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Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie

Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pie

Even though some might consider a cookbook about pie to be a single-subject cookbook, I can’t put it in that category. Like cakes and cookies, pies are incredibly versatile are really could be considered a mainstay of baking – rather than a sidebar that doesn’t necessarily get that much focus (real single-subject cookbooks tend to highlight these out-of-the-spotlight dishes/ingredients, like S’mores). Pie: 300 Tried-and-True Recipes ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates pie plates

My pyrex pie plate

There is more to producing a perfect pie than good recipes for crust and filling. The pie plate itself is actually crucial to success of a pie. Some brown better than others, others promise to produce a crisper crust. The ideal pie plate will cook a crust evenly and produce a good crispness – or, at least, not leave the pie crust a soggy stick-to-the-pan ... Read More »

Enlightened Cakes

Lower fat baking is always a little bit tricky because you don’t really want to sacrifice flavor and texture for a “healthier” cake. Experimenting to come up with just the right “lighter” recipe can take quite a bit of time. One way to streamline the process is by getting a cookbook that has done the work for you, like Enlightened Cakes. The cookbook is dedicated ... Read More »

Advanced Bread and Pastry

It’s entirely possible that just about everything you need to know about baking is in Advanced Bread and Pastry, and if it’s not, then the book comes darn close to providing you with at least as much information as you could get on the subject at culinary school. It was actually designed to be a real resource for culinary students and baking professionals. The impressive ... Read More »

Baking Boot Camp

Baking Boot Camp

The phrase “boot camp” probably inspires thoughts of sweat and long days filled with intense physical activity – most likely cardio, push-ups and similarly athletic endeavors. In Baking Boot Camp those physical activities are more along the lines of whisking, kneading and moving hot pans in and out of the oven. The book is the story of one woman’s trip to a real baking boot ... Read More »

Baking Bites in People Magazine!

My recipes in people magazine!

My homemade girl scout cookies have hit the big time. They’re in print – and not just on Baking Bites! People Magazine’s country music special issue (released this month) has a three page feature that includes my three most popular girl scout cookie recipes: Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Thin Mints. The recipes have been slightly simplified from the versions posted here, so they’re a bit less ... Read More »

Small Batch Baking

Even though I don’t have any problems giving away a few dozen cookies when I have extra, there are times when you simply don’t need (or want) a huge batch of cookies or a full-sized layer cake. This is especially true if you have a small household and it takes you a while to get through all those treats. Enter Small Batch Baking. This cookbook ... Read More »

Baking By Flavor

Sometimes, you get a sudden urge to make (or eat) a cookie – and any kind will do. But most of the time, it seems like the desire for a particular flavor is more likely to strike than the desire for a particular type of baked good. Baking by Flavor is a cookbook that has just the answer to this type of situation. It is ... Read More »

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