How to Freeze Zucchini for Baking

One of the most common summer vegetables is zucchini. If your garden looks anything like mine, it’s bursting with more zucchini than you know what to do with. Since we love the moistness of zucchini bread, cookies, and muffins too much to let the zucchni go to waste, we often like to freeze it for later baking.  Here’s how to do it: How to Freeze Zucchini Wash and trim the zucchini. If you are using large squash, remove the seedy pulp and save only the firmer flash. Do not skin. Grate the zucchini. Stir a little salt—a teaspoon per large …

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Rhubarb Nut Crisp

Surprise the family with one of these great rhubarb recipes. Strawberry rhubarb is a classic combination, and the flavors pair so well together. Here’s a few recipes to get you into the season. Rhubarb Nut Crisp Recipe I like rhubarb. I have a rhubarb plant in my back yard that has grown into a monster perennial. It takes no care and provides enough stalks for few rhubarb pies and crisps each spring. This makes a great springtime dessert.A crisp can be served hot or cold with whipped cream or ice cream. This is another crisp that goes well with lemon …

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Three Essentials for Making Bread

When it comes to making bread, I believe it is an art, and like all art forms, there are a few essentials that I would never go without. Here are a few tools that I consider essentials in my kitchen for making bread. But first, consider the Art and Science of Baking. The Art and Science of Baking Baking bread is not hard, but it pays to know the essentials and the science about baking. We’ve written a book by that title: How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking. If you are serious about baking, read that. But …

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How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways

How to Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways Get a FREE Soft Cookie Mix for your ice cream sandwiches! Choose one, add it to cart, and use code “ZSOFT” at checkout. Make Ice Cream Sandwiches Three Ways! So much better than the store! You can’t get more than simple chocolate and vanilla ice cream sandwiches from the store; making them yourself is so much better. Get creative! Choose your favorite cookie base and mix and match with the ice cream, the toppings, and even the shape. You can even dip them in chocolate or frosting. So fun and always delicious! Whether you decide to use the ice cream sandwich maker, cut out the cookie shapes from a sheet cookie, or use simple cookies they’re fun to make with the kids and will taste great.

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How to Avoid Weeping Meringues

One of the best things to make a picturesque pie is to top it with meringue, but how do you keep the meringue from weeping? Weeping meringues aren’t very pretty. The meringue pulls back from the crust, moisture beads on the topping, and a clear liquid forms below the crust. It doesn’t hurt the pie but it’s not presentable. Most weeping seems to be caused by one of two conditions, either the sugar isn’t completely dissolved or the egg whites are not fully cooked. Say goodbye to weeping meringues. Beautiful pies every time! Your meringue pies don’t have to be …

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How to Make Muffin Tops

Make Perfect High-Domed Muffin Tops! Get a FREE Strawberry Muffin Mix! Add it to cart and use the code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Everyone knows that the top of the muffin is always the best part. Muffin tops are crunchy, have the most flavor, and can even taste like fluffy cookies if you do it right. They’re not crusty or sweaty like the bottoms of the muffins sometimes are. Once you start making muffin tops, you’ll never go back to standard muffins. Use a Muffin Top Pan All it takes to make muffin tops is a muffin top pan, muffin batter, …

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How to Remove Your Muffins from the Tins

FREE! Make these Strawberry Cream Muffins for your family or friends! Add it to your cart and use code “ZMUFF” at checkout. Claim Your Muffins Back from the Tin! Melissa Tracey was a rockstar in our test kitchen. She graduated from two culinary programs, one in New York and one in Idaho. She knew how to bake. Alas, she’s teaching in Arizona now. “She said the most valuable tool we had in our test kitchen was this long, thin blue (it comes in red also) silicone spatula. It’s long enough, thin enough, and soft enough that you can run it …

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Ten Ways to Make Flavored Whipped Cream

Make the Best Desserts Ever with Flavored Whipped Cream! Make this Flavored Whipped Cream with a FREE Meringue Powder! Add it to cart and use code “ZPOW” at checkout. Look at All the Different Kinds of Whipped Creams You Can Make! If you want to make the best desserts on the planet, use flavored whipped cream—like caramel or strawberry or chocolate or even peanut butter. Just let your imagination roam. Consider different flavors but don’t overlook inclusions—like peanut butter, chopped nuts, minced pineapple, spices, zest, flavored syrups, chocolate, jams, and pastry fillings. Think of all the ice cream flavors. You’re …

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Tips for Great Brownies

Choose One Free Brownie or Snickerdoodle Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z333” at checkout. Even if you’ve never made brownies before, you can bake brownies like a pro. Don’t know how to prepare the pan, how long to cool the brownies, how to properly cut them, or how to store them? No problem. Follow these seven helpful tips, and you’ll get the best brownies— ooey-gooey and super chocolatey— every time. How Do You Prepare the Pan for Brownies? For the best brownies, we usually line our pan with parchment paper or foil. Here’s how you do it: …

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Mixing Methods Commonly Used in Recipes

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Try out Your New Mixing Skills with a Free Brownie or Snickerdoodle Mix. Choose one, add it to cart, and use code “Z333” at checkout. Want to become a better baker and feel like a pro in the kitchen when you can recognize exactly which method of mixing will be used just by looking at the recipe? This article will help you to do just that. While there are scores of mixing methods used in baking, many recipes for cakes, muffins, cookies, and more utilize one of two methods: the muffin method or the creaming …

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Troubleshooting Quick Breads

(Updated from May 22, 2014) FREE! The “Best Banana Bread” Ever! Guaranteed! Get this Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread Mix! Free with code “ZBAN” at checkout. Limit 1. Be sure to add it to your cart. It is truly awesome!This is a dessert bread that really surprised me! I wouldn’t have thought to put cinnamon chips in banana bread, but WOW? Definitely worth trying!” Melody Knopf (customer review) Quick breads make for a fast and tasty treat, and they can be really easy to make. But it’s common to run into some issues along the way. The most common causes for these …

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A Perfect Pancake Primer

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FREE! Choose a Pancake Mix Like This! Add it to cart and use code “ZPAN” at checkout. We all know that pancakes make one of the best breakfasts, and we’re going to help you make your pancakes even more perfect. Let this pancake primer be your guide to answer all of your pancake needs and questions. Whether you’ve got questions on batter consistency, how long to bake your pancakes, or even just ideas for more creative pancakes; we’ve got you covered. We know you can make great pancakes. With this primer, you’ll make even better pancakes. In this primer you …

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The Biscuit Method for Mixing Biscuits, Scones, and Pastries

(Updated from May 10, 2014) A good biscuit or pastry is soft, buttery, and flaky. Have you ever wondered what makes those biscuits, scones, and pastries so flaky? It’s the biscuit method, which is used to mix most biscuits and scones. It is sometimes called the pastry method because it incorporates the same technique as for mixing pie dough. (There are some biscuit recipes that call for using the creaming method, but those biscuits turn out to be more cake-like.) This article will tell you all you need to know about the biscuit method. What is the Biscuit Method? In …

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Do I Need to Bake My Graham Cracker Crumb Crusts?

(Updated from May 26, 2014) When you don’t feel like preparing a pie crust for your desserts, a graham cracker crust is the way to go. It works great for cream pies and cheesecakes, especially. But do you need to bake your graham cracker pie crusts? It depends, but you will need to expose our crust to the cold or the heat to allow it to properly set. Save your graham crackers for the smores. Make your graham cracker pie crusts easier by using graham cracker crumbs instead of smashing perfectly good graham crackers to make your own. To Bake …

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What Should You Buy—a Pizza Stone or a Pizza Pan?

(Updated From May 10, 2014) Choose One! Get a FREE Pizza Roller, Pizza Crust Mix, or Italian Pizza Spice! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZA”, “ZPIZB”, or “ZPIZC” at checkout. There’s nothing quite like a fresh, cheesy pizza coming hot out of the oven. Whether you use a pizza stone or a pizza pan, I have found it to be largely a matter of preference. This article will help you decide for yourself which one is better: the pizza stone or the pizza pan. Get a free pizza roller (use code “ZPIZA”) to help make the pizza-making process …

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Six Great Snacking Cheeses to Serve with Fruit

(Updated from May 10, 2014) Finding a snack that is quick, easy, and not too unhealthy can be hard to do. Sometimes the simple foods are the best . . . and there is nothing better on so many occasions than fresh fruit and cheese. It makes a party better, it makes a great mid-afternoon snack, it’s a wonderful appetizer, and it goes well in a packed lunch. But there are so many cheeses to choose from. We’ll help. Here are our favorite snacking cheeses to serve with fruit—apples, grapes, pears, and more. Snacking Cheeses to Pair with Tart Fruits …

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How Long Will it Last? Keeping Food in the Cooler

With the weather warming up and cookouts and picnics coming out, it’s important to keep your food safe. The best way to keep yourself and your food safe this summer is by not eating food that has been sitting out in the sun for more than an hour and a half, sticking a kitchen thermometer at the top of your cooler to make sure the temperature doesn’t drop below 40 degrees, and considering the source of your food.

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How to Make a Calzone like a Pizza Shop

The Perfect Make-Ahead Freezer Meal (Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Pizza Crust Mix! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIZB” at checkout. If you can make a pizza, you can make a calzone. Calzones are easy meals that you can even make ahead of time, freeze, and then have out of the oven in just fifteen minutes. In this article, we’ll tell you how to make a calzone with methods and tips. Calzones are closely related to pizzas, sort of a folded over pizza. Somehow though, cutting into the crisp, golden crust of a calzone to …

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Thirteen Ways to Make Your Sugar Cookies Anything but Ordinary

(Updated From May 13, 2014) Get a FREE Snickerdoodle Mix! Add it to cart and use code “Z145” at checkout. Or Try our Sugarsnap Cookie mix for FREE instead! Add it to cart and use code “ZSNAPS” at checkout. *Only one coupon allowed per order. The sugar cookie is a classic and such a crowd-pleaser. They’re a go-to in my house when we need a sweet treat to share, but when you’ve made hundreds of sugar cookies, there needs to be some sort of variation to keep it interesting. Sugar cookies can be a work of art. I’m not an …

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The Secrets to a Great Quiche

Plus get a FREE Pie Crust Shield, a $7.99 value (Updated From May 10, 2014) Get a FREE Pie Crust Shield! Add it to cart and use code “ZPIE” at checkout. Here’s your one-dish make-ahead meal that is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if you’ve never made a quiche before, following these easy steps and secrets will make you feel like a pro, and you’ll make the perfect quiche every time. Why a Pie Crust Shield is Essential to the Perfect Quiche 5 Keys to the Perfect Quiche The Four Secrets to a Perfect Quiche Nine Perfect Quiche …

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