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What is imitation vanilla?

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a staple ingredient for bakers and I use it in almost every one of my recipes. Vanilla beans are the most expensive form of vanilla and are a popular choice when making ice creams and custards, where you really want to see the seeds from the vanilla pods. Vanilla extract is the most commonly used form of vanilla and it is an alcohol solution that ... Read More »

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Fresh fruits and vegetables are fantastic when they’re in season and one way to preserve all that flavor for the rest of the year is to get started with canning and preserving. There are all kinds of resources out there to learn about preserving so that you can make and store anything from canned peaches to tomato sauce to pickles. By far, my favorite thing to ... Read More »

Applesauce Brownies

Applesauce Brownies

I bake brownies all the time because they are such a crowd pleaser, but every time that I bake a batch, someone will tell me that they just have to pass on something so rich. Brownies are known for being decadent and delivering a big dose of chocolate in every bite. As much as people love chocolate, it is understandable that you may not want ... Read More »

The S’mores Cookbook

S'mores Cook Book

S’mores are the kind of treat that is a pleasure when you’re a kid and a guilty pleasure when you’re an adult. The combination of graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow is one that is good in any format and doesn’t require a campfire to make. In The S’mores Cookbook: From S’mores Stuffed French Toast to a S’mores Cheesecake Recipe, Treat Yourself to S’more of Everything, ... Read More »

Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes

Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes

As long as you have fresh strawberries, you can never go wrong with making a strawberry shortcake for dessert. But strawberry shortcakes can get a little bit boring when you make the same exact dessert over and over again with no variation – even if you are a big strawberry fan. I’ve put a few twists onto the basic idea before, by using different fruits ... Read More »

Viante Pasta Extruder

Viante Pasta Maker

Homemade pasta is something that I make every once in a while and it is a treat when I do. Like baking homemade bread, it can be a time consuming and messy process that you don’t always have the time or energy for. You can always use dried pasta, but if you are a true pasta lover you might want to look for other ways ... Read More »

White Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic Macerated Peaches

Balsamic vinegar is a thick, syrupy vinegar that is known for its intense flavor. It is made from grape must, which is freshly pressed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and stems of the fruit, that is highly concentrated and aged. It is typically a very dark color and it is used for all kinds of culinary applications, both savory and sweet. One of ... Read More »

Wilton Mini Whoopie Pie Pan, reviewed

Mini Whoopie Pie Pan

I wasn’t entirely sure that I needed a Mini Whoopie Pie Pan when I first heard about them. They’re put out by Wilton and they are lightweight, nonstick pans that bake twenty four tiny cakes at a time. The little cakes are about the size of mini muffin tops, and they are perfect for making bite sized whoopie pies, but they can also be used ... Read More »

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