

I did not particularly enjoy salads when I was a kid, certainly not as much as I do now. I enjoyed salad dressing, and I loved to dunk crunchy carrot and celery sticks into small bowls of that dressing as a snack, it took me a while to learn to love lettuce. One of the first salads I can remember eating and loving was a ... Read More »

Craftsy Complete Knife Skills Class

Julienned Apples

One of the most impressive things about watching a talented chef cook on TV is seeing their knife work. Chefs like Jacques Pepin and Gordon Ramsey make it look so easy to get that perfect julienne, a fine brunoise or any other cut in what seems like a few seconds – and usually without even looking down at what they’re doing. Most home cooks don’t ... Read More »

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