Kitchen Tips & Techniques

Spellbound Wedding Cake
 Minimalistic and straightforward, this cake is absolutely perfect for weddings and bridal showers. The best part...the climbing spirals make this cake particularly forgiving of icing imperfections!Click on the links below for full-color, step-by-step, photographs and detailed instructions on... 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 »
How to Create a Smooth Scallop Cake Border
 Are you making a special cake for a family gathering? A wedding cake or bridal shower cake for someone special? Do you need a bit of help with some of the decorating details?The elegance and versatility of the smooth scallop make it cake expert Carey Madden's go-to border for most cakes.... More »
Buttercream Decorating
Few foods are more exquisite than a magnificently decorated cake, and few cakes taste more divine than those swathed in buttercream. Sensational Buttercream Decorating will help you create stunning cakes you can be proud of, with expert advice on everything you need to know along the way. This... 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 »
Handling Gluten-Free Flours and Starches
• Purchase flours and starches from reliable sources for consistent quality and to ensure that there is no risk from cross-contamination. Once you succeed with a particular product, either brand or quality, stick with it. • Store flours and starches in plastic containers rather than the bags... More »
Chinese Cooking Tips
Stephen Wong and Bill Jones, through their books and other writings, have championed a fusion style of cooking. Their book, 125 Best Chinese Recipes, is filled with imaginative and creative recipes that reflect honest cooking — simple, quick, healthy and easy to prepare. Their mouth-watering... More »
The Day I Became a Candy Maker (and Why I Wrote This Book)
One Christmas when I was in my mid-thirties, my mother was visiting and she walked into my kitchen carrying a sack in her hands. She smiled coyly and said, “I have something for you.” She hesitated a minute and then said, “I am giving this to you because I think you will be the next candy maker in... More »
Thai Cooking Tips
Food is a significant part of everyday life in Thailand. People are always snacking. Traditional Thai meals at home are generally informal, simple and practical. They may consist of a single dish, such as bowl of noodles or rice, or several dishes, but all are carefully prepared and look as good as... More »
What is the Difference Between Culinary and Medicinal Herbs & Spices?
 Ian Hemphill, author of The Spice & Herb Bible, Third Edition, is often asked about the difference between Culinary and Medicinal herbs and spices. Here is what Ian has to say:"Culinary herbs and spices are those that are used primarily to flavor food. They may be included during cooking... More »
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