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Few desserts are as beautiful as fresh fruit tarts. Aren’t the bright rows of seasonal fruits the first things that catch your eye when you walk into a bakery? The Fig, Berry and Sheep’s Milk Cream Tarts at Cannelle et Vanille is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It follows the same basic idea of the average fruit tart with a white, creamy custard ... Read More »

How to peel fruit

peeling an apple

There are many types of fruit and sometimes it seems like there are almost as many ways to peel them. Bananas, oranges and grapefruits, for instance, are all very self-explanatory fruits that require little more than a tug at the skin to remove it. Other fruits pose more of a challenge. If you’re just going to eat a piece of fruit, the skin might not ... Read More »

Picking Your Own

fresh strawberries

While everyone has enough room to plant a little windowsill collection of herbs at home, not all of us are lucky enough to have space for a full garden, let alone an orchard or a farm. Growing and picking our own fruits and vegetables is not always a viable option. There are alternatives to packing up and moving out to where farm space is affordable. ... Read More »

Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies

The beautiful thing about a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie is how white chocolate and macadamia nuts work so well together. They’re even appealing to people who aren’t big fans of either of the major components. On their own, white chocolate is too sweet for some and macadamia nuts can be too rich. Together, the creaminess of the white chocolate matches the crunch of the ... Read More »

Pie in the Sky: Successful Baking at High Altitudes

Pie in the Sky

Baking at high altitudes can be a real challenge – especially since most cookbooks are written for those of us baking at, or near, sea level. It’s hard to get reliable recipes and good tips that will guarantee good results when you live 5,000-ft. or more above the ocean. I’m a sea-level baker and, while I would love to take a several month long sabbatical ... Read More »

Coconut Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of those recipes that is a classic just as it is and, while it’s fun to tweak it every once in a while for variety, I find that I always go back to the original. Of course, that was before I tried playing around with coconut in my banana bread. I think I have a new “basic” now. Coconut is a ... Read More »

Make your own crazy straw!

Make your own bendy straw!

A straw generally serves to help you get liquid from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss. The most basic straws are straight and the most widely used are designed to have a slight bend in the neck, which makes them slightly easier to drink from. The coolest straws are crazy straws, however. These straws have twists, turns, loops and other fun ... Read More »

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Microwave Chocolate Cake for One

Baking is really something that needs to be done in an oven because no matter how many instructions give you optional microwave directions, the food is always going to turn out a better when it is cooked in an oven. Frozen dinners are a good example of this, as they’re always more tender, more crisp and just plain tastier when they’re cooked in the oven ... Read More »

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