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7 Tips For Soft and Chewy Cookies

So first and foremost, I gotta let you in on one of my top 3 pet peeves. Crispy, hard and overbaked cookies!!!

To tell you the truth, this is one of the reasons why I began my baking extravaganza. A lot of the hobbies that I start in my life are primarily because I want to conquer a problem of mine in some way. For example, you may ask why I tried to become more like Arnold Schwarzenegger when I was in high school? Well, like many boys, I was born. And then 17 years later I realized that becoming like Arnold just made sense. I started pumping iron as a hobby with a goal in mind to become the next Mr. Olympia. Of course I chose the one goal that I was never going to attain, mainly because I prefer baked goods to steroids! So there ya have it. But back to my original reason for this post…:)

When I first began baking I had a goal of figuring out how to uncrispify my cookies and make them into delicious mounds of chewy. It took me many burnt cookies and frustrating nights before I slammed on the panic button and realized that I had just jumped into this whole baking thing without any knowledge. Major NO NO. A little background research and I was on my way to baking in a burnt free kitchen! Quick, join me in learning more about chewy cookies! Continue reading


Tips for Valentine’s Day Gifts

Flower this. Chocolate that. Romanticize this and that.

Frankly, I am sick of all the consumerism surrounding Valentine’s Day. I hate the feeling that I have to do something out of the ordinary for my loved one as soon as it strikes February 14th. There is so much pressure from this consumer created holiday that makes everything I do on this day feel a little less special. What is the big problem with making your loved one feel special on a day that has no “to-do-list” on it? Why can’t yesterday or tomorrow be that day when you surprise your loved and take her out when she doesn’t even see it coming!

I see Valentine’s as a day to celebrate the ordinary and to take it as just another day. My trick is to use any of the other 364 days of the year to make my loved one feel special, that way there are no expectations built into my relationship surrounding Valentine’s Day each year.

If you still feel pressure to hit a home run on Valentine’s Day here are some tips:

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Single or Double Acting Baking Powder? Tip of the Day

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So after doing some baking last night I found a little tip that you may want to know. What is the difference between single and double acting baking powder? I found a little Rumford in the cabinet last night and asked myself, “what does double acting mean anyway?” Continue reading