Category: Drinks





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


Chinese cooking is not that much different than American cooking.  The recipes are different and there are a few different techniques.  You have to be able to stir fry for […]

A Newbie’s Guide to Chinese Cooking



Lemon pie may be my favorite pie but I’m not crazy about the meringue. It’s kind of a take-it-or-leave-it affair.  What I really don’t like is how it looks on […]

The Double-Crusted Lemon Pie







What You can Learn from a Blondie? These blondies are really good, so good that a major company commissioned us to make them a blondie mix.  The original Chocolate Caramel […]

The Blondies and the Baking Lessons


Syrups are easy to make.  They’re a mixture of water, sugar, a flavor, and maybe a thickener.  Juice can be substituted for the water. You can use the syrup on your pancakes.  We have often used […]

What Can You Make with a Syrup?



The strawberry season is upon us.  Mid-April berries, at least in our area—are not as good as May berries but if you shop carefully, you can get good berries at […]

Two Easy Ways to Make Strawberry Pies!


I went last week, starving.  They had sirloin steaks on sale for $2 each.  I could tell they weren’t the best cuts of meat.  I bought them anyway—quite a few […]

How to Cook the Perfect Steak—Every Time




The local school district was sponsoring a science fair and they asked me to do a kitchen demonstration; one that demonstrated a principle of science.  I chose buttermilk syrup. They […]

The Secret to Buttermilk Syrup



What a Dough Conditioner Does A good dough conditioner does three things: It “conditions” the protein strands so they are longer and more elastic (I have no idea how that […]

Bread Essentials: Dough Conditioner


Three Things that Every Bread Baker Should Have and Why Baking bread is not hard but it pays to know the essentials and the science about baking.  We’ve written a […]

Three Essentials for Bread Bakers






Pancake syrup is sugar syrup made with flavors, juice, or maple. Candy popcorn is made with a sugar syrup cooked to the softball stage.    Why not cook a pancake syrup […]

How to Make Candy Popcorn with Pancake Syrup