Malted Milk Ball Cookies, or Malteser Cookies

malteser cookies

If you’re in Canada, the UK or Australia, as well as a variety of other countries, you know them as Maltesers. If you’re in the US, you know them as Whoppers. The finer flavor points of the candies are often debated by fans of the individual brands, but no matter what you call them, they’re always delicious. The candies I’m referring to, of course, are ... Read More »

What is overmixing?

cookies, baked

When you’re reading through recipe instructions, particularly for baked goods, you probably come across the phrase “do not overmix” fairly often. The notion of “overmixing” can be confusing if you’re just getting into baking – after all, cookie dough is either mixed, or it isn’t, right? The final stage of making a cookie dough or cake batter often involves stirring flour, or a flour mixture, ... Read More »

Dinner with a steamy chef


I’ve been watching Bravo TV’s Top Chef reality show since season one (they’re now in season three) and am a huge fan. It’s natural, then, that a Top Chef-related contest would catch my eye. Glad – which is a huge sponsor of Top Chef – is running a contest to find the steamiest chef in America. The nominees are Sam Talbot, Dave Lieberman, Govind Armstrong, G. ... Read More »

Funfetti brownie how-to

homemade funfetti brownie

In spite of the fact that the mix looked so promising, the results of my own venture into making a homemade version were not particularly exciting. The brownies were excellent, of course, but the sprinkles didn’t add the same sort of festive look that they lend to funfetti cupcakes. I mixed rainbow sprinkles into the batter of one of my best brownie recipes and discovered that ... Read More »

Funfetti brownie mix

funfetti brownie mix

I’m not necessarily one to endorse using boxed mixes instead of baking from scratch, but there are certainly some decent mixes out there to choose from. Brownie mixes tend to be consistently good, for example, and it’s not bad to have one on hand for chocolate emergencies (especially if you have kids who don’t really want to wait around while you fiddle with butter and ... Read More »

Mango Gelato

mango gelato

  Even though food scientists have told usthat eating ice cream will not cool you down for more than a few minutes at a time, I am more than willing to take those few minutes of coolness on a hot summer day if it gives me an excuse to eat ice cream. But as I think about it, cream-based desserts/snacks – like ice cream – ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Food blogs can be dangerous things, as well as great resources. For instance, they can distract you from your work with mouth-watering photographs and drool-inspiring descriptions of food. The greater problem for me is that there are so many recipes out there that I want to try, that my “to do list” (not to mention my bookmark folder) is a little out of control. To ... Read More »

Diamond encrusted saucepan

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get good, quality cookware that will perform well time and time again (I know I don’t). But if you want to spend a lot – and I mean a lot – than the new diamond encrusted potfrom the German cookware maker, Fissler, just might be what you’re looking for. Their newest premium saucepan uses almost 1 ... Read More »

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