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Bites from other Blogs

When I asked on Facebook about what people were baking this past weekend, it seemed like a lot of people didn’t want to turn on the oven because it was so hot. If you’re caught in a heatwave right now, try a batch of Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, which won’t require you to turn on your oven. And if you feel like you can handle ... Read More »

What is Coconut Flour?

Coconut Flour brands

Coconut flour is a gluten free “flour” that is essentially dried coconut in powdered form. It is made from the coconut solids that are left over after the meat been used to produce coconut milk. The solids are ground into a very fine, flour-like powder. The flour is popular for gluten free and low-carb baking, since it is low in carbohydrates and very high in ... Read More »

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Seasonal Produce Calendars

Produce tends to be less expensive, more flavorful and more nutrient-dense when it is in season. Off season, fruits and veggies are picked at less-than-optimal ripeness levels in an effort to extend their shelf life – often because they are picked far away from where they will be sold and have a long journey to get there. It is easy to tell when fruits and ... Read More »

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango Coconut Bread

Mango is one of those fruits that I typically just eat fresh, rather than saving for a baking project. The firm, juicy fruit has a fantastic texture and flavor – and it is just about irresistible when ripe. But you can actually bake with mangoes, if you are able to hold yourself back, and they are a great fruit to work with. The flesh stays ... Read More »

I Scream Sandwich

I Scream Sandwich

Most of us don’t feel like baking during hot weather, but it’s hard to turn down a cookie even when it feels like an oven outside. Bakers need to do a little bit of advance planning during the summer so that they can bake while it’s cool outside and still have treats to eat when it is hot. An ice cream sandwich is one of ... Read More »

The Helms Bakery Truck, Culver City, CA

Nicholas at the Helms Bakery Truck

The Helms Bakery was a southern California fixture for decades, from 1931 to 1969. Their slogan was “Daily at Your Door” and their products were delivered throughout southern California by delivery wagons packed with fresh loaves of bread, donuts, cookies and cake. Their main facility was in Culver City, Los Angeles and is still a landmark for the area, now hosting a number of restaurants ... Read More »

Plum and Blackberry Pie with Almond Crumble

Plum and Blackberry Pie

The other night, I attended a pie making demo where Shery Yard baked up a beautiful looking plum and blackberry pie. Plums and blackberries are both great fruits to bake with. They have wonderfully rich flavors, but they also are known for their rich colors, and a pie filling that has both fruits inside is mouthwatering ┬áto look at. After the demo, we were given ... Read More »

Secrets for Perfect Pie, a class from Sherry Yard and Evan Kleiman

Sherry Yard and her pie

A perfect pie is something that just about every baker wants to be able to put together. Pie is a great dish with an unbeatable combination of flaky dough and rich filling – whether you’re making luscious fruit pies or hearty savory pies. One way to get better at pie-making is practice. The other way to get better is to get tips from people who ... Read More »

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