baking 101

Carrot Cake

The days leading up to Easter this year involved a little bit of spring cleaning, setting the Easter dinner table, prepping for Easter dinner, and shredding pound after pound of carrots. When it comes to Easter, one of my favorite desserts has the chance to shine: Carrot Cake…with cream cheese frosting, of course. This year,…

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Tips for Keeping Cookies Fresh

There are plenty of cookie cravings that take place in our house. My husband has quite the sweet tooth and so do our guests. I always try to keep the cookie dome filled to the brim with all sorts of sweet goodies. Does this sound familiar? What happens when you go to all the trouble…

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{Tips & Tricks} Portioning with an Ice Cream Scooper

To me, 2010 was all about discovery in the kitchen. I fell in love with parchment paper, figured out a way to consistently make light and fluffy pancakes, set up a system to easily organize my food magazine recipes, and started the downward spiral of what was to become my obsession with puff pastry…just to…

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{Tips & Tricks} Baking Quick Breads

Some of the best breakfasts I’ve enjoyed (and if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that breakfast is my favorite meal of the day) have included a delicious slice of flavorful bread or a muffin with melted butter, a bowl of cereal and a very large glass of orange juice. The slice…

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{Tips & Tricks} Baker’s Pantry Grocery List

Fact: I love to bake. Fact: My favorite time to bake is on Saturday mornings when everyone is still asleep. Fact: I like to keep a well-stocked baker’s pantry just in case I have a spur of the moment craving to bake. On my counter sits this beautiful glass dome under which I keep most of…

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Baking Tips & Tricks

For many people, baking can be quite overwhelming at first. A lot of beginners will burn a few (or a lot) of hockey pucks (aka burnt cookies), flatten some cakes or over bake brownies. After baking countless recipes, I’ve arrived at, and have also come across, helpful tips and tricks to make baking an easier,…

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