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How to Make Goth Ice Cream at Home

How to Make Goth Ice Cream at Home

If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably heard of the goth ice cream trend. The ice cream is black – hence the “goth” idea – and contrasts with the colorful unicorn and mermaid treats that have been brightening up people’s feeds for the past few months. Unlike most of its colorful counterparts, this “goth” ice cream is not made with food coloring. ... Read More »

How to Make Pie Crust Ice Cream Cones

How to Make Pie Crust Ice Cream Cones

If you love ice cream cones, you can buy an ice cream cone maker or a pizelle maker and make ice cream cones or waffle cone bowls to your heart’s content. If you don’t want to clutter up your kitchen with another countertop appliance – or you simply don’t have room for it – you will be happy to know that there is another way ... Read More »

The Best Way to Toast Almonds

How to Toast Almonds

Toasted nuts are a great addition to almost any recipe that calls for nuts, as they bring so much more to the recipe than their untoasted counterparts do. Toasting nuts enhances their flavor by bringing out their natural oils, and it enhances their texture by making them crisper than they otherwise would be. Usually, nuts are given a quick toast in a pan or in ... Read More »

How to Peel Almonds

How to Peel Almonds

Almonds are a delicious tree nut (they’re technically drupes, but culinarily they are considered nuts) that make a wonderful snack and ingredient to bake with. Almonds usually have a thin brown skin attached. The skin is edible and doesn’t impart too much flavor to the nuts, so most of the time we leave it on. That said, there are times when you may want to ... Read More »

What is The Difference Between Cream Pies and Custard Pies?

What is the difference between cream and custard pie?

Custard pies and cream pies are two pies that are similar enough that they are often confused. The differences between cream pies and custard pies are all in how they are prepared. Custard pies have a filling that is a mixture of eggs, sugar and other ingredients – milk, pumpkin puree, chocolate, etc – that is whisked together and poured in a pie shell to ... Read More »

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

When I buy bananas, I buy more than I need. In other words, if I think that I’m going to eat three bananas in a given week, I buy five or six. The leftover bananas will ripen to the point of being overripe, with dark brown mottled peels that make them look a bit unappetizing as an in-hand snack, but perfect for turning them into ... Read More »

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

Freeze dried fruit is often found in the snack aisle at the grocery store. You can even find it packaged as apple/pear/strawberry chips and marketed as a healthier alternative to potato chips. I am not big on snacking on freeze dried fruit because the dry, powdery texture just doesn’t work for me. I do buy a lot of freeze dried fruit, however, because it is ... Read More »

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

Citrus zest is a fantastic way to get a lot of flavor into a recipe. The zest is the colorful skin of citrus fruit and it is packed with flavorful essential oils. Recipes that use zest can be anything from pies to muffins to savory dishes. Most of those recipes call for a specific quantity of zest, but don’t specify how much fruit you need ... Read More »

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