Fake cakes for weddings

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Wedding cakes do not come cheap. In fact, the Bridal Association of America says that the average wedding cake costs $543. And the more elaborate you want your cake to be, the more people you intend to serve, the more it is going to cost you. One way to cut corners and reduce food costs is to cut down on the quality of the ingredients ... Read More »

Banana Upside Down Cake

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When you think of upside down cake, you probably think of one of two things: pineapples or apples. Pineapple upside down cake is a classic American dessert that rose to popularity in the beginning of the 20th century. Apple upside down cake, which could be another way of describing the dessert known as a tarte tatin, is common because apples are such a popular staple ... Read More »

Starbucks to release new chocolates, hot chocolate

Starbucks and Hershey’s have recently come togetherto put out a new line of coffee-flavored, Starbucks branded chocolates, which should be available in stores in just a few months. Starbucks currently sells a line of chocolates in their stores, but these new items will be sold at grocery stores, much like the bottled frappuccinos and coffee drinks are now. The companies are planning a lineup that ... Read More »

Adventures of an Italian Food Lover

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Italy is a country that tops the “places to visit” list of many a food lover. Food writers and chefs have been known to make pilgrimages there to study the finer points of prosciutto, bread and gelato. And while it would be lovely to take a multi-month journey to Italy to take in both the food and the countryside, it’s not the kind of thing ... Read More »

Beef and Cheese Empanadas

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In Ecuador, I had quite a few empanadas. The small filled pastries used all kinds of crusts, from flour-based pie crust type doughs to tender cornmeal and/or masa-based doughs, as well as ones that contained a mixture of those ingredients. The baked empanadas were consistently good, while the fried empanadas were either perfectly crispy or disappointingly soggy and greasy. Fillings varied from cheese to meat ... Read More »

Do you name your dishes?


“What do you call this?” Having cooked for many, many people – friends, family, acquaintances, etc – over the years, I have found that there are two types of people. Those who are into cooking will ask what is in a dish. Those who aren’t tend to ask me what it is called, instead. The first type of question is straightforward and easy to answer. ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates

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Trader Joe’s usually has a good selection of both imported and/or store-branded chocolates at any given time. They company keeps a sharp eye out for what sells, and what doesn’t, so the less popular products are regularly taken out of rotation in favor of new items. I always look for the newer foods and, a few weeks ago, I came across Trader Joe’s Espresso Chocolates. ... Read More »

Roadfood Sandwiches for summer reading

roadfood sandwiches

If you like to pile into the car with your family/friends/neighbors/etc. for the occasional long distance road trip in the summer, you will be missing out if you aren’t already familiar with the concept of Roadfood. The term describes the exceptional, unique local eats found along the highways of America, as opposed to the ubiquitous fast food joints littering the countryside. Jane and Michael Stern are ... Read More »

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