Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

An outdoor grill really is a versatile tool. You can do just about anything with it, from grilling meat to cooking veggies and even baking bread. You can also make dessert, and the simplest way to do this is to toss some fresh fruit on the grill. Heating fruit often releases sugars and makes the fruit taste sweeter. With some cooking methods, the fruit breaks ... Read More »

Favorite Foodie Kids Books

Favorite Foodie Kids Books

Long before my cookbook collection grew to the size it is today, my room was still full of books – kids books, since we’re jumping back in time. Most of these books have long been moved to boxes, packed up and in storage out of the way, but the other day I was going through them and noticed something about some of my favorites: many ... Read More »

Peanut Butter Crumble Cake

Peanut Butter Crunch Cake

This is definitely a cake for all the peanut butter lovers out there. The cake itself is sweet, lightly spiced and moist – and it doesn’t have a speck of peanut butter in it. The crumble topping, on the other hand, is made up almost entirely of peanut butter, with just a few additional ingredients to sweeten it up and give it a better texture ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Juicy, ripe strawberries don’t find their way into cooked pies all that often because they don’t tend to hold up all that well to long baking times. The strawberries become mushy, give off all their juice and start to lose their color when overcooked. But short cooking times can do wonders for the berries and What Geeks Eat took advantage of this by baking a ... Read More »

Cakes by Me, reviewed

Safari Cake

Over the past few months, I’ve made quite a few birthday cakes. More than usual were for children. My usual cake decorating style is pretty simple: casual frosting application and a bit of chocolate to write happy birthday with. Piping, let alone the creation of more complex themes, are not always my favorite things to do. But kids really like their cakes to look fancy ... Read More »

Angel Food Loaf Pan

Angel Food Loaf Pan

Several weeks ago, I discussed the question of whether or not you need an angel food cake pan to make angel food cake. The answer is yes because the cakes are delicate and the pan is designed not only to let them rise to their fullest potential and to cool without falling, but to make them easy to remove from the pan. At the time, ... Read More »

Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies, swirled in the pan

The first time I ever had cheesecake brownies, they were a variation on a box brownie mix that my mom baked. I had cheesecake brownies this way for years. Some of those box brownie mixes are very good (Ghiradelli is one of my favorites) and I always enjoyed it when I found a batch in the kitchen. Presentation-wise, it’s a beautiful dessert, but the thing ... Read More »

Grill It!

Summer is grilling season, no question about it. Grill It! is a cookbook dedicated to this art of cooking over live fire. If that sounds a bit primitive, it’s because it is basically the oldest cooking method out there. Fortunately,techniques and recipes have been refined thoroughly over the past few thousand years to being us where we are today. The first thing that Grill It! ... Read More »

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