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Baking Bites at the Bake Off

Sandra Lee and me!

Picture a huge ballroom with 100 individual work areas, a couple hundred people, a overwhelming air of anticipation and the air conditioning cranked up high. And stick a 6-ft tall, costumed Pillsbury Doughboy in the corner of the room. This is pretty much the setting for the 43rd annual Pillsbury Bake Off right before the 100 finalists come in to bake their potentially million-dollar dishes. ... Read More »

Top Chef: The Cookbook

Top Chef: The Cookbook

Generally speaking, the cookbooks that are spawned by popular TV series are not necessarily collections of culinary greatness – largely because most regular TV series are not really food and cooking oriented. Bravo’s Top Chef is a big exception to this rule, as it is a regular TV show more than it is a food network-style cooking show but it happens to be all about ... Read More »

French Silk Pie

French Silk Pie

I’ve had french silk pies before, but I’ve never had one like this. The concept of a french silk pie is that it is a chocolate mousse set up in a pie crust, the smooth texture of the mousse providing the “silk” part of the pie. Most pies that are sold under this name are relatively dense and chocolaty affairs. Chocolate is the first thing ... Read More »

Strawberry Sunrise Scones

Strawberry Sunrise Scones

These scones weren’t winners in any Pillsbury Bake-Off competition, but still have a tie-in to the contest (like my other recipes this week). They were made with a recipe that I was working on for that last Pillsbury Bake Off competition, the one that Anna won. Although I met the criteria for ingredients, it may not have been “original” enough to become a finalist recipe. ... Read More »

Giant Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Pan

When I first saw Wilton’s Giant Cupcake Pan, I thought that the bakeware company had outdone themselves in the design department. A giant version of one of the cutest baked goods out there, and a specialty pan that isn’t tied to any particular season and can be used year round? A clear winner. At least, until I got a look at Wilton’s new summery version ... Read More »

Orange Kiss-Me Cake

Orange Kiss Me Cake

Some foods are very inspiring. Some recipes are, too. The scents of different ingredients and the look and feel of a batter or dough as it comes together can spark different memories, inspire different feelings. I would venture to say that the most commonly invoked thought is a memory from childhood, followed by flashbacks to well-liked foods made by friends or eaten at particular restaurants. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Perfect for spring, Tartelette‘s Ice Cold Lemon Strawberry Fraisier is a lovely dessert for stepping into spring. It uses fresh strawberries, a grand Marnier flavored mousse and a slice of Meyer lemon pound cake to build a molded, frozen dessert that is as refreshing as it is beautiful. It can easily be adapted to work with other flavors of mousse and cake, as well. Butter ... Read More »

Swedish Toscas (Mini Almond Tarts)

Swedish Tosca, minus one bite

There is something very appealing about a miniature tart. It’s so much fancier looking than an ordinary cookie and seems to promise more in the flavor department, while at the same time its small size lets you indulge yourself in a bite or two without guilt. From a preparation standpoint, miniature tarts aren’t much more difficult to make than full-sized tarts are and they are ... Read More »

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