Category Archives: Baking

Dough Gloves

doughglove

Kneading dough can be a messy business, getting flour all over your kitchen counter and bits of dough stuck all over your hands. It is very satisfying work, of course, but there are times when you just don’t want to get dough all over the place and there are some doughs that are so sticky that they make kneading by hand very difficult. These situations ... Read More »

Foodie New Year’s Resolutions 2013

New Year's Resolutions?

January 1st is a good time to make new plans, set some goals and look ahead to the rest of the year. Of course, you could make resolutions any day, but it helps a little bit to use a firm date to get started and not procrastinate too much. My own resolutions are often food based, and this year is no exception. I’m keeping the ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Domestic Fits‘ Caramel Apple Galette with Champagne Whipped Cream is a dessert that is dressed up for a party. A galette is usually a rustic looking dessert, a free-form tart that doesn’t have much structure to it. This version, with its sweet apple filling, proves that a galette can still be dressed up. Caramel drizzle and whipped cream – infused with just the right amount ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

A crispy-chewy gingersnap is a classic holiday cookie, but you probably haven’t had anything quite like the Bacon Fat Gingersnaps that The Tart Tart baked up. The fat, which was rendered from bacon that ended up in sandwiches and other dishes, gives the cookies a smoky and somewhat savory note that is a definite change of pace from your average cookie. The cookies don’t really ... Read More »

Can you rehydrate a dried vanilla bean?

vanilla beans in sugar

Vanilla extract is used in most baking recipes to add a splash of vanilla flavor, which helps to intensify other flavors in your recipe. Vanilla beans, on the other hand, tend to get saved for “special occasion” baking. Since they can be fairly expensive, many people only reach for whole vanilla beans when they are making a special recipe that needs that extra vanilla flavor. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Sufganiyot are small, fried donuts filled with jam that are traditionally served for Hannukah. The Orange-Scented Sufganiyot from Elra look like a great twist on a holiday staple. The yeast donuts are laced with orange juice and scented with orange zest before bring fried, then are filled with preserves – apricot is a nice match, but something with orange is even better to carry the ... Read More »

Cook’s Country taste tests Sweetened Condensed Milk

Sweetened condensed milk

Sweetened condensed milk is a product where there usually aren’t too many choices between different brands in the grocery store. You might find yourself grabbing whatever brand is on the shelf when you need some, but there are differences between brands and Cook’s Country Magazine decided to give them a taste test in their Dec/Jan 2013 issue. They tasted four different brands, looking to see ... Read More »

The 2012 Rodelle Challenge

Rodelle Challenge

We have all had disasters in the kitchen before. Whether you added salt to a batch of cookies instead of sugar, stepped away from the stove to answer the phone and ended up with kitchen full of smoke, or discovered too late that your cousin put a frozen turkey into the oven for Thanksgiving dinner without defrosting it first, something as gone wrong at least ... Read More »

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