Is Your Kitchen Ready For Winter Baking?

Well, cold winter weather has arrived (at least in these parts). And to make things worse, soon the holiday season will be over and here we are with our extra pounds, our brand new mixers and no idea how to reconcile the two. If you're feeling sluggish and under-motivated right about now, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, as many as 20% of Americans suffer from some form of winter blues. The good news is that baking, and the creative process involved with it, can help. This is not the time to shelve the mixing bowls, spatulas and cookie sheets. It's the time to learn how to get bread to rise in cold weather. This is the kind of fun guaranteed to chase a

5 Simple Tips For Happy, Healthy Holidays

The holiday season is often seen as a break from healthy habits. What with all the cookies, candies and goodies lying around, who can be expected to stick to the diet, right? Well, keep telling yourself that. The fact is, the piper will expect to be paid in January, when extra pounds and low energy threaten to turn your New Year into a sad downhill slide. This can be avoided, and without sacrificing all of your favorite holiday traditions. Yes, it's true: you can eat well during the holiday season and not end up in a shame spiral. Here are a few simple ways to do it: Swap in healthy oils Baking is what we do here. However, I am willing to admit that much of what makes baked goods so deliciou

Fact Or Fiction: 5 Common Baking Myths Debunked

For those who don't bake, the whole thing may seem mysterious, even impossible. It's one of the reasons why bakery is purchased from stores rather than made at home, right? So the first and most obvious baking myth might be that it is difficult. We are not including this in our list. Anyone can bake, and it's only as difficult as you choose to make it. The real myths about baking involve the process itself. For best results, it's a good idea to get rid of the fiction and stick with the facts. So, here are 5 common baking myths debunked, so you can become the amazing baker you want to be: 1. Preheating the oven is not necessary. Ovens can take a long time to come up to temp. Whether you're ba

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