Skull Cupcake Pan

skull pans

What could be scarier than a leering skull glaring up at you from your dessert plate? Actually, don’t answer that. I’m sure that there are many things, but that doesn’t stop me from liking these skull cupcake and skull cake pans as scary-fun Halloween accessories. The grinning skulls can be decorated simply, with a light dusting of powdered sugar to highlight their unusual shapes, or ... Read More »

Basic Baguettes

baguette, sliced

Not all long, thin loaves of bread can be considered to be baguettes, but the shape is definitely one of the most clearly defining characteristics of the popular french loaves. The more important characteristics are the flavor and texture of the bread, and the perfect baguette is something that many bakers – both home bakers and pros – aspire to produce. Trying to be realistic, ... Read More »

Artisan Baking

Artisan Baking

What exactly is artisan bread? I mean, we all recognize those ridiculously delicious looking loaves, all slightly different in shape yet with perfectly dark golden crusts and a smell that just shouts “eat me!” when we see them, but artisan bread is far more than visual appeal. Artisan Baking is a cookbook that not only explains the general ideas behind artisanal breads (high quality, made at ... Read More »

Pumpkin Dutch Baby

pumpkin dutch baby, with whip

Dutch babies are not only one of my favorite types of pancakes, but one of the most fun. The oven-baked pancakes are puffy and plate-sized, with a texture somewhere between a regular pancake and a popover. They are baked in heatproof skillets, rather than being cooked on a griddle, and are subject to myriad variations. Apple is one of the most popular additions to this ... Read More »

Silicone double boiler?

A double boiler can be a great tool in the kitchen, whether you buy a “real” one or use a stainless steel or glass mixing bowl set on top of a simmering pot of water. I do not recommend using a silicone double boiler, like the one pictured here. Silicone is a great material for cooking utensils because it is heat resistant and flexible, so a spatula, ... Read More »

Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl

eat me crunchy bowl

I must be a very fast cereal eater because I don’t have a big problem with my cereal getting soggy and turning into unappetizing mush in my bowl at breakfast. Maybe I just don’t pour that much milk into my cereal to begin with. If I did have a problem with crunchiness, however, the Eat Me Crunchy cereal bowl is one way to solve the sogging ... Read More »

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

The first time that I had toasted pumpkin seeds was in elementary school. I specifically remember my 1st grade teacher having us bring in seeds and toasting them – by which I mean watching her toast them – in the school’s kitchen. I don’t remember how they turned out, but it sure was fun. These days, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to celebrated Halloween ... Read More »

Really creepy cakes

they're coming cakes

If you’re looking for a way to go all-out for Halloween and make a really, truly scary cake, you might want to take a look at the Halloween cakes at They’re Coming. The site specializes in horror movie reviews, but really pulled out all the stops with the designs of a few cakes. The designs include a Killer Rats Cake, a Thorax Cake and a Zombiefest ... Read More »

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