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What is malted milk powder?


Malt is cereal grain that has been dried, sprouted, dried a second time and then toasted in an oven. Any grain can be malted, including wheat, oats and rice, however barley malt is the most common type of malt that you’re likely to come across. Grains are malted to give them additional layers of flavor and malted grains are known to add both additional sweetness ... 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 »

Delicious End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

Delicious End-of-Summer Tomato Recipes

While many of us are still enjoying some hot, sunny weather this month, kids are going back to school and the summer season is coming to an end. This means that some of the bounty of summer will soon be running out. I’ve stocked my freezer full of berries for the off-season, but some things – like tomatoes – are just best when they are ... Read More »

What is Ghee?


Ghee is a term for clarified butter that is often used in Indian and Southeast Asian cooking. As “clarified butter” rather than “ghee”, it is widely used in French and other European cuisines. Both ghee and clarified butter are prepared by cooking butter to separate its milk solids from its fat. The milk solids are skimmed off to leave a clear yellow liquid – fat ... Read More »

Culinary Showcase at the New School of Cooking

Students at the New School

The New School of Cooking is a small culinary school located in Culver City, Los Angeles, a part of town that is known to be a hotbed of great chef, excellent restaurants and a big foodie community. The New School has actually been in Culver City for 14 years – long before the new restaurants made it a foodie hotspot – and while the school ... Read More »

How to Grill Fruit

Grilled Peaches

When you are grilling on a warm summer night, one of the easiest dessert options is to throw some fruit on the grill. Grilling fruit intensifies its sweetness, just as roasting it in the oven can, as some of the water starts to cook out of the fruit and those natural sugars begin to caramelize. Grilling can add some additional flavor that an oven can’t, ... Read More »

How to measure melted butter

Melted Butter

Butter can be used in many different forms in a recipe. Cold butter is usually cut into flour for pastry or biscuits. Softened butter is usually creamed with sugar for cookies and cakes. Melted butter typically used for cakes and quick-mixing recipes like muffins and quick breads. Recipes call for butter in different ways. When you’re dealing with solid butter, measuring is easy, but I ... Read More »

How “Smart” is Your Kitchen?

Kitchen Shot

When I was starting to cook back in high school, I had a handful of cookbooks and a few recipe cards from my mom and my grandparents where they had jotted down some family favorites. The cookbooks were reliable, but the family recipes often left out crucial things, such as the cooking time or temperature. They were still great resources, but they left a lot ... Read More »

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