HALLOWEEN: Best Chocolate Witch

Bewitching in dark or milk chocolate. Photo courtesy Li-Lac Chocolates.   We’ve been looking around, and think we’ve found the best chocolate witch for Halloween. Eight inches tall and weighing in at 14 ounces of solid chocolate, the Big Halloween Witch from Li-Lac Chocolates is our favorite this season. There are many nifty chocolate molds…
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PRODUCT: Pumpkin Design Loaf Pan

This Nordic Ware loaf pan makes plain cake look lovely. Photo courtesy Williams-Sonoma.   With the disclosure that we love to eat cake, and can enjoy a slice a day, we actually prefer loaf cakes to elaborately iced and filled cakes. We can have our cake and eat it, too, because we convince ourself that…
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RECIPE: Boston Cream Pie

October 23rd is National Boston Cream Pie Day, but don’t let the name fool you. Boston Cream Pie is a cake: two layers of buttery sponge cake sandwiched with crème pâtissière (pastry cream or vanilla cream filling) or custard filling, and topped with a glaze of chocolate ganache. BOSTON CREAM PIE HISTORY The modern Boston…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Asian-Style Pasta (It’s Called Noodles)

Pasta originated in China. Scholars credit the Chinese with making noodles from rice flour as early as 1700 B.C.E., the 17th century before the common era (or before Christ, if you still use the old system). The pasta-centric Italians believe pasta dates back to the ancient Etruscans, who inhabited the Etruria region of Italy (the…
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