May 2010

Macaroon-a Layered Cakes

Macaroon-a Layered Cakes

How to get colorful while having your cake too, kind of macaroon-style. Don't mind if we do!

Recipe: Macaroon-a Layered Cakes

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Rhubarb-White Chocolate Soufflé

Rhubarb-White Chocolate Soufflé

These are stellar souffles - fresh spring rhubarb, fine white chocolate, aromatic vanilla, fresh lemongrass... and they're beautiful too. Lucky for us, Zenchef shares this heavenly recipe.

Recipe: Rhubarb-White Chocolate Soufflé

Granny Fork Redux

Granny Fork Redux

Norpro Grip-Ez Granny Fork

Once upon a time there was a company called Foley, and they produced a wonderful utensil called the Foley Fork. Apparently Julia Child was a big fan. While the original Foley company is no longer in business, the spirit of the Foley Fork lives on in this Norpro Grip-Ez Granny Fork. Great for mixing dry ingredients and batters, cutting shortening and butter into pastry dough, creaming butter for cookies, stirring liquids, and even serving pasta... The strong 18/10 stainless steel tines are curved and uneven to make mixing a breeze, and the ergonomic handle is made of a soft non-slip material called Santoprene, a rubber-like compound designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Bon Appetit recently listed this item as one of the "Best Kitchen Gadgets of the Year" for 2010.

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Coffee Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Coffee Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Swee San shares her adventures in macaron baking, experimenting with this classic flavor combo.

Recipe + Story: Coffee Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

Honey Nut Squares

Honey Nut Squares

from Dana Treat

Now this is one sweet cookie-bar. Check out that layer of crunchy candied nuts - and I mean almonds, hazelnuts, and pine nuts - yum!

Recipe: Honey Nut Squares

Hot Oven Thermometer

Hot Oven Thermometer

CDN High Heat Oven Thermometer

Are your baked goods browning too much? Do they always take longer than the recipes specify? Ovens aren't always accurate, and some ovens don't even have a temperature dial. This is why oven thermometers are so helpful. Find out what's really going on in there - find the hot or cool spots - then adjust accordingly. This CDN High Heat Oven Thermometer goes up to 750 degrees F (most others max out at 500F), has a handy hook and a wide base (so you can place it almost anywhere). Made of commercial-grade stainless steel and laboratory-grade glass. Another reason we like this one, the large easy-to-read dial has both Farenheit and Celcius.

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Chestnut Brownies (inside Sundae!)

Chestnut Brownies (inside Sundae!)

You're probably wondering if I had too much to drink, posting about chestnut brownies and having the pic of a Sundae to show for it. It's in there, bringing decadence to a whole new level. Oh my.

Recipe: Chestnut Brownies (inside Sundae!)

Wheat-Free Strawberry Tart with Lemon-Roasted Pistachios

Wheat-Free Strawberry Tart with Lemon-Roasted Pistachios

If this colorful and mouthwatering tart does not scream "SPRINGTIME!" to you, then we're at a loss for words. Which would be a first.

Caramel Butternut Bars

Caramel Butternut Bars

Don't know about you, but my dreams happen to be filled with bars such as these. Caramel...you are my stickiest and most delicious hero.

Recipe: Caramel Butternut Bars

Gorgeous Cherry Stoneware Cannisters

Gorgeous Cherry Stoneware Cannister

Le Creuset Stoneware Medium Canister, Cherry

These gorgeous and classy canisters will appeal to those who already know and love Le Creuset stoneware, and anyone else who appreciates beautiful, functional, well-made stoneware. They come in more beautiful colors, and in 3 practical sizes - according to one reviewer who owns and loves all three: "I use (the small) canister to store tea bags. I use the large version to store a 5 pound bag of flour, which it does so easily, and the medium version to store a 5 pound bag of sugar." Of course, you could  use any one of them to store your freshly-baked biscotti. A silicone seal on the lids keeps things fresh. Made in France, Le Creuset stoneware doesn't absorb odors or flavors, resists staining and chipping, is dishwasher-safe and carries a lifetime warranty against defects.

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