Gifts from the Kitchen 2018

Cook's notes: The Penzeys SPICES Fan Club page on Facebook recently had an epic discussion about homemade food gifts for the holidays. The group came up with a huge list of inspiring ideas. I've combed through all the comments, organized the suggestions into categories, and added some links. I omitted some suggestions, such as recipes …

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Reducing a 9 x 13-inch pan recipe

Cook's notes: I've been fascinated by small batch baking and reducing recipes for baked goods lately. Here are some notes I've found useful. 9 x 13-inch pan. Volume: 15 cups (24 to 36 cupcakes) Cut recipe in half and use an 8 x 8-inch square pan If recipe calls for 1 egg, use 1 egg …

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many …

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Review: Beating the Lunch Box Blues

I cooked a few recipes recently from Beating the Lunch Box Blues by J. M. Hirsch (link). I wish a lot more of his recipes gave proportions, if not exact measurements, but this book is full of great ideas. The layout is energized, and a lot of the recipes will work for grown-ups taking their lunch to work. …

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