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How to Roast Strawberries

Sliced Strawberries

In most desserts, strawberries are used fresh. They’re not known for being a great baking berry, since they tend to lose their texture more than raspberries and blueberries do when they spend some time in the oven. But there are some benefits to letting your strawberries spend some time in the oven, which is why there are some delicious desserts that feature baked strawberries even ... 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 »

How to store cakes and cupcakes in the summer

Yellow Layer Cake

Baked goods should usually be stored in airtight containers to give them the longest shelf life and keep things from becoming stale. Airtight containers will keep cookies crisp and chewy and keep cakes moist and fresh tasting much longer than simply leaving them out on the counter. During the summer, however, keeping your baked desserts in an airtight container can actually create some unexpected problems, ... Read More »

How to make Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Coconut Cream Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch for many desserts. Light and creamy, it can provide a good contrast for intensely flavored desserts, such as rich chocolate cakes, and it can also bring all the elements of a summery shortcake together. All you need is heavy cream and a mixer – or a strong arm, if you want to burn a few calories before you ... Read More »

How to Grill Fruit

Grilled Peaches

When you are grilling on a warm summer night, one of the easiest dessert options is to throw some fruit on the grill. Grilling fruit intensifies its sweetness, just as roasting it in the oven can, as some of the water starts to cook out of the fruit and those natural sugars begin to caramelize. Grilling can add some additional flavor that an oven can’t, ... Read More »

How to cut a cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of the trickiest desserts to cut into and pull out a picture-perfect piece. Cakes and pies present their own challenges, of course, but cheesecakes present many challenges. They are dense and creamy, with a very moist/wet interior that loves to stick to knives and come away from the rest of the cheesecake in unattractive chunks. Fortunately, if you take a few seconds ... Read More »

How to Make Peep-Infused Vodka

Plate o' Peeps

Flavored vodkas are growing in popularity, with dozens of flavors popping up where there were once only a few. Instead of basic lemon and lime-infusions, you can now find much more creative flavors like cake, whipped cream and marshmallow. After a pre-Easter Peep-buying spree, I set out to make my own marshmallow-infused spirit using the popular marshmallow chicks. I filled up a large jar with ... Read More »

What does it mean when an ingredient is “divided”?

Flour measuring cup

When you read through recipes, there are often modifiers listed after the ingredients that tell you how they are supposed to be used. For instance, onions might be listed as “onions, diced” or apples might be listed as “apples, peeled and cored.” Ingredients are also frequently listed as “divided,” especially in baking recipes. When an ingredient is listed as being “divided,” the recipe is giving ... Read More »

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