1, 2 Step Smoothie

Dear Reader, Do you like bananas and peanut butter? If so, you can drink happiness and I’ll show you how. After much trial and error, I have stumbled upon the precise recipe to achieve liquid happiness. But before we get started, I want to apologize to all of you who are intolerant of nuts as... Continue Reading →

It’s Popping

Dear Reader, Have you ever made homemade popcorn? And, no, picking up a bag of the Orville Redenbacher’s movie theater butter popcorn to throw in the microwave does not count. If you are a popcorn noob like me, you may be surprised to realize how easy it is to make popcorn on the stove. It... Continue Reading →

The Better Potato

Dear Reader, The sweet potato fry will always hold a special place in my heart. At some point during college, I became more interested in consuming “nutritious” foods. So, in a very unscientific way, I decided that some foods were “preferable” to others. For instance, during this period, I decided that almond butter was superior... Continue Reading →

The First Crepe is a Blob

Dear Reader, As a novice baker, I tend to bake within my comfort zone. So, instead of looking far and wide for new recipes, I take comfort in putting together sweet breads (more here), flatbread (more here), and sometimes even cakes (more here). All was well in my little kitchen, until, unexpectedly, my boyfriend put... Continue Reading →

Never Bake a Cake in a Hurry

Dear Reader, A friendly piece of advice — never bake a cake in a hurry. During the pandemic, I have gotten into the habit of cooking dinner once a week for my boyfriend and I and preparing a dessert. In a routine way, I set aside 90 minutes (give or take 15 mins) one evening... Continue Reading →

The Beginner’s Bread

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of flatbread? To be honest, although I have had flatbread in the past, I had never prepared one until the pandemic. For many, flatbreads have become a new staple as they require so few ingredients, but also because they can be really, very good! In my flatbread adventures, I... Continue Reading →

Sad Little Loaves

Dear Reader, I have come to the point in this pandemic when I seem to be baking for the sake of baking rather than baking because I actually want to bake or am craving something sweet. For example, this past week, I made two types of pumpkin bread and have barely eaten either. The first... Continue Reading →

The Science of Baking

Dear Reader, When you account for all of the physical and chemical reactions, baking really is a messy sort of science. For example, when you make a cake you must mix and combine the ingredients (a physical reaction, i.e. when molecules are rearranged) and then bake everything in the oven (a chemical reaction, i.e. the... Continue Reading →

Have you tried the scones?

Dear Reader, Are you a fan of scones? If you are an American, you may be picturing the sweet, triangular baked goods that are often served at Starbucks or other cafes. If you are British, you may be envisioning a round, slightly-less sweet treat. Because I was running low on eggs (due to the pandemic),... Continue Reading →

Sweet, Soft, Simple – Mango Cake!

Dear Reader, Baking with mangos is surprisingly unpopular on cooking websites. These sweet tropical fruits are seemingly reserved for sorbets, ice creams, and puddings. Having a ripe mango in the kitchen and a desire to make a baked good, I ignored the advice of the internet and embarked on a near fruitless search to find... Continue Reading →

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