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Baking and Decorating for your Audience

  In my circle of friends, I am known as the hostess and cake lady. I consider it an honor that my friends have deemed me their baker for life events whether it be a casual Sunday dinner or a ...

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Apple-Bacon-Caramel Croissant Bread Pudding

  It’s not fall in my mind until Apple Fest happens in Lincoln Square. This year we baked over 800 of our famous Apple Pies, and we had Lincoln Avenue smelling amazing for the better part of a week. ...

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Savor Summer with Peach Basil Bread

  Like a lot of you, I’m really trying to hold on to those last few days of summer. I’m still enjoying the harvest from the garden on my deck, eating outside whenever I have the opportunity and going ...

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From Mess to Masterpiece: Cinnamon Roll Correction

  Recipes usually have some sort of story attached to them explaining its history, how and why it has been modified, and the most important tips and tricks to make it work in your home kitchen. My ...

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Lemon Macarons with White Chocolate-Lemon Ganache

  Vibrant macarons can now be found in a variety of stores. The idea of making macarons yourself can be a daunting task at first, however, macarons are easier to make than you think! There are not ...

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A Tale of Two Cobblers

  Some of my favorite food blogs I’ve written have originated from dinner parties I’ve hosted. It might be somewhat selfish of me, but I will use the occasion as the perfect vehicle for a blog topic. ...

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Baking Bagels and More in Teen Baking and Pastry Camp

  Our five-day Teen Camp: Baking and Pastry is filled with fun and loads of information. The week is a complete baking experience for young pastry chefs as they navigate the world of quick breads, ...

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Stop Using Unsalted Butter

Conventional wisdom tells us a lot of things when it comes to cooking: searing meat seals in the juices, salt your water to make it boil faster, don’t cut raw meat on a wooden cutting board, add oil ...

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Kids Can Make Coconut Cupcakes with Pineapple Frosting and So Can You

  To be honest, I find it fairly difficult to read coconut cupcakes with pineapple frosting without smiling. This recipe is packed with toasted coconut and juicy pineapple frosting that comes ...

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Heritage Bundt Pan: Why Can’t I Quit You?

    For the past six months, I’ve had a love affair with my new Bundt pan. I love baking Bundt cakes! It might be a form of baking laziness on my part, partly because the cake is made in a single ...

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