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What’s the Difference: Baking Soda v. Baking Powder?

What's the difference between baking soda and baking powder

If you’ve baked long enough, you’ve probably screwed up a recipe at some point by putting the wrong one in the batter and ended up with a metallic tasting cake or an overflowing quick bread. 

Want to just cut to the chase? 

Both baking power and baking soda are leaveners. They will both give your baked goods lift but they are not equivalent. They work in different ways and you really shouldn’t try to substitute. Continue Reading

Quick & Easy Chocolate Dump It Cake

quick and easy chocolate dump-it cake

Sometimes old school is the best way. The NY Times might have revived it a few years ago, but this recipe dates back to the 30’s or 40’s. If you need a quick, easy, and reliable cake for a dinner party or birthday this is the recipe to use. It all gets ‘dumped’ into one bowl, poured into the pan, baked, and frosted.

You need to allow for cooling time but the hands on-time is less than an hour to have a sweet, moist, chocolaty cake sure to please just about anyone you’ve invited to your party. Or just your family. Or, okay, just you. Continue Reading

3 Simple & Quick Bake Sale Desserts

3 simple and quick bake sale recipes

If you have kids in elementary school, or heck, just live in a suburban community, you’ve probably been asked to contribute something to a bake sale or fundraiser at some point.

If you don’t have a favorite recipe or don’t want to be the 14th chocolate chip cookie or brownie recipe on the table, here are 3 simple and very quick recipe options that you can make in 15 minutes or less and will still leave a great impression. Continue Reading

Run Fast, Eat Slow: Banana Coconut Cookies, Take 2!

banana coconut cookies from run fast eat slow

One the few recipes I was disappointed with in either of the Run Fast cookbooks was the banana coconut cookies. I love cookies, especially ones that I’ve been give permission to eat at breakfast. What’s better than starting the day with coffee and a cookie and maybe a run? 

The first attempt at the recipe wasn’t a total fail but I wasn’t in a rush to try them again. Turns out a probably should have made a decision based on the actual recipe as written not one I had blithely changed. Turns out not all flour is created equal. Just assuming that I could sub in splelt for coconut wasn’t the best decision and likely contributed to the funky texture of the final product.

Thanks to a kindly reader suggestion, I went back and tried the recipe again, this time with the coconut flour and following all the proportions exactly. Except for adding the chocolate chips. I always add chocolate to a recipe when I can get away with it.

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Potluck Cast Iron Cookie Dessert

Potluck Cast Iron Big Cookie Recipe

I mean, you could eat this all be yourself, but let me warn you even my dessert crazy 9 year old begged off when she could have kept going. This cast iron cookie is one serious indulgence and best served sliced up in decadent wedges for a party or eaten with at least eight spoons around a communal family table. The family that eats dessert together can solve anything!

This dessert is quick and easy to make and can handle almost endless number of add-ins to customize it to your own personal tastes. This recipe is just a guide. Continue Reading

Back Pocket Recipe: Quick & Easy Flatbreads

One of my favorite products at Trader Joe’s is the naan flatbreads. Perfect to pop in the toaster and have warm, tasty bread ready on a weeknight to accompany a stir-fry or some Indian.  But sometimes the freezer or empty or you get it in your head that it’s silly to buy something when it’s almost just as easy (and just as tasty) to make it yourself.

I’ll admit these aren’t quite as fast as my favorite 1 hour dinner rolls, but they don’t take all that much longer either. Give it a shot if you have a little extra time on the weekend to add fresh flatbreads to your dinner spread. They also make great small grilled pizzas, too!

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