Kitchen Tips & Techniques

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’ll be... 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 »
Tips on Purchasing a Food Processor
Are you one of the many people with a food processor tucked in the back of your cupboard? If so, dig it out. Seriously. I guarantee that your food processor will soon become the most versatile and useful appliance you’ve ever had in your kitchen.If you don’t have one – buy one. Or give it to... More »
What Can I Make in a Stand Mixer?
As food professionals, we’ve had stand mixers in our kitchens for longer than we can remember. Because of their versatility, they are perhaps the most integral piece of culinary equipment we own. Certainly our cupboards are filled with all kinds of machines, tools and gadgets, but we can turn to no... More »
Easy Tips for Successful Bread Machine Baking
Looking for some help with your bread machine baking? Experts Donna Washburn and Heather Butt can help, with a few tips from their book, 300 Best Bread Machine Recipes:   Measure all the ingredients accurately.    Remove the baking pan from the bread machine when... More »
Cleaning Tips for Bread Machine Users
When the first automatic bread machine was released in Japan in 1986 by Matsushita Electric Industrial (now Panasonic), it slowly began to revolutionize the way bread was made in kitchens all over the world. By the late 1980s, Sanyo and Zojirushi were also producing bread machines. By the early... More »
Gluten-Free Baking Tips
 To make perfect gluten-free baked goods in general, and outstanding gluten-free muffins in particular, it helps to know a bit of basic food chemistry: freshly milled wheat flour does not actually contain gluten - it contains two proteins, glutenin and gliadin, which turn into gluten when they... More »
How to Beat Egg Whites
BEATING EGGS IN COPPERThe French have long stipulated using a copper bowl for beating egg foams. Egg whites beaten in a copper bowl are creamier, glossier, and less likely to overbeat than foam produced using glass or stainless steel bowls. When you whisk egg whites in a copper bowl, some copper... More »
Brownies, Bars and Squares! Oh My!
Brownies, bars and squares!Just hearing the words gets the attention of everyone – young and old alike. These are desserts that bring back memories of special times and holidays, with flavors of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, as well as other wonderful ingredients.Think of nuts – not... More »
Ten Key Points for Making Desserts in a Jar
 Though I’ve developed virtually all of the recipes in this book with readily available Mason-type jars in mind, when I make my own desserts, I love to serve them in some of the old jars I have saved for many years...Ten Key Points for Making Desserts in a Jar: 1.    ... More »
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