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A Tale of Two Mixers

A Tale of Two Mixers

If you seriously get into baking, you'll likely find yourself lusting after a stand mixer. It's the kind of appliance that seems expensive at first and then you wonder how you ever lived without it. It is so much more efficient at mixing thick cookie doughs and you...

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

Last September, I decided it would be nice to make birthday cakes for the people in my group. I work in a large department, but my group is only 8 people. It turned out that 3 of those people all have birthdays in September, so I was busy that month. Bob's favorite is...

Pizza Is Not a Food Group

Pizza Is Not a Food Group

But maybe it should be.  We like pizza, as do most people. Our favorite is Angelo & Vinci's in Fullerton, CA. A Z Pizza just opened up around the corner from our house. The Tuscan Mushroom is divine. However, as I've been on my bread making marathon lately,...

Oven Safe Knobs

Oven Safe Knobs

On the Cooks Illustrated Forums, I came across a lively thread about the No-Knead Bread phenomenon that has been sweeping the country. In November of 2006, the New York Times ran an article and video about an ingenious method to make hearth bread at home easily. You...

The Dough Also Rises

The Dough Also Rises

  I've been on this bread making kick lately. Blame Cooks Illustrated who had a two page spread last issue on bread making tips. They recommended stand mixers over hand kneading or bread machines. I have a bread machine. It works well, but is hard to store so is...