Category Archives: Cooking

Are European-style butters better?

Walk into just about any grocery store and, in the dairy aisle, you’ll see several butter packages labeled “European style.” The descriptor was seen rarely only a few years ago and now brands like Plugra are all over the place. Some cooks swear by these specialty butters – but are they better than the standard American-style? The difference between European-style and American-style butters is butterfat ... Read More »

Super Snacks for Super Sunday

I hope that at least a few of you are football fans, like I am, but even if you’re not, I know that the biggest thing going this weekend is the Super Bowl and that many of you will be watching it (or at least checking out some of the commercials), or entertaining friends while the game plays in the background. Naturally, you’ll need some ... Read More »

Oil versus extract in baking

There is no doubt that flavorings are crucial to good baking. Spices and extracts are probably two of the most important types of ingredients to have in the kitchen after the baking basics. Spices are straightforward, even if you buy the kind that you must grind yourself, but the category of extracts and oils stumps many home chefs. An extract is a concentrated flavoring that ... Read More »

Virtual cooking with a Wii

Cooking Mama Cook Off

There have always been food, cooking and restaurant related video games available. Cake Mania is a very popular computer game where you run your own bakery. The (terrifying) Burger King King stars in a series and, several years back, I had a restaurant tycoon game that allowed you to digitally become a top restaurateur. Most foodie games are entertaining, but none really have all that ... Read More »

Food Network’s top 100 of 2007

For all you Food Network fans out there, the station has put up a list of their Top 100 recipes of 2007 on their website. Reading through it is a bit like watching several hours of programming in under a few minutes. Both #1 and #2 on the list are macaroni and cheese – one baked, one not – and others in the top 10 ... Read More »

Thanksgiving leftover ideas

With several hours between you and a food coma, it’s just about time to start thinking about what to do with all those Thanksgiving leftovers. After all, even if you’re not going to be able to eat more than a mouthful or two of toast until lunchtime (and the overall feeling of fullness finally starts to dissipate), it doesn’t hurt to have a plan in ... Read More »

Social recipe writing, with KitchenBug

KitchenBug

There is a new player on the social food site scene.¬†KitchenBug is an Israeli-based site for foodies that just launched this week. The way the site works is this: you can write your own recipes or upload links to favorites online (such as cookies from a particular blogger you like). The site keeps everything organized for you and makes your recipes and links available to ... Read More »

Can a mixing bowl be too large?

mixing bowls

Most mixing bowls that are marketed at home cooks are sold in relatively standard sets of three with a small, medium and large bowl. Recipes, in an attempt to help non-pro bakers get the best results possible, often indicate whether a large, medium or small bowl is called for in a given step. The reason for this is that some home cooks will try and¬†work ... Read More »

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