Kitchen Tips & Techniques

How to Decorate: Spring Umbrella and Raindrops Cookies
Spring showers and plump raindrops require a large and preferably fashionable umbrella to keep you dry. This chic design is perfect for beginners, requiring only some basic piping and flodding skills, but the impressive results will yield a downpour of compliments! Click on the below link to... More »
Airplane Napkin Fold (kid-fav)
Knowing how to execute a perfect napkin fold is not a skill everyone has, but it’s one you can easily and quickly teach yourself — with Denise’s help, of course! Napkin folds immediately bring a touch of elegance, whimsy or retro style to your table. And they take your table setting to the next... More »
Fun with Food this March Break!
 Seeking some fun ‘kids stuff’ ideas this March Break? Author of 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets, Susan Sampson has some fabulously fun ideas:    Fill a cash register with M&Ms or Smarties and jelly beans; the kids will have fun ringing in sales to pop open the drawer. They... More »
Bake Something Great!
 Kid-friendly ingredients - such as cereal, graham wafers, marshmallows, chocolate chips, peanut butter and caramels - dominate, making the recipes favorites for the young as well as the young at heart. These bars are also relatively easy to make, which means that kids can help out in the... More »
Easy Ways to Add More Fruits & Vegetables Into Your Diet
 Camilla Saulsbury,  fitness expert and author of 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking, offers easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet and busy schedule: Step 2: Eat Mostly Vegetable- and Fruit-Based Foods  • Keep ready-to-eat raw vegetables handy in a clear container... More »
Candy Waterfall from Gravity Cakes
Don’t be fooled by how masterful this cake looks — it is one of the easiest Gravity Cakes to make! Prepare to see facial expressions on your family and friends that you’ve never seen before. If you start charging a penny for every time you hear “How did you do that?” or “That’s amazing!” you’... More »
How to Decorate a Wedding or Bridal Shower Cake
Spring and summer are filled with weddings and bridal showers!Want to save a bit of money, add a personal touch, and have a little fun?Why not decorate your own wedding or bridal shower cake, or offer to do one for your best friend?Simply follow the simple instructions from cake decorating expert... More »
Bow and Swag Wedding Cake
This cake takes the classic buttercream swag and pairs it down to its simplest, most elegant form. The delicate swags, tiny bows and dots are simple enough to be clean and unfussy, but interesting and beautiful enough that no further decoration is required.Are you hosting a bridal shower? Having a... More »
Decorating Tips: How to Make Petal Daisies
When paired with cloth or disposable pastry bags, decorating tips open up a world of cake decorating possibilities. Essentially, these tips are small cones with openings cut in various shapes, creating distinctive decorations when buttercream icing is pushed through.Depending on the brand, tips may... More »
How to Fold a Parchment Pastry Bag
 With a little practice, folding a parchment bag will become second nature: Lay the triangle on a flat surface with the right-angled point of the triangle (corner A) pointing toward your stomach. Cut a piece of parchment paper into a triangle that is 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm) wide on its... More »
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