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CI rates Ice Cream Scoops

One of the most important pieces of kitchen equipment to have on hand during the summer – excluding a working refrigerator/freezer – is probablyt an ice cream scoop. That may be a big of an exaggeration, but when the weather is really hot, ice cream is a fantastic way to cool down quickly. A few months ago, Cook’s Illustrated ran a review of ice cream ... Read More »

Baking Unplugged

Baking Unplugged

I bake so much that it’s second nature. I don’t know what my kitchen would  look like without my stand mixer and various baking accessories. But to some, baking a cake can seem like an insurmountable task. Just look at any tv food reality show where the chefs complain about having to make a dessert: most of them pull it off, but not without acting ... Read More »

Cooking Club

Cooking Club

A cooking club is just what it sounds like – a group of people who come together to share their love of cooking, eating and food in general. Many people who join cooking clubs have a vested interest in food and are looking to meet other like-minded people. Others choose to join a group to encourage themselves to cook more, or even to get out ... Read More »

The Vegan Scoop

Even though there are tons of ice creams stocked on grocers shelves, few summertime activities are as satisfying as making a batch of homemade ice cream and eating it fresh out of the ice cream maker. This can be a challenge for some home cooks who prefer not to eat eggs and dairy, but still want the satisfaction of being able to make indulgent, refreshing ... Read More »

Organic and Chic

Organic and Chic

Organic cooking is as simple as using organic ingredients, right? This is true, and easier for meats and vegetables than it is for baked goods. It’s not because organic flours and sugars are so few and far between, but because there is a lot more that goes into baking a layer cake than cooking a steak. The premise of Organic and Chic is that baking ... Read More »

Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More

Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More

There are few things that are quite as comforting as a a warm bowl of apple cobbler or some other freshly-baked, fruit-filled goodie. Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More is a book that is dedicated to the homey comfort foods in this category. The great thing about these types of desserts is that they are incredibly unfussy. Unlike a cake, which has ... Read More »

Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City’s Best Pastry Shops

If you’re not planning a trip to Paris in the near future, there is no reason to miss out on all the delicious pastries that the city has to offer – and let’s face it, the pastries are a big part of the draw of Paris (that, the art and the Eiffel Tower, n’est pas?)! In Dorie Greenspan’s book, Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the ... Read More »

The Patisseries of Paris

The Patisseries of Paris

At one point in time, you could only find very basic travel guide books and most of them covered a wide area. These days, there are more guidebooks available than ever before and they have become increasingly specialized, focusing on cities, neighborhoods, interests and even food. This is great for travelers streamline a trip and see what they want to see. The Patisseries of Paris: ... Read More »

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