Keyword: Chocolate



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







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




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



What if there was a breakfast food that was readily available, very nutritious, and inexpensive? What if you could eat it plain or use it a hundred different ways? What […]

How to Bake, Cook, and Live Better with Oats


By Casey Archibald and Dennis Weaver These are adorable cupcakes but the spun sugar nests are tricky.  The rest of the cupcakes are straightforward.  Be sure and look at the […]

Birds Nest Easter Egg Cupcakes



We have made our white chocolate cheesecake many times.  It’s our most popular cheesecake.  This time we put huckleberry flavor and color in one-third of the batter and swirled the […]

White Chocolate Huckleberry Swirl Cheesecake


Valentine’s Day is just days away. Are you ready to wow your sweetheart? We have dinner in restaurants often. That’s nice, but we do it often enough that it doesn’t […]

A Guy’s Blueprint for Valentine’s Day



FREE! Learn what they teach in culinary school–without the tuition! Baking is both an art and a science.  Learn how ingredients work, learn the secrets of the pro’s—all for free.  […]

How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking




We love banana muffins this time of year. They fill a void waiting for the summer harvest to come on.  Besides, we’ve frozen so many over-ripe bananas over the course […]

Three Ways to Make Superb Banana Muffins




Christmas day was a blizzard.  When I ventured to look out, the drifts were two feet deep in my driveway.  The county posted that they were only going to dispatch […]

Look What You Can Make With a Brownie Mix!