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How to Brew Pour Over Coffee

By Ashley Rodriguez
Brew Pour Over CoffeeCurrently my coffee method of choice is a single cup pour-over. It’s an inexpensive way to brew a perfect single cup of coffee and launch you into the world of coffee nerdom. While I’ve now reached the point of being able to brew a decent cup without the use of a scale or measuring device regardless of my husband’s nudging for me to weigh, I thought it would be fun talk about the basic recipe for this method. Read more »

Food Lover Friday: How to Make Caramel

By Ashley Rodriguez
CaramelCaramel scares people and I don’t really blame them: it’s incredibly hot, sensitive to crystallization and very hard to clean the equipment used in the process. But the reality is, caramel, with its bitter and sweet flavors and ability to make a simple bowl of vanilla ice cream magical, is completely worth the fear and dirty pots. After several successful batches of homemade caramel the fear fades and you learn that the pans that immediately get soaked are quite easy to clean. Read more »

How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

By Ashley Rodriguez
How to Hard Boil an EggGetting a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg is as simple as boiling water and setting a timer. Just follow these steps-by-step instructions for a perfectly set yolk. What recipes do you use hard boiled eggs for? Read more »

How to Make Oreo Cake Pops

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Oreo Cake PopsOreos are a fantastic snack. Cake pops are a super-fun treat. In short, both are already awesome. But together, they’re even better! Combining the classic cookies and cream flavor in bite-sized cake pop type treats makes for a fun and tasty crafty confection project. Read more »

Happy National Donut and Chocolate Ice Cream Day!

By Lesley
National Donut DaySo, after the winter holidays, birthdays and Mother’s and Father’s Day, what’s the best day of all? Could it be June 7th? The day when we enjoy both National Donut Day and National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? To celebrate this tastiest of double dates, here’s a large scoop of the best donut and ice cream cakes around. Read more »

Food Lover Friday: Delectable Drinks from Simple Syrups

By Ashley Rodriguez
Simple SyrupsAt its most basic form a simple syrup is water and sugar that has been cooked together until the sugar dissolves. The standard ratio is 1 part sugar to 1 part water. For a richer and more syrupy simple syrup use 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. This syrup adds a rich texture to cocktails and allows you to use half the amount of simple syrup for the same amount of sweetness so you aren’t diluting the cocktail. Learn all about variations on simple syrups here! Read more »
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How to Stabilize Whipped Cream

By Jessie Oleson Moore

Stabilized whipped cream may sound sort of like a science experiment. But there’s no need to panic or break out the old chemistry books: really, what it amounts to is whipped cream which is fortified with added ingredients to make it firmer and sturdier in texture.

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Vegetable Stock: Add Flavor to Any Recipe

By Ashley Rodriguez
Cooking Vegetable StockCarrots, celery and onions are the basis for so many recipes and vegetable stock is no different. You want to start with those ingredients for your base and then from there you can add almost any other type of vegetable you might have lying around. Find out how to create a fragrant stock that can be used in any recipe to add a rich flavor. Read more »

15 Minute Desserts: Speedy Sweets Not to be Missed

By Ashley Rodriguez
Quick DessertsWhether it’s a simple dinner party or a weeknight meal, having a dessert at the end of it marks an occasion and suddenly makes the meal feel special. Everyone loves to end on a sweet note but it is so often the dessert that makes the dinner planning feel hectic and a chore that can’t be won. Simple or not a dessert is always appreciated and with these recipes of sweets that can be thrown together in 15 minutes or less, there’s no reason we shouldn’t end with a bit of sweetness. Read more »