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While writing and researching a post for Amazon’s Al Dente blog yesterday, I gleaned a helpful tip from Sue Savitt, one of Nordic Ware’s telephone reps.
When greasing one of the cast aluminum pans from Nordic Ware, Sue explained that it’s best to use a
baking spray with flour and NOT just a plain cooking spray. [...]

I received a compelling news flash from Metropolitan
Market on Wednesday morning.
One of my favorite grocers here in Seattle, Met Market declared that they are now carrying the freshest milk in town–milk in glass bottles from Twin Brook Creamery.
The news was so enticing to me that I had to detour to Met Market while [...]

Bread Machine Resources

May 29th, 2009

When I purchased my Zojirushi bread machine last May,
I was pretty clueless about using it.
Of course, I started by reading the manual and making the recipes I found there. They are designed specifically for the machine, so I knew they’d be successful in guiding me.
Once I had mastered four or five from the [...]

Fresh Berry Tips

May 22nd, 2009

Now that Memorial Day weekend is here, I am anxiously
awaiting the arrival of fresh berry season here in the Pacific Northwest.
When I moved here more than 14 years ago I was shocked to discover the incredible variety found here–strawberries, tayberries, marionberries, raspberries, golden raspberries, wild huckleberries and, of course, the ultra thorny wild blackberries. [...]

This picture is exactly why I love my Zojirushi bread machine! It was a very dreary morning here in Seattle.
My desk was jammed, the house was a disaster, and my son was sniffling on the couch. So, I decided to generate some housewarming TLC. I reached for my bread machine manual and targeted the [...]

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

April 27th, 2009

Cooking at home and on a budget can be hard. But, with the plethora of recipe resources online and in print, choosing a successful well-written recipe can be even harder!
Admittedly, I have an abundance of cookbooks and magazines that I refer to frequently. But, there are very few books that I consider “cream [...]

Batter Bowls

April 23rd, 2009

Breakfast is an important meal at my house, and I rise early each day so I can get my act together.
My six year old son, James, is always the first one out of bed. He places his breakfast order early. It’s usually either a fried egg on toast or pancakes with real maple syrup [...]

The Knead is Real

April 20th, 2009

Over the years, I have made many loaves of bread by hand, in the food processor and in my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. But, about a year ago, I decided to shift gears and purchase a Zojirushi BBCC-X20 bread machine from King Arthur Flour company in Vermont. It’s been an outstanding choice for sure.
My [...]

Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate Cake is the one and only chocolate cake I bother making

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