Category Archives: Baking

Bites from other Blogs

Olives are a fairly standard pizza topping, but somehow switching olives for olive tapenade, as Baking Obsession did in a Black Olive and Tapenade Pizza, makes them seem a lot more gourmet. This pizza doesn’t have any sauce, just a layer of very flavorful potatoes and a combination of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Fontina cheeses, as well as just the right amount of the tapenade, of course. ... Read More »

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The first thing I noticed about A Yankee in a Southern Kitchen‘s Roasted Tomato & Vidalia Onion Tart was the big chunks of crispy bacon that went into it, adding a smokiness and enriching the flavor of the dish. Bacon aside, the tart is made with fresh, roasted tomatoes and sweet, roasted onions. The veggies (and bacon) are layered with both cheddar and gruyere cheeses ... Read More »

Julie and Julia, the movie

The Julie/Julia Project was a blog about one woman’s – Julie’s – adventure of cooking her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child. The blog was eventually turned into a book, Julie and Julia, and that book has now been turned into a major motion picture of the same name. It stars Meryl Streep as Julia Child and Amy Adams as ... Read More »

What is shortening?

Crisco shortening

Shortening is a type of solid fat that is made from vegetable oils, such as soybean and cottonseed oil. Shortening seems to get its name from the fact that it shortens gluten strands in wheat by adding fat. Since it is 100%, as opposed to the 80% fat content of butter or lard, it results in a very tender baked good. It is frequently seen ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

The Lasagna Tart from 101 Cookbooks isn’t quite as hearty or cheesy as most lasagna variations. It doesn’t even have any noodles in the recipe. But it does have are all the traditional flavors of lasagna packed into an elegant tart crust. Instead of the noodles, it uses thinly sliced zucchini to give it some layers, and it still has lots of ricotta cheese and ... Read More »

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Today is Canada Day, and in tribute, Dinner with Julie baked some Maple Cupcakes. Maple cupcakes are a fitting treat for the holiday because maple syrup is so closely associated with Canada and Canadian foods. The cupcakes have quite a bit of maple syrup in the cake itself, and are topped off with a decadent maple syrup frosting. If you want to take the maple ... Read More »

What is arrowroot?

Arrowroot starch

Arrowroot, or arrowroot starch, is a powdery product made from the arrowroot plant, a starchy tropical root. The plant is dried and ground up to make the powder, which is primarily used as a thickener in the kitchen, much like cornstarch. Much like cornstarch, it is an excellent thickening agent. It has about twice the thickening power of regular flour. Unlike cornstarch, however, arrowroot is ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Lemonade and limeade are refreshing drinks, not just because they’re served cold, but because of the zestiness of the citrus fruits. This zestiness carries over into other dishes, so it’s no surprise that Culinary in the Country dubbed these Coconut-Lime Bars with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust as being refreshing. The bright lime flavor really stands out against the sweet coconut and nutty crunch of a shortbread ... Read More »

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