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  1. OhioTom76

    What do you grease the pan with?

    Depending on how much butter/fat is in the item I am cooking, sometimes none at all - such as the case with cookies. Because that bit of tension from the pan helps the cookie retain it's shape, whereas if I would have greased the pan, they would have spread out more. For stuff like breads, I...
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    chocolate for baking

    Although Ghiradelli is popular, I would suggest checking out places like Target, CVS and even Family Dollar. They all have a variety of dark chocolate bars now similar to the big brands, but at much lower prices. This is especially nice when you are using them for baking, since you are not...
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    Is a Mixer worth it?

    Hamilton Beach makes a stand mixer that retails for about $80 on Amazon that has been getting great reviews. It has a more box-y, rectangular compact design and I think the bowl on it is taller and narrower too. But all the reviews for it said it's a fantastic value for the money and performs as...
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    Toaster oven

    Go for the biggest one you can fit on your counter. The tiny ones are useless since they can barely fit anything, and what does fit in them is so close to the heating elements that it will burn easily. I've turned toast into charcoal twice with cheap small toaster ovens, which also smoked up my...
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    Sneaky Bakers

    Please, Sandra Lee makes millions of dollars doing this with angel food cakes! LOL Although I've never done it with baked goods to date, I wouldn't rule it out in a pinch. If it was something really basic like some vanilla cupcakes, and perhaps I could frost them myself to make them look...
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    Is she a fake baker or is it the thought that counts?

    "Preemptive strike" LOL! damn, that sounds kind of cold! :D Those might be the best things she can make though, so perhaps they are the lesser of two evils so to speak. At some point though she should have the common sense to realize the deserts your family is making are much better than the...
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    are you overly cautious about cross-contamination?

    I would probably do the same thing if I were in her shoes, for two reasons: 1.) Heaven forbid if I actually did get everyone sick due to some sort of cross contamination. 2.) Perhaps she is particular about how sanitary others are when preparing food and is self conscious that others are...
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    What is your favorite breakfast recipe?

    Egg and Pepper sandwiches. I saute some fresh green bell pepper in extra virgin olive oil with some sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, then add the scrambled eggs. I prefer a really gluten-y chewy and crusty Italian bread for this, toasted of course. Our local grocery store calls it...
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    Marble Cake Recipe - With White Pepper?

    This caught my attention recently, and I had to do a double take when I read the ingredients. http://food52.com/blog/10062-the-new-modern-marble-cake-is-made-with-olive-oil The article emphasizes the use of Olive Oil in the cake, which isn't really far fetched. But then they call for a half of...
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    substitute for oil?

    Applesauce works, I've used it before. If you want something a little healthier I suppose you could make your own applesauce so you know that there isn't any added sugar in it. Mashed bananas also work well in some cases - particularly with brownies. You'll wind up with more of a "cake" like...
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    Easiest and fun baking idea with children.

    Pizzelles are fun, if you've got a pizzelle maker. I used to love making those with my mom, and would want to come up with all sorts of different flavors of them. You can even play with some food color and make different color ones too for fun, or roll them around a tube while they are still...
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    Letting kids lick the spoon

    I suppose you could use powdered eggs or pasteurized eggs if you were that concerned - but they likely cost a whole lot more. I personally don't like pasteurized eggs because they cook up funny, especially when trying to make scrambled eggs with them - they come out all flat and weird, and I...
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    Immersion blenders.

    I've been meaning to get a better one of these. I have a really basic Braun stick blender that I bought back in 1995 (geesh!) but it really doesn't work well at all and I lost the few attachments that came with it to "whip" and mix stuff. I think it was just designed poorly, because it doesn't...
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    Baking in the Classroom

    Any recipe should be able able to be broken down into more complex measurements simply by cutting it in half or making two thirds of the recipe - something that will cause all the measurements to be trickier - to challenge the kids. I like the idea of using muffin tins as well, since you can...
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    Scared to Bake With Children?

    Let him do his own small batch of whatever it is you are making along side yours - that way you aren't wasting a whole bunch of ingredients if he gets something wrong - and he can see how it's supposed to come out when he sees your batch along side his. That's kind of how I would make cookies...
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    Favorite recipe to make with children

    Not really baking, but home made chocolate truffles and other candies are fun. A chocolate ganache is easy to make on a double boiler, and it can be a lot of fun dipping the rolled up balls of ganache back into some more melted chocolates and decorating them with various toppings. You could also...
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    Your fondest baking memory

    I would say I had more fun and more fond memories of cooking rather than baking, if I had to chose between the two, but I've also had some good times baking with my mom. We had a garden during most of the years I was a kid, and at the end of the season for zucchini, we would get stuck with tons...
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    Sneaky Stealer

    No offense, but shouldn't her mom be watching her and not you? I would explain to her and your brother that they need to be watching and raising their own kids. She may very well be curious and want to see what you're doing, and that's perfectly cute and innocent and all, even though it's a...
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    Do you do your baking in the mini-oven?

    I had a nice toaster oven that I used to use all the time. Seriously, if you get one that is large enough, they can accommodate all sorts of meals that you would normally prepare in a regular oven. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they heat up a lot faster since there is less total...
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    What non-baking tool have you used to bake something?

    I haven't tried it yet, but apparently Alton Brown said that you can use those terra cotta landscaping tiles in your oven as a makeshift pizza stone. Since they're only a couple bucks each, I've been tempted to give them a try for fun. The only comments I've heard from others about this method...
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