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  • Game day greats

    Flourish - King Arthur Flour
    Susan Reid
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    By the time they get to Phoenix, you’ll be waiting. Your posse’s invited, the extra chairs are in place, and you’ve rummaged for all the extra heating trays, slow cookers, and serving dishes you own, getting ready for the party. If you’re looking for those last one or two menu items to secure your title of all-time-great hosts, allow me to recommend my personal 4th down and 9 yards to go ingredient strategy: Cheese!!! Cheesy things can be crunchy or soft; or in the case of today’s most valuable player, an ingredient that brings a number of others together to…
  • Granola Banana Bread

    Bake or Break
    Jennifer McHenry
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    As often as I eat granola and as much as I love banana bread, I'm a bit perplexed as to how I've not combined the two before now. It's really a perfect combination. Sweet, moist banana bread filled with crunchy granola? Now it seems so obvious! And don't you just love banana bread? It's great for a breakfast treat or just a snack. The same can be said for granola, whether you're eating it by the handfuls or with yogurt. Now you can have both at the same time! Of course, the great thing about this bread is that the taste and even the texture will vary depending on the granola you use. I…
  • Healthy Breakfast for Those On-The–Go

    The Fresh Loaf
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Healthy Breakfast for Those On-The–GoSubmitted by GeorgiouDespo on January 28, 2015 - 9:46pm.Mornings are busy hours. Two hands of mine and two ticking hands of the clock don't make mornings any easier. An empty or insatiate stomach can only add to the woes. Under such circumstances, the first meal of the day assumes great importance. Eat breakfast like a king cannot just remain a mantra for the fitness enthusiasts anymore. The morning grub is important for everybody and especially those who have rushed-up, heavy-duty mornings like me.It wasn't till recently that I struggled to eat…
  • making it look easy?  i hope not.

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    Sometimes when I post a particularly sweet photo, video, or blog post about our son, I get a comment back: “You make it look easy.” Undoubtedly, this comment comes from a good place.  It’s someone telling me that I’m doing ok at this whole mothering thing (hopefully, I am), that life seems pretty good (it is) and that the baby and I are clearly happy (we are).  But, oh my gosh.  The last thing I would want to do ever is make it look easy. Social media and blogging are such wonderful additions to our culture; they let people connect across huge distances…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Pancake Cake

    My Sweet and Saucy
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Hello! How’s it going? Out here, we’ve had a bananas winter, or lack thereof. I know it’s been a lot crazier and colder out there, so, sorry for the gloating, but this post ought to help you feel a bit better. Cuz this week, we go over a really excellent winter breakfast food, pancakes!! Kaytee made this cake a few months back and recently discovered she’d documented the process, so she’s here to share it with you! First we had a taller tier for this order. It really is up to you, how tall you’d like your cake to be, because realistically, you’re not…
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    Flourish - King Arthur Flour

  • Game day greats

    Susan Reid
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    By the time they get to Phoenix, you’ll be waiting. Your posse’s invited, the extra chairs are in place, and you’ve rummaged for all the extra heating trays, slow cookers, and serving dishes you own, getting ready for the party. If you’re looking for those last one or two menu items to secure your title of all-time-great hosts, allow me to recommend my personal 4th down and 9 yards to go ingredient strategy: Cheese!!! Cheesy things can be crunchy or soft; or in the case of today’s most valuable player, an ingredient that brings a number of others together to…
  • Gluten-Free Almond Flour Chicken Nuggets

    Alyssa Rimmer
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    With Super Bowl Sunday only 5 days away, and if your social media feed looks anything like mine, then I’m guessing you’ve been completely inundated with appetizers, snacks, and other game-day recipes. Problem is, they’re usually super unhealthy or loaded with ingredients that I can’t eat. We’re headed to a friend’s house to watch this year’s game, but I’m certainly not one to show up empty-handed. Bringing my own dish is also a good way for me to make sure that I have something safe to eat, and I won’t end up getting cranky because all I’ve had are a few celery sticks…
  • The King vs. the International Biscuit Festival champ

    PJ Hamel
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It all started with a letter. Not an email, mind you – a good, old-fashioned letter. Yes, typed on a computer; but printed on paper, put into an envelope with a stamp, and mailed. I was going to quote from the letter to you; but it’s so sweet, I thought you’d like to see it in full, as follows: Well, who can resist a challenge like this? The Biscuit Throwdown is on. I answer Doris with an actual letter – complete with a postage stamp, as payment in advance for sharing her recipe. Doris quickly writes back, saying, “Thank you for responding to my biscuit challenge. I…
  • We’re on a roll

    Natasha Wood
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    You may remember reading that our new King Arthur Flour Bake Truck hit the road in July. We’ve done quite a lot since then – including making 18 stops from Vermont to Florida, and collecting over $8,000 for local charities along the way. Setting up camp at fairs, festivals, and grocery stores, we gave out over 20,000 cookies – and chatted with many King Arthur Flour fans and avid bakers. We love meeting our customers and hearing your stories. Here are some highlights from our summer/fall 2014 tour – Our first stop was the Waterbury Arts Festival in Vermont. People of all ages…
  • Pretzel dough 9 ways, part 2

    PJ Hamel
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    For the prelude to this paean to pretzels, see Pretzel Dough 9 Ways, part 1. Now, where did we leave off with all the wonderful, amazing, and totally yummy things you can do with pretzel dough? Part 1 of this two-part series covers classic pretzels, plus rolls: sandwich, onion, and soft garlic butter knots. Those are the basics; let’s jump right in to some rather more decadent variations on simple pretzel dough. The photos here illustrate treats made from our easy Soft Buttery Pretzel Mix. Let’s start with pigs in a blanket. Divide your pretzel dough into 24 pieces. Flatten each…
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    Bake or Break

  • Granola Banana Bread

    Jennifer McHenry
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    As often as I eat granola and as much as I love banana bread, I'm a bit perplexed as to how I've not combined the two before now. It's really a perfect combination. Sweet, moist banana bread filled with crunchy granola? Now it seems so obvious! And don't you just love banana bread? It's great for a breakfast treat or just a snack. The same can be said for granola, whether you're eating it by the handfuls or with yogurt. Now you can have both at the same time! Of course, the great thing about this bread is that the taste and even the texture will vary depending on the granola you use. I…
  • Cinnamon-Caramel Sandwich Cookies

    Jennifer McHenry
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:32 am
    You know the phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts"? Well, that's the situation with these cookies. The cookie portion of these sandwich cookies is a simple vanilla cookie with a good dose of cinnamon. The filling is a cream cheese frosting flavored with store-bought caramel sauce. Both are very good on their own. Put those two things together, though, and you've got a wonderfully delicious cookie sandwich. There's just something about combining all that caramel with cinnamon that makes these irresistible. Honestly, I had a pretty good idea that these would be good, but I…
  • Red Wine Brownies

    Jennifer McHenry
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    I've had "make brownies with wine" on my baking to-do list for quite a while now. I remember seeing a chocolate dessert made with wine and thinking that brownies made that way would just have to be amazing. Chocolate and wine, after all, are two of my favorite things! Now I'm only sad it took me so long to make these. There isn't a huge wine flavor in these brownies. Rather, the wine adds a lovely complexity to the chocolate flavor for an unforgettable brownie experience. With as many different things I bake, I really don't like to make any definitive proclamations. But I can confidently tell…
  • Best Breakfast Recipes

    Jennifer McHenry
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    While most of my morning meals consist of a bowl of yogurt and granola, I really do adore baking something special for breakfast. A freshly baked biscuit, a warm muffin, a slice of coffee cake, or a homemade doughnut can take your morning from routine to fabulous. These are some of my favorite breakfast recipes. I hope you'll find some new favorites! Buttermilk Biscuits Banana Oatmeal Crumb Cake Cinnamon Bun Scones Cinnamon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread Chocolate Chip-Hazelnut Scones Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts Touch of Grace Biscuits Blueberry Sour Cream Drop…
  • Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

    Jennifer McHenry
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Mornings and I are not the best of friends. I am sadly not one of those people who can jump out of bed in the morning and be instantly ready to take on the day. No, I need a little while to convince myself to get going. But my love of breakfast goodies can create quite the conflict. That's why there are recipes like this one. You can put most of it together in the evening, let it refrigerate overnight, then just do a little bit more to get it in the oven the next morning. Even a non-morning-person like me can handle that! Essentially, this is a bread pudding. It's just geared a bit more…
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    The Fresh Loaf

  • Healthy Breakfast for Those On-The–Go

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Healthy Breakfast for Those On-The–GoSubmitted by GeorgiouDespo on January 28, 2015 - 9:46pm.Mornings are busy hours. Two hands of mine and two ticking hands of the clock don't make mornings any easier. An empty or insatiate stomach can only add to the woes. Under such circumstances, the first meal of the day assumes great importance. Eat breakfast like a king cannot just remain a mantra for the fitness enthusiasts anymore. The morning grub is important for everybody and especially those who have rushed-up, heavy-duty mornings like me.It wasn't till recently that I struggled to eat…
  • Hello from Qezon City, Philippines!

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Hello from Qezon City, Philippines!Submitted by js03 on January 28, 2015 - 9:42pm.Hi everyone!  I'm new here and new to baking bread!  I've baked plenty of cookies and pies but I've never made bread.  I really hope to eventually learn how to make sourdough bread, because I absolutely love sourdough.I'm really excited to try an bake some bread :)
  • foolish bread

    min sun-jung
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:44 pm
    foolish breadSubmitted by min sun-jung on January 28, 2015 - 7:44pm.Hi !!These days, I'm testing the flour water salt yeast bookIt's the result.
  • Been baking for as long as I can remember

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Been baking for as long as I can rememberSubmitted by bezec001 on January 28, 2015 - 7:19pm.Hi - My name is Jill, and my mother taught me to bake bread (and a variety of desserts) when I was still very little.  Now, I'm nearly 50, and am interested in baking bread again,  I've never liked the idea of using a bread machine or KitchenAid mixer to do the kneading.  I like the feel of the dough, and generally can tell but touch whether I'm done, or need to knead (pun intended) a bit longer.  I want to bake whole grain bread, and my son is interested in learning as well. 
  • Raspberry, blueberry, poppy seed muffins and other bakes

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Raspberry, blueberry, poppy seed muffins and other bakesSubmitted by Skibum on January 28, 2015 - 5:01pm.Breakfast this morning: raspberry, blueberry poppy seed muffins. Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately then combine. Gently fold in the blueberries. Fill prepared muffin tins half way, then press a whole, large raspberry in the center and fill up the tins. Bake @ 400F for 20 minutes turning at the half. Enjoy!!! Super easy: 1 cup flour 6 Tbs sugar2 Tbs poppy seeds1 t baking pow1/2 t baking soda1/2 t salt1 egg1/2 cup raspberry yogurt2 Tbs canola oil1 t lemon extract3/4 - 1 cup…
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  • making it look easy?  i hope not.

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    Sometimes when I post a particularly sweet photo, video, or blog post about our son, I get a comment back: “You make it look easy.” Undoubtedly, this comment comes from a good place.  It’s someone telling me that I’m doing ok at this whole mothering thing (hopefully, I am), that life seems pretty good (it is) and that the baby and I are clearly happy (we are).  But, oh my gosh.  The last thing I would want to do ever is make it look easy. Social media and blogging are such wonderful additions to our culture; they let people connect across huge distances…
  • career: where it all began

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    One of the things that I promised in 2015 was that I’d share more with you guys about my legal career.  From the start of this blog, I’ve struggled with how to incorporate my professional life with the content here, and up till now, I’ve never felt like I had the right solution.  Honestly, in the past seven years since Sugarlaws was founded, I’ve largely ignored the topic of my job on here.  Except for writing about the challenges of being a working mom, I haven’t written much about my life as a lawyer, and often it feels like a gaping hole that…
  • CHOPPED!  (introducing my post-partum haircut!)

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    This is sort of rite of passage, right? I scheduled a haircut for this weekend, and in the morning, as I was getting ready, I looked at my insanely long hair, and suddenly realized… I was sick of it. It was as simple as that: the ends of my hair have been growing for about a decade, nearly untouched.  After a terrible crop my freshman year of college, I’ve pretty much let my hair grow with just bare minimal trims twice a year.  But now that I’d grown my hair out to nearly waist-length, I found myself looking in the mirror and it just suddenly looked……
  • what a week this one has been.

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Have I got a story for you guys today.  (Skipping to the end, I’ll tell you: we’re fine, everything is fine.  As you can see in that picture above, Bear is totally ok, but… here goes.) So, last Friday, when I picked Bear up from the school he goes to in the afternoons, he felt a little warm.  A few hours later, his temperature had gone up to about 100 degrees, which is definitely a fever, but a pretty low-grade one.  It came down with Tylenol, and persisted for about a day and a half, and then he kicked it.  Almost immediately afterwards, he started…
  • New Year, New Beauty Routines!

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Dove.  I have been compensated for my participation, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. There’s something I want to admit to you guys.  I’ve gotten into a beauty rut.  Between work, the baby, and all my other commitments, taking time to pamper myself was dead last on my to-do list for most of 2014.  But, you know what?  The start of a new year is the perfect time to change that.  Sure, 2014 was hectic and harried — but that’s a huge reason to set some big beauty resolutions for…
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    My Sweet and Saucy

  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Pancake Cake

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Hello! How’s it going? Out here, we’ve had a bananas winter, or lack thereof. I know it’s been a lot crazier and colder out there, so, sorry for the gloating, but this post ought to help you feel a bit better. Cuz this week, we go over a really excellent winter breakfast food, pancakes!! Kaytee made this cake a few months back and recently discovered she’d documented the process, so she’s here to share it with you! First we had a taller tier for this order. It really is up to you, how tall you’d like your cake to be, because realistically, you’re not…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Teapot Carved Cake

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Well hello there! It Has been a minute, hasn’t it? Thanks to the holidays being over, we can resume our showing you fine folks how we make our cakes, ok? This week, Kasey made a really cute carved teapot cake! So she starts by carving up her layers of cake into a ball type shape.Then she fills the cake with her flavor, damming up the sides with Swiss Meringue buttercream. She then frosts the outside with buttercream, using a piping bag.She scrapes the sides then puts the cake in the fridge to set up. Then, with rubber gloves, uses her warm hands to smooth the cake into its round…
  • Thanksgiving Desserts + What I’m Thankful for…

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
            Well this year I definitely have a lot to be fhankful for!  We just had our second little cutie pie on November 3rd…little Donovan James Brandon!  He actually wasn’t little haha at 9 lbs 9 oz, but he still seems so tiny now compared to my sweet Blake! We have lots of delicious treats again for you this year!  Everything from our Pumpkin Naked Layer cake (can be ordered with 3 or 4 layers of cake) to our Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake with Gingersnap Pecan Crust!  Those are just two of my favorites, but scroll below to see what all we have in store for…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Carved Dinosaur Cake

    10 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Hello! This week we’re showing you a super special little guy! We had an order last week of a dinosaur cake and a Hello Kitty cake for a lucky family’s two kids’ birthday parties. We had so much fun making them, and Kaytee‘s going to show you how to put the dinosaur together! Here he is all finished up! A note about how this cake was made: we’ve been incredibly lucky to have Melody’s brother-in-law be such a handy man, that he’s been building us wooden supports for our sculpted cakes. So we’ve been able to up our structured cake game,…
  • Behind the Scenes @ Sweet & Saucy: Circular Ruffle Cake

    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Well hello there! Fall’s here and we’re just loving wearing sweaters again! We hope that wherever you are, you’re enjoying the beautiful autumn weather as much as we are! This post, Kaytee is here to show you how to put together this little beauty: First you make my darkest color of fondant, as this is an ombre cake, and to get the lighter colors, you progressively add white. Then you roll it through the pasta machine to a 3. You take out my circle cutter and select the size you wish to use, cutting out circles and covering them and the remainder with cellophane. We do…
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    Jenny Bakes

  • Low-Carb Low-Sugar Gluten-free Microwave Single Serving Brownie

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Well, you know, lower-carb. Lower-sugar.  I am not sure where the line is really drawn to call something actually low. I started with the recipe on the No. 2 Pencil blog, which makes a tasty regular one-serving microwave brownie.  JennyBakes' Low-Sugar Low-Carb Gluten-Free Single Serving Microwave Brownie2 tbsp butter 1-2 tbsp brown sugar splenda (6-12 carbs)pinch of kosher salt1 egg yolk4 tablespoons of almond flour (5 carbs)1 tablespoon of Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder (3 carbs)1 tablespoon of sugar free chocolate chips (optional, 9 more carbs)1. Melt the butter in a…
  • Mini Cocoa Pavlova

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:39 pm
    In my attempts to make sweets from Southeast Asia and Oceania, I would be remiss to overlook Australia! Pavlova is a standard Australian and New Zealand dessert, one I've made several times. There was the time I went searching for a cloud-themed dessert and made a pavlova topped with passion fruit, whipped cream, and fresh fruit. Then there was the time that I had to make the cover recipe from the amazing Wintersweet cookbook - the Cocoa Pomegranate Pavlova. Pavlova isn't new, but I had egg whites to use and an Australian book on the horizon - something by Richard Flanagan, most recently…
  • Baking Around the World: Banana Pancakes (Papua New Guinea)

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    For the past few years, I have been involved with a marvelous reading group in Goodreads called The World's Literature. In 2012, we read books from Japan, in 2013 it was Turkey, and this past year we focused on Iceland.  I learn so much during these group reads, whether I read a long with a book everyone is reading, or select my own books to read from the country or region.This year, we are focusing on the large swath of the globe from Southeast Asia down to New Zealand, and all the tiny islands making up the South Pacific and Oceania in between.  There are a lot of different names…
  • Paleo Low-Sugar Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

    5 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I kept forgetting to post these cookies, but now that all of you are brimming with new year's resolutions, this recipe couldn't come at a better time.  This is pretty versatile as far as the bits you add, and I started with a sweet potato recipe, using pumpkin instead.  Just to clarify, pretty sure cavemen weren't running around eating sugar free chocolate chips, but most of the time I'm starting with a paleo recipe and turning it into a low-sugar recipe instead.  They are close but not exactly.The recipe originates in Paleo Magazine, with credit to, but the…
  • Baking Around the USA: Brown Sugar Pecan Cookies (Georgia)

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:47 pm
    It has been a while since I made a baked good to pair with a book I had been reading, but that's about to change around here!  I only have 12 states left in my Around the USA reading challenge, and my World Lit group is tackling Australia/New Zealand/Oceania/Southeast Asia.  Tasty treats will be essential!I binge-read Flannery O'Connor short stories.  If you aren't familiar with her, she is one of the quintessential southern writers, from Georgia.  Do you know what else is from Georgia?  No, don't say peaches.  (Stephen Colbert begs to differ.) …
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    Real Baking with Rose Levy Beranbaum

  • Bakers Dozen of Napa Revisited: Baking Bible Tour part 8

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Cedar Gables Bed and Breakfast owners, Susie and Ken, greeted us and Susie showed us what she had baked from the book. Soon Annie arrived, known as Annie the Baker, for her cookie business. Her plump, moist cookies are totally addictive! They are called "more than a cookie" because, though baked, they give the impression of containing unbaked cookie dough. The itinerary for the night was for each baker to make a recipe from the book and present it for all to see in a room off the large dining room. Then, with everyone seated at the table, each baked recipe was taste tested by everyone at the…
  • Two Special Events in Dallas, Texas in February

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Woody and I are visiting our dear friend and colleague Zach Townsend and he has organized two terrific events. The first event is on Saturday afternoon, February 7, from 4 pm to 7 pm. The host is Chandler Roosevelt Lindsley, granddaughter of FDR and Eleanor. It is limited to 20 people and will include a demo, tasting, sparkling wine and hors d'oeuvres. The ticket price of $125.00 includes a copy of The Baking Bible which Woody and I will sign, and of course feel free to bring any of Rose's books you may already have. To register, please call Zach at 214-289-5419. He can accept credit…
  • A Prized Ceramic Pan

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Ceramic coated pans are great but eventually the lining wears. When I discovered this 100% ceramic pan from Trema I knew I was going to have to try it out. Although it is not as non-stick as ceramic coating it has many other virtues that ceramic coating is lacking: it is microwavable, it can be used both on the cooktop on high heat and under the broiler, and is scratch-proof--it can even be cleaned with a scouring pad if necessary. One of my favorite uses of the Trema ceramic pan is cooking salmon. I sprinkle the salmon with a sugar and spice seasoning. I start by preheating the broiler. Then…
  • Della Fattoria and Kathleen Weber: Baking Bible Tour part 7

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    On a sunny Monday morning, we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to drive up to see my wonderful friend Kathleen Weber, owner of Della Fattoria in Petaluma. Kathleen and her husband Ed, also own the awesome artisanal bread factory, from which they supply many of the restaurants in the region, including San Francisco. I first met their amazing bread when I had my first dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville. Kathleen joined us for a light lunch of their signature bread, tuna sandwiches, and of course desserts from the bakery case. We also got a tour of the production. Kathleen's cupcakes,…
  • Baking Bible Out Bakes: Cake, Pie, Cookie

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
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    Nosh With Me

  • Napa Valley Wine Train

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Disclosure: I received two complimentary tickets for the Wine Train. And it was AWESOME. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to experience the Napa Valley Wine Train, and it was a day like none other! If you haven’t heard of the Wine Train, it’s a train that runs from Napa to St. Helena and is […]
  • 2014 In Pictures

    30 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    It was a fun and delicious year both in and (mostly) out of the Nosh With Me kitchen. Thanks for being a part of it, and Happy New Year!
  • SOLD OUT: LA Cookie Con Info (and Promo Code)

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    NOTE: THE ORGANIZERS HAVE SAID THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Have you heard of LA Cookie Con? It’s like a dream come true–a day filled with sweets in LA! There will be samples, exhibitors, contests, celebrity chef/author appearances, pastry decorating classes and more. Plus, a portion of proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Save the […]
  • Gingerbread Men Cookies

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I love Christmas cookies, especially gingerbread cookies. But being Jewish, I’ve never had to do one of those marathon baking sessions…until now. This year, I decided to bake and ship cookies as gifts, and gingerbread men were on the list. This recipe is wonderful–it’s easy, the dough rolled out well, and the taste and texture […]
  • Status Kuo–New Rotisserie Restaurant in Mar Vista

    7 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Earlier this week, I attended a tasting event at Status Kuo, a new rotisserie restaurant in Mar Vista by chef David Kuo, specializing in roasted meats, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian and vegan options as well. Check out their menu. We enjoyed three main dishes, as well as dessert, and everything was amazing! House-made hibiscus and […]
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    Baking And Books

  • Reasons why any home owner should have a trusted plumber for home repairs

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:14 am
    Every home owner should have a plumber that they trust and who is reliable for home calls when plumbing problems occur.  Oftentimes, problems with plumbing come up unexpectedly and always at a bad time (is there a good time to have your toilet overflow?).  Plumbing problems often require a quick fix.  For this reason, you should have a plumber in your phone book who you know will come when you need help. Of all of the different types of contractors who come to your home, plumbers are perhaps the most important and most widely used type.  This is because they help to repair a part of your…
  • Find homeschooling programs online.

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:50 am
    Much of the talk in education these days is surrounded by options and finding the right fit for your children.  Traditional schools are being challenged to change their pedagogies to find the right ones for any select group of students.  It is a challenging time in education and one that even challenges the parents and how they are to provide for their families.  Nevertheless, there are a multitude of options out there that families can select. Right now, you can choose from anything from a traditional public school to a charter school to even the opportunity to homeschool your kids.
  • Hunter Douglas Blinds Offer Sleek Styles

    Ashley Johnson
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:56 am
    There are many ways to bring privacy and shade to your home. Primarily by way of window coverings. As we know, windows come in many different shapes and sizes as well as generational style of construction. There are many reasons windows are key elements to a building or household, many which are plain to see. With the exposure that windows provide us comes the element of security and need for privacy. If you can see out then most likely someone can see in. Most people are not interested in showing the rest of the world what goes on behind the walls of their homes or buildings, thus the need…
  • This Highlands Dentist is ready to help you meet your dental needs

    Caroline Yates
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    There are a lot of dentists out there, to be sure. Indeed, if you are looking for a great dentist in your area, there are many willing and ready candidates who can help you get the best dental treatment they offer. If you are looking for a wonderful Highlands Dentist, look no further than Riverfront Dental, as they have the knowledge base and the experience to help you really get the kind of dental treatment that you will be happy with in the long term. There are a lot of reasons to choose Riverfront Dental, but perhaps the most important thing to remember whenever you are looking into a new…
  • Is it time to get your bathroom remodeling done?

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:50 am
    Is it time to get your bathroom remodeling done? If it has been more than 10 years since you have had a bathroom remodel done it may be time. It is very quick for a bathroom to come out dated and look not like a shit anymore. The bathroom is where much moisture filter around and because it is a candy teary-eyed the walls molding and even some other places around the bathroom. If it is time for you to get bathroom remodeling done then look into working with the professionals at marrokal. By being able to work with experts you know how do you do all kinds of remodeling this can help you get…
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    Baking Bites

  • Rum and Vanilla Cupcakes with Rum-Spiked Cream Cheese Frosting

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I’ve been using a lot of rum lately. Like bourbon, rum is a flavorful spirit that can make a great addition to baked goods. The most well-known use of rum in a dessert is a rum cake, which is typically soaked in a rum and sugar syrup to make it exceptionally moist and give it a strong rum flavor. Rum can be used in recipes in other ways, as well, and these Rum and Vanilla Cupcakes are just one tasty example. These moist, fluffy cupcakes have a generous splash of rum right in the batter. It is enough to give them a good rum flavor, though you can still taste the vanilla and the buttery…
  • Bites from other Blogs

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Affogatos are one of my favorite easy desserts. They start with a scoop of ice cream that is topped with espresso or strong coffee, for a dessert that is hot and cold, sweet and strong. Cookie and Beer put together an indulgent S’mores Affogato with Marshmallow Whipped Cream that is even more decadent than most. It combines mocha ice cream, strong coffee and homemade marshmallow whipped cream, then tops the whole thing off with a dusting of graham cracker crumbs to ensure that you are tasting the full s’mores flavor in every bite. This is a great easy dessert for entertaining…
  • Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix, reviewed

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    It was more than six years ago when Trader Joe’s released its first gluten free brownie mix. At the time, gluten free baking wasn’t as commonplace as it is now and the mix was one very easy way to quickly mix up a gluten free chocolate treat. Fast forwarding to today, Trader Joe’s has recently added a new Baker Josef’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix to their lineup of baking products. The original mix was primarily made with brown rice flour and evaporated cane juice, and was free of wheat, nuts, milk/dairy, soy and corn. The new mix has a slightly more…
  • Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    It is easy to imagine making some foods. For instance, you can probably picture yourself making Homemade Girl Scout Cookies, Homemade Oreos or a version of your favorite muffin from the local coffee shop. It is not as easy to imagine yourself making some other products at home – but with a little bit of time and the proper ingredients, you can really make almost anything. If you are lover of spicy foods, you might want to consider picking up a Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit. The kit has everything you need to make and bottle your own custom hot sauce blend. The kit includes all of the…
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    Cupcake Project

  • Pad Phai (a.k.a. Pad Thai Pie)

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    When my friend Ray challenged me to make Pad Phai (Pad Thai Pie), I smirked and couldn’t resist accepting. Pad Thai is the typical American gateway drug to Thai food, leading the way to curries and spicy Thai soups.  It’s Thai comfort food and I knew that it would be even more of an American crowd-pleaser in pie format with a sweet peanut crust.Read the full article here
  • Gooey Sticky Sweet King Cake Pecan Pie

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    “Beads!! Beads!!” the Mardi Gras parade-goers chant.  Forget that!  I say, “Pie!!  Pie!!”  I’m talking about the ultimate Mardi Gras dessert – King Cake Pecan Pie. King cake is the classic Mardi Gras dessert.  It’s a bread-like cake that tastes like a nutty cinnamon roll.  King cake is famous for its vibrant decoration in the Mardi Gras colors of gold, green, and purple as well as the tiny baby hidden in the pie (whoever gets the piece with the baby has to host the Mardi Gras party next year).  For my Mardi Gras dessert, I used king cake as the…
  • Loaded Funfetti Dessert Nachos

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    This may be the Super Bowl dessert of all Super Bowl desserts – I made cookie dessert nachos, you guys!  And, not just any cookies, but crunchy funfetti cookies! I didn’t stop there.  I went one step further to make them loaded nachos with a meringue dip (you can use marshmallow fluff if you want to save time), diced strawberries, and chocolate chips.  You can get creative with this and add chocolate sauce, Nutella, caramel, or whatever else you can dream up!   Touchdown!Read the full article here
  • Chocolate Rum Cupcakes with Chocolate Mousse Frosting

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Sometimes cupcake recipes can go frosting-free, the cake a perfect dessert all on its own.  These chocolate rum cupcakes, however, should always be presented as a package deal with their chocolate mousse frosting.  The cake is heavy and almost bitter from blackstrap molasses and spiced rum.  When matched with the sweet and airy chocolate mousse frosting, the chocolate rum cupcakes take on a new identity, seeming sweeter than they actually are – the bitterness is masked and flavor subtleties shine through. I could eat a full-sized chocolate rum cupcake without a problem, but in the…
  • What Do You Think?

    3 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Can you believe it’s 2015?  I still remember when the year 2000 seemed so far away and futuristic (Where are the flying cars, people?).  2015 means that I’ve been writing Cupcake Project for nearly eight years.  In all of that time, I’ve never done an opinion survey.  At first, I didn’t care what anyone else thought; this blog was a place for me to record the things that I love.  If you dug them too, cool beans; if not, oh well.  After eight years of writing Cupcake Project, I’ve learned that what we have is definitely not a one-sided relationship.  I…
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    David Lebovitz

  • Meeting the Producers and Cooks in Paris

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    An anonymous SMS (text) popped up on the screen of my phone late Saturday afternoon, letting me know that there was a journée de rencontre les producteurs on the rue du Nil in Paris, where there would be wine and food, and a chance to meet the producteurs (producers). There was no name attached to it — someday, I will figure out how to sync my iPhone with my contact list so that it doesn’t lose contacts. But I presumed it wasn’t a trap (albeit a tasty one…) or anything. And since the street is known for great food shops that carefully source their ingredients, and…
  • Orange-Glazed Polenta Cake

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:48 am
    Apparently I’m not the only one who loves polenta cake. The Italians like it so much that it’s called Amor Polenta. Which means “Polenta Love.” Well, at least that’s what I thought it meant, because amour in French means “love.” And I assumed that it was the same in Italian. (Another reason for finally getting on that life-long ambition to live in Italy and learn Italian.) But for now, checking in an Italian dictionary, I found out that “amor” means “sake.” (As in, for the purpose of.) So I’m not sure how it got its name,…
  • La Tuile à Loup

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:23 am
    Zut! Just after I walked into La Tuile à Loup, the owner of the shop was presenting a customer with two cassoles that he’d retrieved from his store-room, to choose from. As the customer scrutinized each one, I also was eyeing them both longingly, with the same feeling that you get when you’re at a flea market and someone is holding something that you really, really want, and gently negotiating with the vendor. But there’s nothing you can do except wait for that precise moment when they set it back on the table and their hand unclenches the object. And it’s fair game,…
  • Cranberry-Glazed Meatballs

    15 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    It’s cranberry season! Well, it was back around the holidays a month or so ago. And now that it’s over, as much as I love cranberries, it’s hard to get people enthusiastic all over again. And that’s made even harder when you live in a place where cranberries don’t hold the same sway over Parisians, as they do with Americans. People often express dismay that expats exalt certain foods that “foodies” (which doesn’t have a translation in French) would otherwise find reprehensible, such as stuffing mix, canned pumpkin, and tinned cranberry sauce. (I…
  • Baked Marsala Pears

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:54 am
    Because it’s one of my common pantry items, shortly after I’d moved to Paris, I went to the supermarket to get Marsala, to stock my larder. Much to my surprise, the supermarket didn’t have it. So I went to another, then another. Then another. Then I went to some liquor stores, where I thought for sure it would be on the shelf, but no one had ever heard of it. They kept trying to sell me Madeira, which is kind of like comparing Champagne to crémant. Both can appear to be similar, but are world’s apart – although I like them both. I was pretty perplexed because…
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  • January 28th: Hotel Chocolat The Sleekster Valentines Selection

    James Edwards
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Love is in the air folks! Yes before all we all go noshing away on those Easter Eggs we all first have to navigate are way through all of the Valentines themed goodies on sale this year. Now when it comes to the Valentines Day gifts you may have noticed down the years that we have never ventured far away from the delights sent to us by the folks over at Hotel Chocolat.Just as we are when it comes to Halloween we are a little sceptical when it comes to Valentines but we know alot of you guys aren't and we that it's our job we point you in the right direction when it comes to buying your…
  • January 26th: Belfine Swirl Pops

    James Edwards
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Belfine are back on @ChocMission and after winning one of our 2014 Awards (See HERE) they are back with a bang ... or should we say ... a pop!? Yes folks we are delighted to bring you the latest of our Belfine Fine Chocolates reviews, for those who have only just started reading the site lately you might want to check the @ChocMission archives to be brought up to speed as to who these guys are! Belfine are one of the most exciting chocolate producers we have the pleasure of knowing at the moment so it is with great delight we today bring you our review of their Belfine Swirl Pops.You will…
  • January 23rd: Chips Ahoy! Crispy Choco Caramel

    James Edwards
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Kcal 70 Fat 3.4g Fat(sats) 1.7g Carbs 8.8g (per cookie)You will have seen a few weeks ago how excited we were by the appearance of Mondelez's Chips Ahoy! cookies finally making their long awaited UK debut when we reviewed their Chips Ahoy! Popcorn Candy Crisp flavour. Well obviously in keeping with true @ChocMission tradition we were going to leave the best until last when it came to rating the two new flavours :) Today choco-addicts we bring you our thoughts on the all new Chips Ahoy! Crispy Choco Caramel cookies.As with the Popcorn Candy Crisp variant these came in a 168.0g resealable…
  • January 21st: Milky Way French Vanilla & Caramel

    James Edwards
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Kcal 220 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 6.0g Carbs 35.0gWe always like to keep on top with all the latest chocolates and limited edition goodies that come out over the pond. Having friends like @AmericanSoda helps a lot but sometimes we rely on our readers to help us out with some of the more obscure items we can't get hold of. Step up to the plate @ChocMission reader Bev - he contacted us recently on Twitter and offered us a few of these new Limited Edition Milky Way French Vanilla & Caramel bars. We did these feature on one of Cybele's Candy Teases a few months ago but not heard anything…
  • January 19th: Glico Pocky Green Tea Cookie Crunch

    James Edwards
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Kcal 71 Fat 3.3g Carbs 9.2g (per 14.1g pack - 4 Sticks)Here at ChocolateMission we often astounded by some of the site traffic statistics when we look at our reviews on Glico Pocky sticks (See archive HERE). They are by far some of our more popular reviews and attract lots of visits from people outside of their place of origin (Japan!!). Luckily for us we have great links with JList - the worlds biggest exporter of all things from the Far East (snacks, food, manga comics ... you name it, they have it! See HERE). Today we thought we would give you our run down of these Glico Pocky Crush Matcha…
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  • How To Make A German Chocolate Cake

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    A few months ago, my Uncle Larry asked me to make him a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday.   I really haven’t made many German Chocolate Cakes over the years, but because he’s been sick for several months, I wanted to not only make him one… I wanted it to be excellent!! Other than requesting the… [read more...] Author information Rose I'm Rose and I blog over at Rose Bakes. I'm baker, cake decorator, wife, and homeschooling mommy to 6 wonderful children! My love of cakes started at the age of 13, I started a business in 2009 then my blog was born in 2012! It's…
  • How To Make A Realistic Heart Box of Candy

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    Okay, there is just no way around stating that this cake is a kind of a show stopper. People will assume it’s a real box of chocolates (well, it kind of is) but at least they won’t know that the box is actually made out of cake. By separating the typical layered cake, you get… [read more...] Author information Cakegirls Hi, we're Cakegirls - sisters Mary and Brenda Maher. We owned a cake shop in Chicago for many years, competed on the Food Network and even had a reality show called Amazing Wedding Cakes. In 2010, a fire changed our lives but not our love of cakes! We…
  • How To Make Sugar Mold Cupcake Toppers

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    This is a super easy technique to create sugar mold cupcake toppers that would work in any color and with a huge variety of molds. Because mini lips are so hard to resist, we decided to make these sugary little accents for mini Valentine’s Day cupcakes but could have easily made a top for any… [read more...] Author information Cakegirls Hi, we're Cakegirls - sisters Mary and Brenda Maher. We owned a cake shop in Chicago for many years, competed on the Food Network and even had a reality show called Amazing Wedding Cakes. In 2010, a fire changed our lives but not our love of cakes!
  • How to Make an Upside Down Pineapple Cake

    Farwa & Abeer
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Upside down pineapple cake, or pineapple “tarte tatin” as some of you might know it, is one of those classic cakes that most of us grew up on. My mom has the most amazing recipe for this cake that I am sharing today. It’s so soft and fruity and tastes splendid! This cake requires no… [read more...] Author information Farwa & Abeer We are 2 of the biggest cake lovers you'll ever meet and obsessed with baking and cake decorating. We blog about all this and much more at Cakewhiz. TwitterFacebookGoogle+ The post How to Make an Upside Down Pineapple Cake appeared first…
  • How to Make Simple Fondant Ribbon Roses

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    Today I want to share with you How to Make Simple Fondant Ribbon Roses.  These roses are very easy to make, and they’re perfect to adorn little girl birthday cakes (as you see above) or baby shower cakes or cupcakes (see a cupcake at the end of the post), or even for wedding cakes! For… [read more...] Author information Rose I'm Rose and I blog over at Rose Bakes. I'm baker, cake decorator, wife, and homeschooling mommy to 6 wonderful children! My love of cakes started at the age of 13, I started a business in 2009 then my blog was born in 2012! It's how I to share my love of…
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    Cupcakes Take The Cake

  • Chocolate Red Wine Cupcakes

    28 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    These cupcakes would be a nice dessert after a romantic dinner. Karen of Cupcake Queen made these chocolate cupcakes with red wine buttercream frosting topped with royal icing grapes. The cake recipe is from gluten-free cupcakes (Elana's Pantry). She replaced a third of the agave with reduced red wine and sugar. Frosting recipe from Sprinkle Bakes. The royal icing recipe from Martha Stewart’s
  • Ikea Cupcakes? Yes!

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:07 am
      Everyone knows Ikea has great meatballs, but even I didn't know they had cupcakes until I went to the new location in Kansas City recently.  I tried this sweet looking spice cake in their café and I have to say that it was light and moist and very tasty, especially the ultra creamy spiced icing. It was also affordable, so definitely worth a try if you're shopping!  
  • Review: Baked By Melissa's Valentine's Day Cupcake Pack

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    Shipping cupcakes has always been a challenge for bakeries. The packaging has the right. The cupcakes have to be secured so that the frosting and cupcakes remain in tact. The cupcakes have to stay cool. Most important, they have to taste good. Well, Baked By Melissa has exceeded my expectations. They sent me a Valentine's Day pack of 25 itty bitty cupcakes, and they arrived perfectly. The
  • New Book From Hello Cupcake Authors: Cake My Day

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    It's time to craft with cakes again.  Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, authors of Hello, Cupcake!, What's New, Cupcake? and Cupcakes, Cookies and Pie, Oh My are releasing another book, Cake My Day.  The publication date of the new book is March 24th, but you can pre-order Cake My Day now.
  • Kansas City Royals Valentine's Day Cupcake Grams Available!

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
    The Kansas City Royals are handing out very special Valentine's this year, for those willing to pay the price: From their FB page: "Secure a unique Valentine's Day gift for the one you love with a Sluggerrr Gram. Packages include roses, custom cupcakes, ticket vouchers and a visit from our favorite loveable lion, Sluggerrr! Learn More:" Valentine's will be handed
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    Cookie Madness

  • Clumpy Crunchy Granola Without Oil

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time I used to be the only one in our house who loved granola, but something changed and now the whole family can’t get enough of it. Maybe it’s the weather? I don’t know, but since granola disappears so quickly now I’m making more of it and fine tuning old recipes. This is our latest favorite.... Read... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dairy Free Chocolate Pie

    25 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time My grocery store has a lot of “buy something get something free” deals, and the latest one was buy a pack of K-cups and get a free pint of So Delicious brand non-dairy coconut milk creamer. I honestly would have never bought that given that we drink our coffee black, but since it was free... Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Milk Chocolate Fudge

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Cookie Madness Cookie Madness - Keeping Life Sweet One Cookie at a Time I was a little skeptical towards a milk chocolate fudge recipe. Wouldn’t milk chocolate make it too sweet? But when Sue, whose taste I trust implicitly, mentioned this milk chocolate fudge was her favorite, I gave it a try. It may be my favorite too! It’s not overly sweet and the dairy flavor of milk... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more

  • Hand-Painted Wedding Cake

    Anne Heap
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:59 pm
    We were honored to work with 201 Bride magazine for a recent hand-painted wedding cakes shoot. From the article: Whether your style is avant-grade or impressionistic, hand painted cakes can turn a simple sweet treat into a masterpiece Hand-painted wedding cake with roses, succulents, dahlias, protea and ranuculus The journalist writing the article, Francesca Giordano Ferrara, did a wonderful job describing the cake: A subtle palette of pastel hues delicately decorates this charming confection. Roses, succulents, dahlias, protea and ranunculus are hand-painted on smooth alabaster fondant in…
  • Hand Painted Floral Baby Shower Cake

    Anne Heap
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Floral Baby Shower Cake We created this baby shower cake for Stacey’s baby shower celebration. The pink stripes across the top of the first tier were inspired by the invitation. The hand painted floral design on the next tier was inspired by the floral arrangements from the shower. We used blush, gold and merlot for the color palette. Congratulations Stacey! The post Hand Painted Floral Baby Shower Cake appeared first on Pink Cake Box Custom Cakes & more.
  • Sweets Theme Dessert Table

    Anne Heap
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    This past weekend we celebrated Piper’s first birthday! Since her name is Piper and we call her our ‘sweet pea’, we thought it was appropriate to create a sweets theme dessert table to celebrate her birthday. Piper’s 1st Birthday Sweets Themed Cake We created a cake complete with a giant slice of cake, cupcake, macaron and piping bag. The bag is piping Piper’s name in a gravity-defying fashion. We completed the dessert table with mini cupcakes, macaron pops, cake pops, push pops, cookies and a smash cake. Piper’s piping bag cake topper We want to wish a…
  • Sleepover Birthday Cake

    Anne Heap
    17 Jan 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Maddie’s Zebra Print 10th Birthday Cake This zebra print bed cake was inspired by ten year old Maddie’s bedroom and full of glittery, sparkly, frilly and girly elements! The bed includes a hot pink tufted headboard with a glittery 10 written along the top. At the edge of the bed sits Maddie in her pajamas which reads “I Dance in my Dreams”. Two adorable black puppies are playing next to Maddie. A set of 3d pink ballet slippers sit at the base of the bed and a hot pink throw rug sits underneath the bed. Of course the inside of the cake included our signature pink velvet…
  • Valentine’s Day Heart Cakes & Cupcakes!

    Anne Heap
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we have Valentine cupcakes and cakes for that special someone in your life. Cupcakes! For Valentine’s Day, we are offering a special 6-pack cupcake set with an assortment of flavors including: 2 red velvet with vanilla buttercream 2 chocolate with raspberry chambord buttercream 2 vanilla with chocolate buttercream This is the perfect amount for a Valentine’s Day celebration – and at a special price! Please note decorations for the cupcakes are limited to the fondant heart. Cakes! In addition to our Valentine’s Day cupcakes,…
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  • Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

    Lori Lange
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is a go-to appetizer that you’ll make over and over again:  Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe  This is one of those dip recipes that you’re going to want to dip into immediately… and then you’re going to have a really tough time not coming back to it again and again for more indulgent dipping! Just a few ingredients mixed together and baked until bubbly makes this a very easy appetizer to prepare.  It’s a nice choice for Game Day too (since that’s one of the days of the year where it’s perfectly okay to eat creamy, hot bubbling dips like this!)…
  • Greek Yogurt Banana Bread (big giveaway!)

    Lori Lange
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:25 am
    Another great banana bread recipe!  Greek Yogurt Banana Bread As the first month of the new year progresses, I’m continuing to make as many positive changes as my life allows.  We’ve had a rough start as my husband broke his leg just after Christmas in a sledding accident.  The silver lining in this story is that we have been able to spend a lot of time together as a family, and I’ve made healthy meals for us to eat at home almost every day since it’s been tough for my husband to get around.  When the bananas on the counter begin to blacken, it’s always a…
  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

    Lori Lange
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m so glad I finally made these- they’re as close to authentic as you can get:   Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches If you love Philly cheese steak as much as my family does… and if you’ve ever ventured into Philadelphia… then you’ve likely tried Geno’s and Pat’s for their take on cheese steaks.  Geno’s and Pat’s are two competing Philly cheese steak restaurants, and they are directly across the street from each other.  I’ve tried them both, and I don’t really have a preference of one over the other.  They’re both…
  • Salmon Pasta {BIG GIVEAWAY}

    Lori Lange
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I’m crazy about pasta.  And I’m crazy about salmon.  So it makes sense that I’m crazy about this Salmon Pasta recipe! My never-ending quest to be healthy and feel great means I’m making small changes this year in my eating habits.  So far so good… I’m cutting down on sugar, eating more fruits and vegetables, and subbing healthy grains like quinoa for white rice.  As far as I’m concerned, those are some positive, healthy changes.  This year I’ve partnered with Kroger to encourage everyone to reach their goals and attain these ‘little…
  • Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See

    Lori Lange
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here you go:  Stuff I’ve Gotta Share and You’ve Gotta See! Have you ever thought about doing a 3-day juice cleanse?  They’re not for everyone, but I seriously love how they make me feel.  I’ve done several… from a few different companies.  It’s helpful to get feedback from others on the various cleanses available out there.  On Parade Magazine‘s blog last week, I shared 6 REVIEWS TO READ BEFORE YOU CHOOSE A JUICE CLEANSE. A friend of mine- Carrie Vitt-  just had her 2nd book published:  The Grain-Free Family Table.  Carrie shares an amazing…
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  • Cuban Sliders Recipe

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    These Cuban sliders are loaded with ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles. What is great about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare. The process to making this dish is very simple—the sandwiches are prepared and then a mustard sauce is poured over them and they are baked in the oven. The best part about this recipe is the sauce which uses ingredients such as butter, Dijon mustard and minced onion. For the buns, Hawaiian rolls go great with these sandwiches. These Cuban sliders are another great sandwich recipe for the upcoming Super Bowl. I like to serve this recipe with French fries. Enjoy.
  • Fried Pickles Recipe

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    These fried pickles are dill pickle spears, ham, and Swiss cheese that is rolled up in an egg roll wrapper and then fried. The combination of flavors from the ingredients come together to create this delicious appetizer. These appetizers are sometimes called Frickles. You can experiment with different types of cheeses for this recipe, or even use cream cheese. These fried pickles are easy to prepare and are a great item to serve for the Super Bowl for any part of event. You can serve them with ranch dressing if you would like. Enjoy. Fried Pickes Ingredients: 1 package egg roll wrappers 1lb…
  • Sweet and Spicy Wing Sauce Recipe

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:19 am
    One of the most common foods to prepare for the Super Bowl is chicken wings. Whether you are a fan or traditional or boneless chicken wings, having a delicious sauce to toss them in is always important. This sweet and spicy wing sauce combines ingredients such as hot pepper sauce, butter, ketchup and honey to give the chicken wings a delicious flavor. This sauce has a touch of sweetness from the honey but it is mostly spicy. The sauce is very similar to buffalo wing sauce. If you are not a fan of spice you can use a more mild hot sauce in place of the hot pepper sauce. This sauce is very easy…
  • Black Bean Dip Recipe

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    This black bean dip is a healthy alternative to using refried beans in your dip. Dip recipes make a great appetizer to serve for your Super Bowl party. This recipe combines black beans with sour cream, jalapeno peppers, cheese and diced tomatoes to create a delicious and slightly spicy dip that goes great served with tortilla chips. The beans, chilies and sour cream are blended in a food processor until smooth and then placed into a baking dish. The dip is served warm and is baked in the oven. The dip is topped off with cheese, tomato, cilantro and green onion. Enjoy. Black Bean Dip…
  • Alice Springs Quesadillas Recipe

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    If you are a fan of Alice Spring’s Chicken at Outback Steakhouse restaurant, you will love these quesadillas. These Alice Springs quesadillas are loaded with chicken, cheese, mushrooms and crispy crumbled bacon. The quesadillas are served with a homemade honey mustard sauce which is a simple combination of Dijon mustard, honey and lemon juice. There are numerous ways to save time in this recipe such as buying precooked chicken and bacon, and purchasing premade honey mustard. For the tortillas, you can either use a good wheat or flour tortilla. These quesadillas are a great option for dinner…
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    Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

  • Celestial Court's Lunar New Year Offerings

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:09 am
    It's taken me awhile to realise, but I think I can more or less say now, that my favourite (or at least top 3 favourite) pork free Chinese restaurant is Celestial Court in Sheraton Imperial.  Their dim sum is creative and delish, and the food in general is excellent.  I recall fondly when Starwood still sold their privilege cards, and there was 50% off dining for two people, the wife and I would feast away on their peking duck, and whatever else.And after knowing the marcomm people for so long, there's a certain familiarity, and gratitude, that after so many years, we are still on…
  • TT Group's Chinese New Year Press & Media Dinner - And So It Begins, The Start of the Lou Sang for 2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Unbeknownst to me, although the Tai Thong Group is well and alive, apparently none of their restaurants are actually NAMED Tai Thong.  So, the heading might be a bit misleading.  The press & media CNY review dinner was held at Imperial Garden, (next to Armada Hotel, above the big night club).  Of course, little did I expect the media event to be like a mini wedding dinner. A carnival atmosphere prevailed, as they had photo booths, live dough figurine makers who could mould figurines faster than you can say Yu Sang, calligraphers, and Sugar Daddy who could fashion gorgeous…
  • Strongbow Cider Launch

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    To be honest, I am not a fan of any form of alcohol that is sweet, perhaps with the exception of a Hendricks Gin & Tonic (but diluted with soda).  As such, Cider has never been in my "to drink" list, although I do love using it for cooking.The invitation from GAB intrigued me on so many levels though, because it was a launch of three different new flavours of Strongbow, and held at a location I'd never heard of.  So my interest was piqued. Streams of people seem headed to the location of the launch, ushered by Rela members, which heightened the anticipation. An interesting array…
  • Pigs and Wolf, Pavilion

    11 Jan 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?  That Disney tune keeps ringing in my ear everytime I think about this place.  Well, remember the story of the Three Little Pigs ...and the Big Bad Wolf?  The owners of the establishment have decided to truncate that rather mouthful to just Pigs and Wolf, afterall, why restrict the pigs to three, when you can have truckload, as seemed to be the case after eating here. Newly opened on the 7th floor of Pavilion, (Yes, there is a 7th floor, hitherto unknown to me, but apparently it was the Beauty floor), but now beauty has gone to make way for…
  • From Charikot to Kalinchowk, and My Best Meal of 2014

    3 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Mid October, 2014, after our church's team's 2nd Mission Trip to Nepal (as in for this particular team, others have gone before us, of course), on the way back after an eventful three day trip to the outreach at a little town called Mainapokhari, on the road from Charikot to Jiri (apparently the last stop by road before the Everest climbers begin their hike), a few friends and I left the team, said our farewells, and proceeded on a three day adventure, which included a spot of trekking to a place called Kalinchowk.We began walking from the dusty town of Charikot, which seems to be a…
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    Technicolor Kitchen - English version

  • Chocolate hazelnut kisses and "Foxcatcher"

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Last week I was finally able to watch the movie I’d been talking about for almost a year and I’ve come to the conclusion that it was directed by the wrong person: Bennett Miller played it too safe, directing in a very bureaucratic way, almost automatic, while such a dark and surprising story with fantastic acting deserved someone much more dedicated to the project. As I watched the movie I
  • Lentil patties

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    If you read my last post you already know that when I really like something I tend to cook or bake it quite often, and that doesn’t happen with sweets, only: I have my savory favorites as well, certain dishes I go back to again and again. Lentil salad is one of those dishes, especially on hot days because it tastes so great straight from the fridge and the flavor develops beautifully after a
  • Almond cake (with homemade marzipan)

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:45 pm
    As I flipped through a few cookbooks and magazines searching for inspiration, I thought of how I am attracted to similar recipes, over and over again – I can’t resist a brownie, I make oatmeal cookies quite often, and every time I see a citrus cake recipe I immediately bookmark it. It might be a matter of taste, or it is because I seem to have the same ingredients at home time and time again,
  • Meatballs alla Norma

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    As someone who loves anything related to food, I love reading about it, making and eating it (obviously), but I also find it amazing to talk about it with different people and learn what they like, what they don’t like and how their tastes change with time. I have those conversations with my husband all the time, and he tells me about the food he ate as a kid, things he loved and things he
  • St. Clement’s posset

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I try to eat in a healthy way most of my days, with a brownie or a cookie here and there, and even though it doesn’t look like it I don’t eat dessert every day, and when I do I try not to go overboard with it. I adore possets for I’m a big fan of citrus flavors, but I don’t make them frequently because well, they’re not exactly lean: the dessert is purely heavy cream flavored with something (
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    Ashlee Marie

  • Peanut butter ice cream

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I talk a lot of about my favorite flavors; Chocolate, citrus, coconut, caramel and PEANUT BUTTER! I seriously can’t get enough of these 5 flavors and of course Ice cream is one of my favorite food groups so I am SO excited to share one of my favorite ice cream recipes with you guys. I […] This post is copyrighted by Ashlee Marie please contact Ashlee if it is seen anywhere else
  • Oatmeal Lemon Bars

    5 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    I love lemon, it’s one of my favorite flavors and I cook and back with it all the time.  Like my Sour Cream Lemon pie, Lemon Salmon and Lemon Scones… Mmmm  So you’d think I’d love traditional lemon bars, right? WRONG.  Something about the texture, I’ve just never been a fan.  THEN my sister made […] This post is copyrighted by Ashlee Marie please contact Ashlee if it is seen anywhere else
  • Top 10 posts from 2014

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    This was a HUGE year for me!  The biggest change here was rebranding from “I’m Topsy Turvy” to “Ashlee Marie”.  Thanks for sticking with me and I hope you guys love the redesign as much as I do!  Also? After 5 1/2 years of living with my inlaws we bought and moved into our own […] This post is copyrighted by Ashlee Marie please contact Ashlee if it is seen anywhere else
  • Creating a Velvet Fondant effect

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    I have been obsessed with chocolate cakes lately!  I mean I love a gorgeous white wedding cake, but for our last wedding photoshoot I created the most gorgeous chocolate wedding cake ever.  I can’t wait to share the pictures for it.  A few weeks later I decided to use the same technique on this Thanksgiving […] This post is copyrighted by Ashlee Marie please contact Ashlee if it is seen anywhere else
  • Pistachio Pudding 3 layer bars

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pistachio is one of my favorite flavors.  I love pistachio cookies, yogurt, ice cream, etc… But these bars are a simple, easy to make and taste great!  I remember the first time I had these bars, I was 12 at a youth activity for my church!  A friend brought them and I fell in love, but forgot […] This post is copyrighted by Ashlee Marie please contact Ashlee if it is seen anywhere else
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  • zChocolat Valentines Day Ruby Box

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    Valentine’s Day is something you either love or hate, but if you’re going to give a gift, you’ll want it to be something that makes a bit of an impact. A tin of Quality Street or a bar of Dairy Milk just isn’t going to cut it. But an assortment of French chocolates in a beautiful hardwood box might just do the trick. Presentation really is everything in zChocolat’s world. These chocolates come in an embroidered bag with a little pocket for your personal message. The bag isn’t strictly necessary, but as well as providing a little bit of extra drama, it does…
  • Soma Chocolatemaker Pineapple Ginger Twig

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    While I’d never claim to be the easiest person to buy gifts for, there are definitely a few safe bets which will always keep me happy. And that’s probably why every Christmas, one friend always stops off at Toronto’s Soma Chocolatemaker to pick up some bits and pieces for me. In addition to replenishing my stash of their wonderful Dark Fire chocolate (I was getting a little twitchy not having some in the house for emergencies), she also got me one of their special Chocolate Twigs that they make just for the Festive Season. This year they had Coconut Caramel with Maldon Salt, Mudslide…
  • Crio Brü Brewed Cocoa Drink

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    “Brewed Cocoa” seems to be a bit of a thing right now. The idea is simple; make a cocoa drink in the same way you’d usually make coffee. So rather than use chocolate or cocoa powder, you simply let cocoa nibs (and sometimes shells) infuse in hot water. British bean-to-bar maker Duffy has been producing a cocoa infusion using the papery shell of the cocoa bean for some time and I recently wrote about Mast Brothers brewed cocoa, which uses finely ground cocoa nibs. Crio Brü is a brewed cocoa drink you can make at home, either in a French Press or a coffee maker. Made from…
  • York Chocolate Works to bring chocolate making back to Terry’s Factory

    31 Dec 2014 | 4:58 am
    The city of York has a long association with chocolate dating back to the eighteenth Century. In the mid nineteenth century, household names like Terry’s and Rowntree emerged. By the mid twentieth century, around 14,000 people were employed in the chocolate and confectionery industry in the city. With the rise of automation and the acquisition of British companies by multinationals like Kraft and Nestlé, it’s an industry that has been in decline recently. In 2005, Kraft Foods – owner of Terry’s – shut the iconic Chocolate Works factory in the city, moving…
  • Making bean-to-bar chocolate at home

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Over the years I’ve been writing about chocolate, my interest in the subject has developed significantly. The more I learn, the more I want to know. The more I know, the more I want to share. For the past few years, the bean-to-bar industry is the thing that has excited me the most. Part science, part art, the explosion of small craft chocolate makers has coincided with a fall in the price of chocolate making machinery. A couple of years ago I began to toy with the idea of having a go at making chocolate from the bean myself. I did all the research and worked out that if I was smart, I…
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    52 Cupcakes and Layla

  • These are the best Granny Smith Apple Cupcakes! Enjoy!

    Cupcake Queen
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Granny Smith Apple Cupcakes:Servings: 24 Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 9 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temp 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 4 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated 1 cup whole milkApple Topping: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3 granny smith apples, peeled and cored and thinly slicedCinnamon Frosting 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened at room temp 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground…
  • Erin K - The Sexy Cupcake Ditty

    Cupcake Queen
    3 Oct 2013 | 7:25 am
    Thanks, Erin K, for turning me on to your "Sexy Cupcake Ditty" a while ago. If you love cupcakes, you'll love her song!

    Cupcake Queen
    3 Oct 2013 | 6:41 am
    Seen on Manhattan Finally Getting the Cupcake ATM It’s Been Missing All These YearsThe cupcake craze may be trending downward, which is perhaps why it's a good thing Sprinkles is going to start selling ice cream in a newly leased, 1,000 square-feet spot adjacent to its enormous store on the Upper East Side. The new space, at 782 Lexington Avenue, will also have a cupcake ATM built into its façade, which allows convenient access to sweets, 24-7. The machine's L.A. counterpart has been known to attract sugar-craving child TV stars.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report Travel...These Are....

    Cupcake Queen
    14 Jan 2013 | 1:38 pm
    America's Best CupcakesJoel FinemanCrumbs Bake Shop [more photos]At a time of the year when we make daily diet affirmations, cupcakes—those sinister calorie-carriers—slip past our defenses. They're just so small and cute! Whether they are homemade or from the gourmet shop around the corner, cupcakes prove irresistible to coworkers, kids, men, and women. Their delicate appearance, infinite variability, and colorful frosting have enabled cupcakes to conquer the nation (and topple our New Year's resolutions).In the delicious reign of cupcakes, there have been some standout…
  • Cupcake Apps?? Yes!!

    Cupcake Queen
    21 May 2012 | 10:50 am
     Ohh La La! Be sure to check out these cupcake apps for iPhone, iPod, and iPad bakers! They are fun and useful for both the savvy and the novice cupcake baker!#1: Food Network Cupcakes for iPadBecome a better baker with Food Network’s Cupcake app, a whirl of 100+ winning recipes (including 30+ all-new, kitchen-tested recipes), decorating how-tos and you-can-do-it tips for the best sweet treats of the season. Cost: $2.99. Search iTunes iPad apps for Food Network Cupcakes.#2: Hello Cupcake...★★★ Chosen by Apple as App of the Week! ★★★ Cupcake Lovers: Prepare to be…
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    Dessert First

  • Strawberry and Cream Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
      Last weekend we celebrated Isabelle's second birthday. We've officially survived babyhood and now we're parents to a toddler! It's been a dreamy two years - not that we didn't have our share of sleepless nights or days when the house was a disaster zone of dirty laundry, unwashed dishes, and toys scattered everywhere. But overall we've been very lucky that the sailing has been relatively smooth and so much fun. <!--more-->   As she approached two years, Isabelle really started shedding all the trappings of babyhood. Her verbal skills made a huge jump - she speaks in full…
  • {Cookbook Review}: Alice Medrich’s Flavor Flours

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    If you read my baking roundup in December, you might have noted that I gushed briefly about Alice Medrich's newest cookbook but promised a longer followup. Here it is, my review of her latest cookbook, Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours . I've been a fan of Alice for a quite a while, and I'll mention that she's one of the most open and engaging authors I've met. Every time I've interviewed her for her latest cookbook, we end up having a great conversation about baking that leaves me inspired to get into…
  • Calm and Bright: Speculoos S’mores to Welcome the New Year

    5 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
         Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were merry and bright. It's a little late, but I thought I'd share our New Year's Eve treat: it may be holiday-themed, but I think you'll agree after you read about it that it's worth eating any time of the year.   I seem to have a fondness for s'mores at the end of the year, and I found myself wanting to make some version of them again this New Year's Eve. My twist of inspiration this time came from a jar of cookie butter I had in the cupboard - the one with "speculoos" printed on the label. Speculoos, or speculaas (I've seen them…
  • Happy Holidays! A Photo Recap of Williams Sonoma Holiday Party

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
      One of my favorite things about the holiday season is all the visual eye candy; although most of my photography revolves around food, in December I wish I could just hang out in department stores and people's homes, capturing all the glitter and lights.  I'm happy to share some shots from the Williams-Sonoma holiday party I attended last week at their test kitchen in San Francisco. It was an amazing chance to check out their kitchen space, make merry with some fellow bloggers, and indulge in the holiday spirit. Hope you enjoy!   Surprisingly, Williams Sonoma has not hosted…
  • {Cookbook Review}: Best Baking Books of 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:01 am
    It was tough narrowing my list of favorite cookbooks for this post - every year I say it's a banner year for cookbooks, but I guess every year I keep finding more books that need a spot on my shelf! What made me really happy this year was that quite a few of my favorite authors have new works out, ones that are very worthy contributions to the baking cookbook canon and definitely worth me doing some serious reorganization to fit these new gems in. If you haven't finished your list to Santa, I have quite a few last addition for you to consider! Disclosure: the following links in the post are…
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    Joe Pastry

  • Where do bialys come from?

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Bialys are one of those foods that can be traced, if not to a specific inventor, to a particular place and time. They come from Bialystok, Poland, a city which up until World War II was one of Poland's largest and which had a majority Jewish population. They didn't call bialys "bialys" there, but rather Bialystoker kuchen. Jews from Bialystok were known as "kuchen eaters" (Bialystoker kuchen fressers in Yiddish) for indeed bialys were their staple bread. Bialys could be acquired on almost every street in Bialystok, and were usually eaten hot, topped with butter or farmer's cheese. ...Read…
  • I almost forgot…

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    ...that another key difference between bialys and bagels is in the way you eat them. You don't slice a bialy cross-wise like you do a bagel. Rather you just eat them whole, preferably fresh and warm and with a schmear of butter or cream cheese over the top. If they're small you can gobble them down in a couple of bites. The smaller versions are only about 3 inches across. Most commonly they're about six inches across, but I'm told that the original Polish bialys could be up to 9 inches across. And they weren't just for breakfast in Poland a hundred years ago, oh my no. Back then you ate them…
  • What is a Bialy?

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:52 am
    Bialys are small ring-like rolls, though instead of a hole in the middle there's a flat crater that's usually filled with chopped onions. They're reminiscent of bagels but ultimately quite different. Sure they're round, traditionally Jewish and made with high-gluten flour, but that's where the similarity ends. Unlike bagels they aren't boiled before they're baked. Also unlike bagels the dough isn't sweetened with malt syrup or sugar. So on the one hand they're a rather basic bread: flour, yeast, salt, water. They aren't even glazed, so they're pale and floury on the outside and fluffy on the…
  • What’s the difference between cream cheese and quark (farmer’s cheese)?

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    That's what reader Gerhard in Vienna wants to know. We here in the States know quark as "farmer's cheese" or "fresh cheese" and, as in northern Europe, it is often used as a filling or to make cheesecakes. Gerhard writes: What is the difference between creamcheese (like Philadelphia) and curdcheese (called Topfen over here or Quark in Germany). One difference is surely the huge amount of fat in creamcheese compared to even the fattest variety of curdcheese; another would be that there are several ingredients in creamcheese (like salt or carob gum) while curdcheese is... well, all milk. And…
  • A Little Filo Dough History

    22 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    It's funny how unusual questions tend to come in two's and three's. When that happens it makes me wonder if there's a pastry class out there somewhere conducting an essay exam. Anyway, the question goes like this: when did the Greeks first start using filo dough? It's hard to say precisely. As far as I know the ancient Greeks didn't have thin, filo-like doughs. Their hostile eastern neighbors the Persians, however, did. Ultra-thin doughs have a long history in the Middle East, dating back perhaps to the ancient Egyptians. The Persians invaded Greece in 492 B.C. and then again in 480 B.C., but…
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    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE

  • Slow Cooker Beef or Chicken Taco Soup

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    7 Jan 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Hi. It's been awhile since I've posted. I know . . . I was quite the slacker over the holidays. I knew that with ALL the amazing blogs out there, we were all in good hands. I'm a planner. I like all my ducks in a row. When one duck gets out of line or seems neglected, it's time to take care of that duck for awhile! A little about ducks . . and delicious Slow Cooker Taco Soups.
  • Potato Bacon Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup

    Get Off Your Butt and BAKE
    6 Dec 2014 | 2:42 pm
    One of my favorite things about cold weather is SOUP. There is one little problem though. It hasn't been COLD! I'm pretending that winter has come to Idaho.
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    Ruth's Brownie Kitchen: New Products

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    9 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
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    11 Nov 2013 | 3:56 pm
    Our Christmas Gift Basket #2 includes 1/2 dozen Sprinkled Original Extra Fudgy Brownies , 1/2 dozen Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 1 dozen Ruth's Classic Biscotti, 2 Valrhona Grand Cru Chocolate Squares and a soft plushy Holiday Bear.  We nestle your goodies in a handsome wicker basket and fin..Price: $79.99
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    Love & Flour

  • Cavatini – Pizza Hut Style

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Does anyone remember cavatini on the menu at Pizza Hut? Maybe a better question is, does anyone remember actually dining in at Pizza Hut? It’s been a while since those days. My memories of dining at Pizza Hut include my dad usually ordering cavatini, so naturally, I usually ordered it too. We were always on a(...)
  • Butternut Chicken Stew

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Week 12 of 12 Weeks of Winter Squash, and I am going out with a bang: a recipe with 20 ingredients. Twenty! If you want to clean out the pantry, this recipe could be your friend. By all means, find a way to simplify the ingredient list to fit your needs, but I urge you not to omit the peanut(...)
  • Winter Cranberry Torte

    18 Jan 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Just as I am happy to see cranberries arrive in November, I am always a bit sad to see cranberries go after the first of the year. To everything there is a season, I suppose, and one thing I love about this simple cake recipe is that it truly is seasonal. If you have a cup of(...)
  • Red-Pepper Chicken with Roasted Kabocha

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:44 pm
    Week 11. I started posting winter squash recipes the first week of November, and in what seems like just a blink, 11 weeks have passed. In those 11 weeks, I have visited New York City, enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner, organized a new apartment, traveled home to Ohio, celebrated Christmas, read two books, and made 11 recipes(...)
  • Pear Oatmeal Cinnamon Chip Cookies

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Finally. It’s the cookies I promised a week ago. All week long I kept telling myself to post this recipe, and now at the 11th hour, I have. In related news, I may need to look into how to eat frogs this year. Remember the book, Eat That Frog? I never read it, but I understood the gist to be(...)
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    Gourmet Cookie Bouquets Recipe Blog

  • New Baby Themed Cookie Gifts

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Gift of Cookies What do you get for a newborn baby who has everything? She has parents who adore her, happy aunts, uncles, and grandparents, plenty of clean onesies, and diapers galore. In these situations, it's very hard to shop for something fun and wonderful! Why not give her excited, and tired, parents a treat? Here are some newborn baby cookie gift ideas to help you say, "Congratulations!" Baby, Baby For this easy gift, all you need is some baby-themed cookie cutters, which are available inexpensively at online stores and department stores with decorating sections. Add your favorite…
  • Sugar Free Cupcake Recipes

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    Sugar Free Cupcakes For Diabetics With obesity hitting an all time record high in America, it's no wonder Diabetes is on the rise as well. It's a universal disease that affects all ages, races, and religions. I am a huge believer in the southern philosophy that food can feed the soul. Just because a person suffers from Diabetes doesn't mean that they cannot dip their hand into the cookie jar every now and then. The sugar free cupcakes below are just a few of the yummy sugar free desserts that diabetics can consume (sparingly) and still keep their insulin levels in check. Sugar Free Chocolate…
  • Low Fat Cookie Recipes

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have Your Cookies & Eat Them Too What could be better than a warm, fresh-from-the-oven, homemade cookie? Cookies are one of our favorite desserts and snacks, but as much as we love them, they don't always love us back. They can be a terrible temptation for those who are trying to lose weight or who have to adhere to low fat diets. When you cut fat, do you have to cut the gourmet cookies? No! The good news is that you can have your favorites; you just need to modify them a bit. Why Go Low-Fat? I Love Cookies! I absolutely love cookies. I could probably sit and eat them all day long if it…
  • Chocolate Lollipop Recipes

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Everything You Need To Make Chocolate Lollipops Chocolate lollipops are perfect for party favors, and little gifts for any other special event. They can be made in an endless array of colors and designs. From Halloween lollipops to Christmas lollipops, chocolate lollipops can be made to serve all year round. This article will show you how to make chocolate lollipops and show you all of the supplies involved. Have fun making these delicious chocolate lollipops with your family! Basic Chocolate Lollipop Recipe How To Make Chocolate Lollipops Ingredients 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate, tempered…
  • All About Cookie Bouquets

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This post contains Amazon affiliate links and we will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on these links. The term 'Cookie Bouquet' was coined by several gourmet cookie bakeries back in the early 1980's. A cookie bouquet is an arrangement of cookies (usually on sticks) that are artfully placed in a container such as a pot to create a floral-like bouquet. The cookies used to make bouquets are usually iced and decorated, but regular large gourmet cookies such as chocolate chip ones can be used to make the arrangements as well. Many online cookie companies sell these bouquets of…
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  • Mini Valentine Gingerbread Houses (Marian (Sweetopia))
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Hello sweet friends… Greeting you from the land of mini Valentine gingerbread houses. Perched snugly on the edge of a my favorite mugs, so simply decorated but inexplicably endearing in person... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cream Cheese Icing (Marian (Sweetopia))
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Playing with legos, playmobile, doing puzzles at the cottage, staying up late playing “Go-Fish” in the dim light of our camping lanterns (sorry Dad, that’s why the batteries needed... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Christmas Treat Ideas (Marian (Sweetopia))
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:32 pm
    With Christmas just days away, you may be stumped for baking ideas or homemade gifts for your friends and loved ones, so I’ve put together a visual summary, if you will, of the Christmas treats... Visit to view the entire post.
  • Snickerdoodle Cut-Out Cookie Recipe (Marian (Sweetopia))
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Sugar and spice and everything nice… a hint of cinnamon, crisp on the outside and pillowy soft on the inside, this recipe is a fun twist on the classic sugar cookie. Although calling it a... Visit to view the entire post.
  • {Video} Nutcracker Decorated Cookies (Marian (Sweetopia))
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Happy Monday! With Christmas around the corner, it seems that all my holiday dessert ideas may not be realized, but I’ve managed to fit in a few which I’ve been meaning to make for quite... Visit to view the entire post.
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    Gluten Free Canteen

  • Key Lime Baby Cakes

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    Ever since the demise of the Dr. Sweets character on Bones that song, The Lime in the Coconut pops into my head at the craziest of times. Like while in the produce section of the grocery as I’m trying to remember what vegetable I’m supposed to be buying. So instead of spinach (I finally remembered hours later) I bought key limes in honor of the dearly departed Dr. Sweets. And since I don’t really enjoy key lime pie or lime in my coconut, I thought of cake. Key lime cake. And then it was a short journey to key lime baby cakes or as we fondly call them, cupcakes. You know how…
  • Chocolate Coconut Cake Bar Bites

    23 Jan 2015 | 3:06 am
    Usually I pass right by recipes that have more sugar than good sense when looking for ideas. But with 200 people extolling the virtues of 80 pounds of sugar mixed with a little chocolate I felt an obligation to take a closer look. Either these folks think sucrose is a food group, or this thing was so freaking good no one cared that it contains enough sugar to crack a tooth. After making several batches and suffering through a few diabetic comas from taste testing, I think the conclusion might be that it is freaking good. This chocolate traycake (I love the Brits) is like a baked candy…
  • Creamsicle Pound Cake

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:06 am
    Not quite an entire whole-pound-of-stuff pound cake, this orange vanilla pound cake-lite is made with the traditional ingredients. Just less of them. A pound cake made with a pound each of eggs, flour, butter and sugar is quite a sight to behold in a mixing bowl. It’s a tad bit difficult for my big old 6 quart mixer to power through. So without resorting to mixing by hand, I just cut the ingredients to 3/4 pound. Think of it as a 3/4 time creamsicle waltz. The mixer was happy, the cake pan didn’t groan, there were leftover ingredients and I didn’t bake a cake taller than…
  • Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcakes

    16 Jan 2015 | 3:07 am
    It’s a cup of hot chocolate kind of weather out there. And while these are not served in a mug (and they also might be cake) they’re all about hot chocolate and marshmallows. Very dark, dense chocolate cupcakes are topped with gooey good homemade marshmallow plus chocolate sprinkles. This really good cup of hot chocolate cupcake is easy to make and fun to eat. Plus, I bet you could even whip up some hot chocolate to go with that hot chocolate cupcake. Redundancy, after all, is not a bad thing. The cupcakes are very easy to mix up – no special equipment required…
  • Easy Cranberry Nut Bread

    13 Jan 2015 | 3:05 am
    There’s nothing like a slice of warm (grain-free) quick bread with a cup of coffee. This one is full of plump dried cranberries and pecans. Plump dried cranberries sounds like an oxymoron but it isn’t in this case. Dried cranberries are pretty chewy and sometimes a little tough like little hockey pucks. It’s easy for them to become “the” annoying ingredient in an otherwise tasty little quick bread. Plumping up the dried cranberries with liquid that you’ll add to the batter gives the whole thing a better chew. Also, it adds a ton of flavor to the cranberries…
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  • Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    There’s a lot to miss about Chicago: world class museums, great Zoos, Navy Pier, mediocre sports franchises with oddly passionate fan bases…a list we look back on with fond remembrance. […]
  • Paddock Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I love family recipes, mainly because someone in the family emails them to us and I can copy and paste them into a post.  As an added bonus, Angie did […]
  • Sam’s Wedding Cake-8 Layer-Two Tiered Rustic Sponge with Stabilized Whipped Cream and Raspberry

    13 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    We’re less than a year away from Sam and Alex’s wedding, which means I needed to practice stacking a whole lot of moist (floppy) chocolate sponge cake on top of […]
  • Lemon Shaker Pie

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    I wonder what I’d be without a family?  The original plan, he thinks, gazing through the foggy lens of a seventeen-year-old boy in the 80’s, was to occupy a single […]
  • Caramel Hazelnut Tart

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    This blog exists so that our kids can feed themselves and have a reference point for the food they grew up with and enjoyed while they were living with us. […]
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    The Cake Lovers

  • Cake of the Week 24

    Patrick Mcgaw
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
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  • Chota Bheem Cake with Volcano Exploding

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Hello Everyone here is a  small science trip i used in my cake to create a wow factor.. So here presenting to you the famous Indian cartoon character – Chota Bheem with is friends and... The post Chota Bheem Cake with Volcano Exploding appeared first on The Cake Lovers.

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall,Humpty Dumpty had A Great Time,&All The BAKERS n Chefs bought Humpty Dumpty Back to life again…..Hello folks ..Presenting to you my most priced creation….My version of my Nieces favorite... The post MY TAKE ON HUMPTY DUMPTY RHYME appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Cornucopia Cake

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Classic 2 tier yellow cake frosted in vanilla icing with fondant cornucopia filled with fondant pumpkins, squash, apples and corn, and accented with orange fondant bow and yellow, red, and green leaves. Made it for... The post Cornucopia Cake appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
  • Romantic clock cake

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:06 am   The post Romantic clock cake appeared first on The Cake Lovers.
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  • 60 Delicious Foods Inspired by Video Games

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Posted:  Friday, January 23, 2015 - 3:30pm As video game graphics have become more and more realistic, the foods in the games keep looking yummier and yummier. Luckily for everybody, people all around the world are showing us how to make delicious meals and desserts inspired by our favorite video games. There are even a few recipes on here for you retro gamers! Dig in!
  • 'Bone' Appetit! Your Guide to Baking for Dogs

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Posted:  Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 2:45pm All dog lovers can agree; you love your little ball of fur more than a lot of things in this world. So why don’t you show it? Try baking up some pawsitively delicious treats for your pup this year!
  • How to Bake More in 2015

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Posted:  Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 1:45pm It's a new year and that means a chance to freshen things up in your life! Considering taking that yoga class? Or maybe you've decided to learn that language you've been meaning to make time for.
  • The 136 Best New Recipes of 2014

    31 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Posted:  Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 5:30pm 2014 was a great year for food. Just look at all the amazing new recipes that were posted on the internet this year!
  • 10 Beautiful & Delicious Christmas Cupcake Recipes

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Posted:  Monday, December 22, 2014 - 9:15am Cupcakes are the perfect shareable dessert for the holiday season. Everyone gets their own miniature cake-o-goodness and let’s be honest, cupcakes are just fun to make and to eat!We’ve found 10 deliciously cute recipes for the perfect holiday cupcakes made by some of the best bloggers on the web! Check out these recipes and find your perfect Christmas cupcake recipe.
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  • Treat Petite Round Up January 2015

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    My goodness! We are one month into 2015 already – where does time go?! January is a bit of a naff month don’t you think? It’s cold, we are all trying to be a bit heathier post-Christmas festivities. It’s still dark in the mornings when you leave for work and dark by the time you get back (well, for me anyway).Anyway, enough of my grumbles! Treat Petite for this January was all about being a bit healthier like I said above. And you guys did not disappoint – who needs to be bad when being good can be so good?! To kick things off we have Luck, the Baking Queen, who gave us these…
  • Healthier Banana, PB and Chocolate Cookies

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    I took down my Christmas decorations at the weekend. I used to hate taking them down, everything looking so bare. But now I kind of quite like it. It signifies getting back to a routine and on with New Year sensible eating habits!As I’ve said in my last post, I’m trying to lose a bit of weight and January is going to be mostly about healthy treats. I decided to give making healthy cookies a bash. So, these were a bit of an experiment, but I think they turned out lovely.The fact these contain no dairy fat, no eggs (plus no sugar), makes them quite vegan virtuous indeed. They aren’t…
  • (healthier) Chocolate and Peanut Butter Popcorn

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    I love popcorn, it can be a great snack to eat when trying to be healthy as I’m sure you know. I have a popcorn maker which pops the kernels just with heat, which is the healthiest way to enjoy it, rather than tossing it in a pan with oil.What can also make it not so healthy are the additional toppings ladled over it. Butter and caramel and other goodies can outdo the nutritious value of eating popcorn.I decided to invent this recipe for Chocolate and Peanut Butter Popcorn, which contains no diary-fat and no refined sugars, as part of my healthier January drive.But it turned out to use…
  • Red Velvet Smoothie

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Well, my fitness regime has started again – and so my healthier recipes continue!I started back at the gym this weekend. I haven’t been for a good few weeks. My calves were killing me when running, so I splurged on a new pair of trainers from a shop the other day, which analyses your running style. Apparently I run like a gazelle?!To get the energy for my first run in a while I made another in my line of dessert flavoured smoothies, whipped up in my Optimum 9400 from Froothie.After trying some beetroot in a drink recently, I realised that it’s earthy flavour would go well with a bit of…
  • Cakeyboi visits the Cereal Killer Cafe

    17 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    courtesy of Cereal Killer Cafe If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen that we were recently on a visit to London. We try and do different things each time we are there – which is quite often for a couple of bois from north of the border.After recently reading about a new cafe which had opened up in Brick Lane, I knew it was a place I had to visit! The Cereal Killer Cafe is the concept of twins Alan and Gary Keery who hail from Belfast. It’s the world’s first cereal themed cafe, which offers 120 types of cereal from all over the world. You can try…
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    Marie's Cravings

  • Sushi

    1 Jan 2015 | 5:03 pm
    With all the new year resolutions kicking in, I thought this would be a good time to start on a healthy note. I’m hoping to keep on track at least till March with the help of this blog. Thought it’d be an interesting experiment to see how far having a blog would aid oneself in keeping resolutions. Anyway, on to the real deal: sushi. I’m not going to include the recipe because the photos are intuitive and who likes wordy posts anyway. The ingredients and quantity are also according to individual preference so really, feel free to roll with whatever you like. [See what I did there? I…
  • Homemade Brownies

    23 Dec 2014 | 4:15 pm
    After a week-long vacation to China, it sure feels good to be home again. Not that I’m complaining – it was definitely the break I needed. The soaring mountains and cascading waterfalls were truly a sight to behold, combined with its rich and ancient culture – China was a very enriching experience. And all that just from the few places I visited, barely even scratching the surface of what the country has to offer. Nevertheless, coming back to a familiar place, to a language I understand, warmer temperatures, and bowel-approved food is comforting. But I digress. Moving on to why…
  • Macarons with Chocolate Ganache Filling

    1 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    I’ve eaten quite a few macarons in my lifetime but I never took a fancy to them because they were overly sweet. The ones I’ve eaten at least. They were so sweet, the sweetness would go straight to my head. Like a brain freeze but perhaps more aptly termed “sugar freeze”. Macarons are known to be notoriously finicky and difficult to make. Just look at ‘em wrong and they won’t come out right. But coming across a couple of food blogs I saw that many have bravely attempted to make macarons in their home kitchen and succeeded at it. Being a kiasu person I rose to the…
  • Lemon Curd

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    My mom brought back lemon curd from a recent vacation and before two weeks were up, there was barely an eighth of the jar left. Yes, it was that good. So good I think it practically ranks right up there with Nutella. The fact that my mom bakes the most delicious bread could’ve also been one of the contributing factors to the quickly diminishing lemon-y goodness. Knowing I wasn’t about to find any lemon curd next to the kaya spread at the supermarket, added to the fear I was going to wake up one day with no lemon curd left to spread on my bread, I decided to take things into my own…
  • Green Tea Cupcakes

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:20 am
    I started to develop a taste for green tea when I discovered the wonders of salmon sashimi. And when I’m spending a good chunk of my monthly pay check on a few slivers of fish, admittedly extremely good fish air-flown across the South China Sea, I’d think twice before forking out even more money for a fancy drink. Which is why I always order good ol’ regular green tea. I find green tea a hugely satisfying beverage whether ordered hot or cold. It doesn’t break the bank and I sure ain’t complaining about the health benefits. Definitely an added plus in my book. So when a good friend…
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  • “foodtravelthought” now “the perfect loaf”

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:18 pm
    What’s in a name? When I started this site a long while ago I sat down for a couple days brainstorming on a name, it’s harder than you’d think! So much goes into the naming of things — your pets, your kids, your first car, your soccer team, your sourdough starter, and back then, my ... The post “foodtravelthought” now “the perfect loaf” appeared first on the perfect loaf.
  • Natural Sourdough with Spent Beer Grains

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:31 pm
    The beer scene here in New Mexico has really taken off with some of the country’s top ranking breweries, and several of their recent entries in the Great American Beer Festival have earned gold, silver and bronze medals. Notably, Marble Brewery  was named Small Brewing Company of the Year — amazing thing for a city like ... The post Natural Sourdough with Spent Beer Grains appeared first on the perfect loaf.
  • Baking Sourdough Bread with a Stiff Starter

    30 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Baking in the winter always presents problems here at my house: it’s cold! Probably not quite the cold you get in other parts of the world but it sure is cold to me, and my starter. Kitchen temperatures are consistently hovering between 68º and 70ºF which really inhibits yeast and bacteria activity. I’ll typically offset this ... The post Baking Sourdough Bread with a Stiff Starter appeared first on the perfect loaf.
  • Golden Raisin and Fennel Seed Sourdough

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I recently had a chance to head out to San Francisco, CA for a quick vacation and now that I’m back I find myself still thinking of the ocean, Tartine bread, Napa wine, and Lagunitas brew… My brother and I met up there to spend some time with a good friend of ours and we ... The post Golden Raisin and Fennel Seed Sourdough appeared first on the perfect loaf.
  • Country Sourdough with Less Levain & Longer Autolyse

    28 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    First learn the basics—good mixing techniques, proper fermantations, and skillful baking. How do you learn these? By repetition and attentiveness. Make sure patience is part of your ingredient list. I could probably pull out hundreds of these gems from Hamelman’s masterpiece Bread, and each time I go back to reference something my eye catches one ... The post Country Sourdough with Less Levain & Longer Autolyse appeared first on the perfect loaf.
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