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Breakfast inspiration from Jim’s Pancakes

More of Jim's Pancakes

I will admit that I thought that I had come up with some creative pancakes over the years. I particularly like my Red Velvet Pancakes and my Halloween-themed Vampire Pancakes, but I tend to keep my pancakes looking like, well, pancakes. I was definitely inspired to start thinking outside of the box when it comes to pancakes after checking out Jim’s Pancakes. Jim is a ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix, reviewed

Frosted Cupcake

It is easy to whip up a simple buttercream to top off a cake or some cupcakes, but I was curious to try Trader Joe’s Chocolate Frosting Mix when I saw it on my last visit to Trader Joe’s. Frosting mixes used to be a very popular item on the baking aisle of many grocery stores, but were largely phased out as canned frosting became ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, reviewed

TJ's Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce

Towards the holidays, Trader Joe’s puts out all kinds of seasonal offerings. Their Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels are always at the top of my list. Dark chocolate is a great combination with caramel most of the time, but with these candies I’m just in it for the silky smooth caramel and the crunch of coarse salt sprinkled on top of the candies. It is ... Read More »

What are moon cakes?

5 kernel mooncake

Moon cakes are a traditional Chinese pastry that is eaten every year around the time of the Mid Autumn Festival, one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. Moon cakes consist of a thin layer of pastry wrapped around a dense filling. The filling can be almost anything, although the most traditional cakes will use a lotus bean paste and me include a ... Read More »

Record Set for World’s Largest King Cake

Record Setting King Cake

King Cakes are pastries that are associated with New Orleans and Mardi Gras. The cakes are actually sweet, yeast breads made with a dough that is similar to danish dough and are iced with bright colors and sprinkles. Many are also filled to make them even richer, and feature cream cheese-type fillings or almond paste, just to name a couple of options. I tend to ... Read More »

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, reviewed

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownies

Brownies tend convert to gluten free recipes fairly easily, as opposed to baked goods that rely heavily on the gluten in wheat flour for their structure, like rustic baguettes. Although cakey brownies have their fans, most brownies should be fudgy and tender, with a little bit of chewy to them and these are all qualities that are very possible to replicate with gluten free flour ... Read More »

How to make brownie pops

Me with a brownie pop

One of the many culinary activities that I took part in during my trip to the Betty Crocker test kitchens was making brownie pops. Brownie pops are simple to make, lots of fun to decorate and – of course – lots of fun to eat. Kids love these, so it’s a good activity for them to help with and a big batch is sure to ... Read More »

Food photos from the GM photo studio, part 2

General Mills Camera

I’ve only had the opportunity to visit General Mills’ photography studios twice, once last year and once this year, but anyone who regularly shoots food photos would appreciate the amazing setup that they have there. They make all of the food they photograph in kitchens inside the studios, so the food only has to travel a couple of feet from the oven or stove to ... Read More »

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