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Fresh pizza, from a vending machine

Pizza is not a difficult food to find. There are tons of places that will deliver a hot pie to your door in less than 30 minutes, what seems like hundreds of different brands in the freezer case of the supermarket, and too many pizzerias – good and bad – to count. Most people would say that the best pizza is one made from fresh ... Read More »

What’s Your Baking Personality?

Slice of classic white cake

Cornell University researchers studied nearly 800 family cooks and determined five distinct types of cooking personalities, types which supposedly influence the types of dishes that you make and what your “food biases” are. The study was done mostly to show that what we think we’re eating – healthy, tasty home-cooked meals – isn’t necessarily what we’re putting on the table because homemade doesn’t necessarily mean ... Read More »

Baking Bites in the Best 50 Food Blogs in the World

Top 50 Food Blogs

The UK’s Times Online, which is the online version of The Times newspaper, ran a big article on the world of food blogging this week and included their picks for the 50 Best Food Blogs in the World – a list that included Baking Bites, along with many other wonderful sites. It’s an honor to be recognized, and I want to say congrats to the ... Read More »

Alternatives to Peanut Butter in Baking

Sunflower seed butter

Even though neither Jif nor Skippy, the two largest peanut butter brands in the US, have been included in the recent peanut butter recall (neither sources products from the Peanut Corporation of America), peanut butter is still not at the top of most people’s shopping lists at the moment because of the salmonella scare. One of the upsides to this is that more people are ... Read More »

Baking Bites in People Magazine!

My recipes in people magazine!

My homemade girl scout cookies have hit the big time. They’re in print – and not just on Baking Bites! People Magazine’s country music special issue (released this month) has a three page feature that includes my three most popular girl scout cookie recipes: Do-Si-Dos, Samoas and Thin Mints. The recipes have been slightly simplified from the versions posted here, so they’re a bit less ... Read More »

World’s Biggest Cheesecake Record Set

World's Biggest Cheesecake

I’ve seen some huge cheesecakes at various restaurants and bakeries, but not even the biggest Cheesecake Factory cheesecake comes close to the world record setting cheesecake baked in Mexico last week. The massive cheesecake weighed about 2 tons by the time it was finished! It used nearly a ton of cream cheese and yogurt – equal parts of each, along with 772 pounds of pastry ... Read More »

Rising cost of Girl Scout cookies

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that Girl Scout cookies have gotten smaller in size while the boxes have gone up in price. This “grocery shrink ray” has hit lots of products, so the fact that it happens at all isn’t too surprising, but there is some point where consumers really need to step in and think before they buy. This year, the Girl ... Read More »

44th Pillsbury Bake-off open to entries

Pillsbury just opened to entries for their 44th Pillsbury Bake-off! The cooking contest is one where home cooks can submit their recipes in one of four categories for a chance to win a grand prize of 1 million dollars. It’s the biggest cooking contest in the country and one of the longest running, as this year marks the contest’s 60th anniversary. The first Bake-Off was ... Read More »

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