Plastic bags vs. pastry bags for piping

piping bag with cupcakes

I’m a big fan of tricks that make my life easier in the kitchen and one that I use often is substituting a plastic bag for a pastry bag. A pastry bag is little more than a conical plastic bag that is open at the wide end and sealed at the bottom. To use one, you just need to snip off the closed tip after ... Read More »

Choosing a revolving cake stand

revolving cake stands

The advantage of having a revolving cake stand is that it gives you easy access to all sides of the cake for frosting. It’s not an absolutely necessary kitchen tool, even if you’re a baker, however. When you only frost a cake once in a blue moon and it’s for your own personal enjoyment, it’s not critical to have a showpiece-like cake and you can ... Read More »

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting

Logically, we can say that no one type of cupcake is better than any other, and everyone is entitled to their personal preferences. But secretly, we all feel that there is one type of cupcake that is just a bit better than all the alternatives, one flavor pairing of cake and frosting (assuming that they’re both good quality, of course) that is just plain better ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Alanna (from Veggie Venture)’s Vanilla Brownies might not sound like the fudgy, chocolaty goodness that you might expect from a brownie recipe, but rest assured that the brownies are not lacking in the chocolate department. Instead, they are spiked with a generous amount of vanilla bean that is pureed into the sugar so as to contribute the maximum vanilla flavor possible to the batter. From ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Ultimate Vanilla Wafers, reviewed

Trader Joe's Ultimate Vanilla Wafers

I used to love Nilla Wafers as a kid. It’s not that the cookies themselves were so amazing, though. The thing I liked about them was that they are vanilla flavored and, up until the last couple of years, vanilla wasn’t usually a flavor highlighted in storebought cookies . Most cookies were butter cookies, chocolate cookies or chocolate chip cookies – and for a kid ... Read More »

Gourmet Impressions

You can pick the flavor, the filling and any of a variety of other options to customize your favorite foods – especially when you’re making them at home. But a custom cookie isn’t quite the same as a personalized one and Gourmet Impressions knows this. The company was started in 2002 and makes “food embossers” that allow you to put your name, your brand or ... Read More »

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Strawberry Lemonade Bars, closeup

Don’t let the unusual color of these bars put you off because when it comes to flavor they are the embodiment of summer – especially if your idea of refreshment on a hot summer day is a cold glass of lemonade. They are strawberry lemonade bars, a play on traditional lemon bars that takes advantage of in-season strawberries to make an outrageously good variation of ... Read More »

The Weekend Baker

The Weekend Baker

At one time or another, we have all thought that there just aren’t enough hours in the day, so sometimes we have to make tough choices when it comes to deciding what to do with our time. The Weekend Baker is a cookbook recognizes this and is designed to help make from-scratch baking fit into a busy lifestyle. Rather than opting for preprepared ingredients or ... Read More »

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