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Fresh Fruit and Cream Cheese Tart

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When you walk into a bakery, or even by the bakery section of the supermarket, what catches your eye? Is it the tray of perfectly decorated cupcakes? The seven-layer chocolate tortes? The piles of huge, perfectly-formed chocolate chip and shortbread cookies? Each and every option has its appeal (which is precisely why bakeries cleverly use clear cases to showcase their product), but I would put ... Read More »

Best Worst Ugly Cake

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At the Ohio State Fair this week, a very unusual cake contest was held. Children were challenged to come up with the “Best Worst Ugly Cake,” using an angel food cake and a wide variety of gross and/or scary accessories. Nails, screws, razor blades and steel wool topped one cake, creating a dentist’s nightmare, and others relied on leaves, twigs, fake rats and artificial body ... Read More »

What is self-rising flour?

What is Self-Rising Flour? Self Rising Flour Brands

Self-rising flour has an almost magical sound to it. And if you look at recipes that call for it, you’ll see that they do not call for the addition of salt or leavening agents, though biscuits, cakes and breads made with seem to rise up just fine. The reason for this is that self-rising flour is actually nothing of the sort. It is flour that ... Read More »

Myths about eating cool in the summer

Do spicy foods really cool you down in the summer? What about an ice cold beer? Author Charles Stuart Platkin helpfully went out and tracked down a group of food scientists to ask these crucial questions¬†in an effort to clear the air of some summertime food myths. Ice cold beer may taste great going down, but if you want to really cool off, you’ll be ... Read More »

Apricot Beer Bread

¬† “You have to try this beer. ” “It’s only 7:30 in the morning. I think it’s a little early for that.” “Well, I didn’t mean you have to try it this instant. It’ll still be here later. But you really do have to try some. ” We open the refrigerator door. “Pyramid Apricot Ale? I used to live pretty close to their brewery, although ... Read More »

Portable ice cream sundae bar

ice cream carrier

Even though it is one of the most refreshing, most satisfying things you can eat in the summer, ice cream is not a very portable food. It melts too quickly in the heat and, unless you’re dishing it out in your kitchen and carrying each bowl outside to the yard/deck/patio, it just isn’t going to make it very far. If you do want to try ... Read More »

Walking on custard

I have a sudden craving for custard, although I don’t think I would attempt this trick myself – partially because I don’t have a pool available, but mostly because I can’t be bothered to make that much custard. via growabrain Read More »

Dealing with odd pan sizes

The vast majority of recipes are written for standard pan sizes: 8-inch square, 9-inch round, 12-inch bundt, 11×13, 9×5, etc. Pans in these sizes are available in just about any store with a baking section and if you stick with the standards, you shouldn’t have any trouble matching the size called for in a recipe to one in your collection. But cake pans come in ... Read More »

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