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Brewing summer savings

I’m the kind of person that has to have an iced coffee or tea during the summer.  However, this does nothing for my wallet.  In trying harder to save more, I’ve started being smarter about planning out meals and preparing them ahead of time.  For breakfast, I make overnight oats with a variety of fresh fruit.… Continue reading Brewing summer savings

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Key Largo, Montego…

The heat has been rising in the northeast and for whatever reason, the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” kept popping into my head.  So, I thought it would make a fitting title for a post about coconut caramel. I came up with the recipe a couple of summers ago in a tiny test kitchen in Manhattan.  It was… Continue reading Key Largo, Montego…

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“With enough butter, anything is good”

Julia Child knew what she was talking about.  However, I would argue that transforming this everyday ingredient with the addition of heat, transforms it into a complex flavor that makes anything taste amazing.  Browning butter does amazing things to baked goods.  Boiling the butter causes the water evaporate.  Then the fun begins.  Butterfat caramelizes and the Maillard… Continue reading “With enough butter, anything is good”

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A ratio by any other name

Math is all around us.  I disliked hearing that growing up.  It is ironic that I am now using these same words when I try to diffuse my students’ math anxiety.  Given how much I struggled with math growing up, I never thought that I would ever teach basic math and related bakery math.  Just… Continue reading A ratio by any other name