Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

The Helms Bakery Truck, Culver City, CA

Nicholas at the Helms Bakery Truck

The Helms Bakery was a southern California fixture for decades, from 1931 to 1969. Their slogan was “Daily at Your Door” and their products were delivered throughout southern California by delivery wagons packed with fresh loaves of bread, donuts, cookies and cake. Their main facility was in Culver City, Los Angeles and is still a landmark for the area, now hosting a number of restaurants ... Read More »

What is imitation vanilla?

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a staple ingredient for bakers and I use it in almost every one of my recipes.¬†Vanilla beans are the most expensive form of vanilla and are a popular choice when making ice creams and custards, where you really want to see the seeds from the vanilla pods. Vanilla extract¬†is the most commonly used form of vanilla and it is an alcohol solution that ... Read More »

6 Cool Treats to Beat a Heat Wave

Heat Wave

When it is hot outside, nothing tastes better than something cold to help cool you down. These sweet, refreshing treats are fun to make even when it is hot out and they are all best served cold! Popsicles of all kinds are kids’ favorites in hot weather. You can skip the ice cream truck by making Homemade Fudgsicles. These chocolaty pops are easy to make ... Read More »

How to Pair Wine with Dessert

Mondavi wine pairing

Wine is usually paired with savory items. When you go to a restaurant and they offer wine pairings, more often than not these pairings only extend to the appetizers and entrees – not to dessert, which is paired with only coffee more often than not. I love coffee, but I am also a fan of wine, and wine – believe it or not – can ... Read More »

6 Delicious Desserts to take to a BBQ

Strawberry Desserts

Summertime is barbecue season. Planning barbecues is always fun, whether you’re making dinner for the family or cooking for a big group of friends. When it comes to food, there are lots of options. You can opt for smoked or grilled meats, hamburgers, sausages and all manner of grilled veggies, and sides like salads and fruit salads are always welcome. Dessert gets a little bit ... Read More »

Can I substitute for maple syrup?

Maple Syrups

Maple syrup is a delicious syrup that is popular not only as a pancake and waffle topping, but as an ingredient in all kinds of recipes. Maple syrup is only made during a small window each year in a fairly labor-intensive process, so it tends to be fairly expensive and that means that many people don’t keep it on hand all the time and that ... Read More »

Baker’s Bliss Finishing Sugar Set

Flavored Sugar Set

Whether you are baking a batch of muffins or making a batch of oatmeal, there are many different dishes that can benefit from a finishing sprinkle of sugar. Sugar – especially coarse sugar with large crystals – can add nice sweetness and texture when used to finish a dish, but sugar alone doesn’t add any extra flavor to take a dish over the top. One ... Read More »

Cook’s Country tastes Maple and Pancake Syrups

Maple syrup vs Pancake Syrup

Americans spend upwards of $400 million dollars a year on pancake syrup and maple syrup while shopping in supermarkets, and consumer much more than that when you take into account that people are dousing their pancakes, french toast and waffles in syrup when dining in restaurants. The vast majority of that money is spend on pancake syrup, not maple syrup, which is corn syrup that ... Read More »

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