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Posted in: Archive for April, 2013

I love sweets, but I don’t make them all that often. I guess then primary reason might be obvious; it’s easier to resist eating them when I have to go to a bakery to buy them. Feeling like a nap and a soft blanket are in order today, and instead being at work, I decided to comfort myself with a sweet treat. These are delicious! Apparently the customers thought so, too, as I nearly sold out of candied ginger from tempting folks with cookies! I have taken the “World’s Best Chewy Ginger Snaps”...

I love to cook. As a single gal, I make a lot of meals for one. Let’s face it: half of the joy of cooking is seeing others enjoy your creations. Often, I don’t want to put a lot of effort into my solo meals. I do a lot of oven roasting because it is easy, flavorful, and lower-fat than most stove top preparations. But I love me some pasta, and it’s hard to roast pasta. This is a quick stove-top preparation – about 15 minutes, 20 at most – that is packed with flavor. You can add some ground beef,...

I made these for my “Flavors of Florence” cooking class recently. You may not think “tart” when you think Italian, but these were inspired by the creations of one of my favorite Italians – Roberta Campani of La Gemma Bakery. You will find delicious treats like this among her creations, which you can now find at the Farmer’s Markets at Poplar Grove Plantation, Wilmington Riverfront, and Carolina Beach. If you don’t want to make them, call La Gemma a couple days in advance of the market you shop and...

An article on Kraft’s Mac & Cheese was recently published in ABCNEWS that focused on an American mom’s concern with the iconic brand’s inclusion of an additive that “has been associated with hyperactivity in children, allergies, migraine and maybe cancer”. The additive in question is yellow dye. Yellow dye generally adds no flavor to the food but affects the coloring. According to the article, the Mac and Cheese produced by Kraft in the UK does not use additives due to stricter regulations,...