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Homemade vanilla extract

TL’s homemade vanillaVanilla extract is an absolute staple for a baker. It is one of the few flavorings that works in just about everything (everything sweet, anyway) and, while cookies and cakes can be made without it, it really helps to round out the overall flavor of a baked good even when it is not the …

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Bites from other Blogs

My bookmarks from other bloggers this week were all over the place. I expected that most people would be going for Halloween or other mid-fall fare by this time and was surprised to find a lot of summery or any-time sort of dishes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve been known to make …

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Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another round of recipe from some of our closest – digitally speaking – friends. Is it just my imagination, or do recipes seem to get richer the closer we get to the end of the year? Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  • You’ll get two recipes in one with …

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Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another handful of amazing recipes from other bloggers. Have you noticed that even bloggers who don’t regularly bake tend to use their oven a bit more in the fall and winter? There’s sure to be many more inspiring recipes as the weather cools down even more this season.

  • An all-purpose  …

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Is cooking school for you?

success as a chefThere are professional chefs out there who are self-taught, who learned by cooking on their own and watching others at work, refining their skills in the kitchens of different restaurants. There are also many chefs and bakers who picked up most of their skill set at culinary schools, both at big names …

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