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Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract, reviewed

High quality vanilla extract is essential to a baker. Vanilla is a rich, complex flavor – despite the idea of “plain vanilla” being ordinary – that has the unusual ability to not only taste delicious on its own, but to make other flavors taste even more delicious. While some tastes tests have found that artificial vanilla extract can fool tasters in some recipes, there is ... Read More »

Wilton Cupcake Cone Baking Rack

Wilton Cupcake Cone Baking Rack

I don’t remember whose birthday it was, as it was many years ago, but I do remember the first time I was served a cupcake cone. Cupcake cones are cupcakes that are baked in ice cream cones, which have a neat combination of flavors and textures, as well as many fun decorating possibilities. The cupcakes are usually made using plain “cake” cones, which have flat ... Read More »

Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake

Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake

Zucchini is both a blessing and a curse during the summer growing season. It grows quickly and easily, but it grows so quickly that it is easy to be overwhelemed by your crop if you don’t keep eating your way through them. This Lemon Zucchini Mug Cake is a quick and easy to use up a little bit of leftover zucchini or to make a ... Read More »

Stack Happy

Stack Happy

Pancakes are a wonderful way to start your day. It’s true that many of us save pancakes for weekend brunches, but there is no reason that you can’t slip an easy batch of pancakes in to a weekday morning or enjoy them for dinner any time. Stack Happy is all about pancakes, serving up 70 tempting recipes that will inspire you to enjoy pancakes a ... Read More »

Cherries Jubilee Shortcake

Cherries Jubilee Shortcake

Shortcakes are wonderful desserts to make during the summer. They typically start with a lightly sweetened biscuit, which is split and stuffed with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake is the best known example of a shortcake, but you can make shortcakes with other types of fruit, including peaches and blackberries – and this Cherries Jubilee Shortcake is just one more delicious example. Cherries ... Read More »

Baking Bites & Spam on San Diego Living

Baking Bites on San Diego Living

Last week, I served as the judge at the San Diego County Fair for the Great American Spam Championship. This cooking contest is a huge national event that is held at 26 different state and county fairs across the country every year. There are divisions for both youth chefs and adults – and the grand prize for coming out on top of all the other ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Tests Potholders

Cook's Country Tests Potholders

Potholders are a basic piece of kitchen equipment that we all have in our kitchens and use every day. They don’t get a lot of attention, since they’re not nearly as glamorous as a shiny stand mixer, but we just them for everything from taking cookies out of the oven to removing lids from hot pans. A basic potholder is a terrycloth square (or just ... Read More »

Nutella Fudgsicles

Nutella Fudgesicles

Chocolaty fudgsicles were always one of my favorite popsicle flavors growing up. I made a huge mess almost every time I ate one – getting chocolate smears all over my face and my shirts – but since I wasn’t old enough to do my own laundry at the time, that was just part of the fun. These days, I still enjoy fudgsicles, though a few ... Read More »

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