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Did you make this yourself?!

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My friends know that I am a baker – and a prolific one, at that. Acquaintances know this and, from time to time, even strangers seem to be aware of it when they meet me (friends of friends or acquaintances, no doubt). Because of this, I’m always caught off guard when someone …

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Dad’s Spice Rub

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dad’s spice rubThere was no shortage of Father’s Day gift ideas this year, but in the end, I still opted to go the homemade route for my father’s gift. I mixed up a batch of one of his favorite spice rubs, all packed up in a convenient shaker and ready to go to the grill. It’s …

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10 foods you need in your kitchen

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The EatSmart column from the most recent USA Weekend listed 10 foods that every cook needs to have in their kitchen. There are a lot of things that could potential fill up a culinary must-have list, so to narrow things down a bit, this particular list was composed with an eye towards eating …

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How far will you go for ingredients?

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While I appreciate recipes that allow me to use ingredients I have on hand, I don’t mind ones that present me with unusual ingredients if they promise a particularly tasty result. For instance, seeking out a particular spice blend for a curry dish at an ethnic market or going to a specialty bake shop for …

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Quitting to bake

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Have you ever considered, even for a moment, leaving your job to take one in the food industry? While career changes in and of themselves are nothing new, coverage of them is, thanks to food-focused blogs, tv networks and larger newspaper food sections. Stories about leaving a corporate job to take up cooking on the …

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