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A discussion on kitchen shears

kitchen shears

Scissors are like the socks of the kitchen. Socks mysteriously disappear when you put them into the dryer and scissors, at least in my house, mysteriously disappear when put into a kitchen drawer. Sometimes they will reappear, of course, or they will not vanish at all, but in my experience it is inevitable. It happened to my favorite pair of kitchen shears this past week. Kitchen shears ... Read More »

Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

Oatmeal Raisin Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling

If pressed, I would have to say that my favorite type of sandwich cookie is a whoopie pie. The confection is a soft, frosting-filled, single-serving treat that, while it looks like a cookie, is much closer to cake in texture and taste. But I still love the idea of a whoopie pie as a cookie and, to that end, I started to wonder what other ... Read More »

The Splendid Spoonful: From Custard to Creme Brulee

The Splendid Spoonful: From Custard to Creme Brulee

Custard is a deceptively simple thing. The dish is usually rich with eggs and milk and should come out of the oven lusciously light, if done correctly. But these ingredients can be surprisingly difficult to control and The Splendid Spoonful:From Custard to Creme Brulee is a book dedicated to them and to helping guide you, the reader, through all the things necessary to master the ... Read More »

Blueberry Drop Scones

When it comes to scones, it’s hard to beat a perfectly made plain one, served with fresh preserves and butter (or clotted cream or whipped cream, if you prefer). But while a plain scone might epitomize the category, I have to say that they’re not really my go-to scone for a couple of reasons. First, it’s hard to find a good one, let alone to ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcake Pan

Peeps Cupcake Pan

I have a little bit of a thing for Peeps. Part of the reason I like them is that the sugar-coated marshmallows are fun to eat. The other part is that they’re simply too cute to resist. Peeps were the very first thing that sprang to my mind when I spotted Wilton’s Mini Bunny Cake Pan because the shape of each cake cavity is almost identical ... Read More »

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

French Dip Sandwich

If you’ve never had a French dip sandwich, you’re missing out. The sandwich starts out with beef that is roasted until extremely tender, which is then thinly sliced and put onto a not-too-crusty roll, either with or without cheese. The juice from cooking the meat is collected, seasoned and poured into a small dish. As you eat the sandwich, you dip each bite into the ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

First up this week is Simply Recipes‘ Meyer Lemon Marmalade. Not only was I contemplating doing this myself all week, but I was actually just given a freshly packed jar from the Davis, California farmer’s market. Not to knock the farmer’s market version, I’m pretty sure that Elise’s recipe is even better. I’ll still live with what I have at the moment before making a ... Read More »

Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar, reviewed

Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar

When I bit into a piece of the Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Bar I recently picked up at Target, I was immediately reminded of something. The bar was made of smooth, exceptionally well-balanced dark chocolate. The chocolate had a nice cocoa bitterness to it and a distinctly fruity flavor that played very well with the ground up coffee beans also present in the bar. The ... Read More »

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