baking hack · baking science · caramelization · condensed milk · dulce de leche · Maillard reaction · recipes

Leftover condensed milk? No problem!

Don’t you hate it when a recipe calls for anything-less-than-an-entire-can of sweetened condensed milk?  I do and I know that sometimes it’s unavoidable.  So what do you do with the remaining condensed milk?  Sure you can save it for another time or find another recipe to use up the leftovers.  I usually turn the condensed… Continue reading Leftover condensed milk? No problem!

baking · baking science · culinary ratio · easy recipes · lemon curd · lemon curd mousse · olive oil · pound cake · ratio · recipes

Oh my, Olive Oyl!

Ratios are a great way to ditch cookbooks and let your creative juices flow.  A great one for cakes is for pound cake.  Pound cake is a type of cake traditionally made with equal amounts of flour, eggs, sugar, and butter.  You can easily manipulate the ratio and create dozens of variations of this cake. … Continue reading Oh my, Olive Oyl!

empathy · immigrant · No Monsters in Berlin · refugee

No Monsters in Berlin

Empathy for others can be difficult since you don’t always completely understand another’s point of view.  You try to put yourself in that person’s position as much as possible, but you can’t truly capture their experience to fully comprehend where they’re coming from.  I read and watch documentaries to help me grasp even a small bit of… Continue reading No Monsters in Berlin

allspice · autumn · cinnamon · fall · ginger · nutmeg · PSL · pumpkin · pumpkin pie spice · pumpkin spice · pumpkin spice latte · spices · vanilla

What is pumpkin spice?

We are knee-deep into pumpkin spice season.  Everywhere you turn, you will encounter pumpkin-spiced-you-name-it-it-exists-even-though-it-doesn’t-need-to.  Seriously though, I think we have taken this obsession just a smidge too far.  Don’t you think? Look, I’m not saying I don’t enjoy a PSL (pumpkin spiced latte) every now and then.  But, do we really need it everywhere? At any… Continue reading What is pumpkin spice?

baking · baking bug · baking hack · butter · creaming mixing method · kitchen hack

I can’t believe it’s not cheese

Ever have the baking bug hit you so fiercely you have to make something right away?  I have.  One of the issues I have when this happens is impatiently waiting for my butter to soften.  I’ve heard about and seen a couple of kitchen hacks to make the process go quicker. One that works amazingly is grating… Continue reading I can’t believe it’s not cheese

autumn · comfort · fall · matcha · matcha latte

You know I’m all about that matcha latte, no treble

’Tis the season for warmth and comfort.  I’m always seeking ways to up my tea game.  Lately, anything matcha will do.  Sure there’s a time and place to go to your favorite cafe and buy a cup.  But there’s also something to be said about making your own cup at home.  This is my version of… Continue reading You know I’m all about that matcha latte, no treble