Category Archives: Cooking

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 »

How to Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

The first time that I had toasted pumpkin seeds was in elementary school. I specifically remember my 1st grade teacher having us bring in seeds and toasting them – by which I mean watching her toast them – in the school’s kitchen. I don’t remember how they turned out, but it sure was fun. These days, I’m not even sure if you’re allowed to celebrated Halloween ... Read More »

Rachael Ray Garbage Bowls

ray ray's garbarge bowls

If you’ve seen Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, you know that there are a couple of signature things that she has and does. Extra virgin olive oil is EVOO and spices and such always get “measured” by wide approximation. She also always has a garbage bowl, a bowl into which all of her trash – wrappers, egg shells, veggie peelings, etc – gets dumped to ... Read More »

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