Okay, so my grandmother is in the hospital, and I thought I’d take her some cookies – I really, really wanted to take her snickerdoodles…. Now, I’ve tried frequently in the past to master the snickerdoodle, but to no avail – for some reason, the sugary, buttery, cinnamony treats have endlessly eluded me. What I’ve […]

I used to be a die-hard fan of wooden chopping boards until the advent of the flexible chopping mat – I haven’t cut anything on a wooden board since. For example, when I chop onion for a recipe, I have to mince it, otherwise, the kids turn their noses up at whatever dish it’s being […]

I LOVE the flavor of Irish Cream, but I never really cared for the other brands of Irish Cream flavored coffee creamers, be they powder or liquid. Why? you ask — because they didn’t taste like Irish Cream; I had to add a TON of it, just to get some of that amazing flavor, and […]

Okay, so I was making Christmas cookies, and since no holiday cookie repertoire is complete without Peanut Butter Blossoms, I began to cream the butter and realized when I got to Step 2 (cream peanut butter with butter), I realized…I HAD NO PEANUT BUTTER! As Scooby Doo would say, “Rut-roh.” So, I did what any […]

Ah…the flavor, the color, the scent of cinnamon! Apple pie or snicker-doodles baking in the oven makes your house smell like…well, home…thanks to cinnamon. So, given that Christmas is just around the corner, I’ve decided to dedicate my very first informational post to cinnamon, the ultimate comfort spice. Not only is cinnamon an invaluable staple […]

If you peruse the Internet, you’ll find tons of tips (the same tip, actually, repeated over and over) on how to make your own buttermilk: One cup of milk + one tablespoon of vinegar, stir and let sit for five minutes, then Voila! Instant buttermilk! Quick, easy, painless..I know. BUT (and there’s usually a BUT), […]

Sure, pretty much everyone’s heard of adding a little sugar to spaghetti sauce when it’s too acidic. I used to add white sugar, and although it cut the acidity, the flavor left behind was a little hollow. Then, I caught a post on a web forum that suggested adding BROWN SUGAR to spaghetti sauce; I […]

From what I understand, Greek-style yogurt is very popular. I’ve never bought this type of yogurt, though, because I found a way to make my own. Now, if you prefer Greek yogurt because it’s made with a different milk, or it has a different flavor, or it has a different fat content than regular yogurt, […]

Vanilla extract — the one kitchen essential that none of us should EVER be without; you can’t swing a kitchen towel without hitting a dessert recipe that calls for it, and rightfully so – real vanilla extract is an amazing ingredient! Given the price of vanilla extract in the store, I’d always thought that it […]

I can’t tell you how many times I used to pour cloudy iced tea down the drain…until I read that acid is what causes the tea to turn cloudy so quickly. And what neutralizes acid? Why, BAKING SODA, of course! Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda the next time you make a gallon of iced […]