have kale will travel

have kale will travel

March 9th, 2011

Kale chips, that is. I’m about to travel with Noah to visit my parents for a few days and these are the “essentials” that my 2-year old needs: (Too many) toys and books – check. Portable booster seat – check. Favorite “ladybug” bib – check. Kale chips………….check! Noah has, by far, been the most challenging eater of my 3 […]

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101: forcing forsythia branches

101: forcing forsythia branches

March 6th, 2011

Well the snow is mostly gone here, the tulips are starting to peek out of the ground and the days are getting just a little bit longer.  Spring is around the corner……. But it’s not quite enough. I need color – like, an explosion of it – and I’m imagining most of you do too. […]

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get weighed

kitchen scale

March 4th, 2011

Don’t panic – I’m speaking to your ingredients….. Many years ago I learned how to weigh my ingredients when baking, versus using measuring cups. It was a game-changer for me and I’ve never looked back. Weighing ingredients saves time, utensils and clean-up. It is also more precise and consistent – particularly important when baking. In time you’ll automatically know that 1 cup of sugar = […]

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baking basics – my “top ten” tips and tricks

baking basics - my "top ten" tips and tricks

March 3rd, 2011

Baking, versus cooking, definitely requires more patience, precision and overall adherence to recipes. While a “Sunday sauce” or chicken soup will not suffer from a little more of this or that (and may even benefit as a result), a cake will not be as tolerant. I have found, over the years, that the most successful bakers […]

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beating egg whites

beating egg whites

March 3rd, 2011

It seems like one of the more stress-inducing baking techniques is beating egg whites. True, it takes a little finesse to find your sense of timing, mixer speed and appearance but with practice (and these tips) you’ll find success comes quickly: 1. Eggs should always be separated while cold, and beaten at room temperature. So […]

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angel food cake

angel food cake

March 3rd, 2011

So like pretty much everyone else in my part of the country I am DONE!!! with this winter – craving green grass, warm breezes and bare feet. I will admit though, that after a hectic work season followed by the rush of the holidays, being snowed in for much of the winter was often truly lovely. It’s hard for me […]

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almost here…

almost here...

March 1st, 2011

Happy March.

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