Are my breads, cookies, or cakes ready to come out of the oven? The ability to tell when products are baked properly seems to cause more trouble than almost any […]

How to Bake Almost Everything Perfectly



These are simple and so much fun! Use a cookie mix or your favorite recipe.  Just choose a drop cookie with a flat profile.  Make the cookie dough according to […]

Cookies on a Stick


I stopped at a bakery café the other day and tried a slice of their zucchini bread. It was extraordinary. They had included pineapple, pecans, coconut, and citron. (It took […]

How to Make Ordinary Recipes Extraordinary












How much cocoa butter should my cocoa have? The cocoa bean consists partly of fat and partly of nonfat solids. In processing the two are separated. The cocoa butter, the […]

What’s the Big Deal with Cocoa Butter?


With only four ingredients and three steps, this is an easy flourless cake. And it’s scrumptious—perfect to make for your sweetheart. As with other flourless chocolate cakes, this is dense […]

Easy Flourless Chocolate Cake



Kelli Tracy, who worked in our test kitchen, has been making this chocolate zucchini cake for years.  It’s a hand-me-down recipe and has been around for years.  She was generous […]

Kelli’s Old-Fashioned Chocolate Zucchini Cake





This strawberry pie was made in about 15 minutes using a strawberry pie kit. When the Strawberries are This Good, Use Them Everywhere! In the last few days, I’ve used […]

Make Better Strawberry Desserts in Less Time



If you want to bake better cookies, read this new advice! We bake cookies in our test kitchen every week.  So, it’s natural that folks in our store ask questions. […]

What You Should Know About Baking Cookies


Tips, tools, and recipes to make wonderful smoothies. Smoothies are often made with ice cubes and frozen juice. We prefer frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream. Adding ice […]

How to Make Smoothies and Shakes



Six Principles of Perfect Cookies Use the Perfect Mix or Recipe. Baking is a science.  Start out with a recipe that is perfectly designed. A professional kitchen lab understands ratios […]

How to Make Perfect Cookies