Friday, May 25, 2012

Around the web – May 25th, 2012

Some fun foods for your Memorial Day picnics and throughout the summer:
·         King Arthur Flour’s Baking Banter – Baked Coconut Shrimp for starters?
·         Tracey’s Culinary Adventures – some Fresh Lime Sherbet for dessert?
·         Spicie Foodie – no recipe here, but some good tips for photogs like me on food photography and submitting photos to sites.
·         Bake at 350 – Peanut Butter Cup Push Pops…sigh…
For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking and Fun Foods pages.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Around the web – May 18th, 2012

A few good things from the web this week:
·         The Wimpy Vegetarian – these Strawberry Cream Cheesecake Tians are so cute for a party!
·         Boulder Locavore – Chocolate Truffle Cookies…look like brownies… :)
·         King Arthur Flour’s Baking Banter – danger ahead!!!!! Pull-Apart Pepperoni Biscuits and Pretzel Sandwich Buns…totally unfair!
For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking and Fun Foods pages.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Around the web – May 11th, 2012

I’m continuously finding new sites and new recipes on the web, partially in thanks to Foodbuzz. Here are a few of this week’s finds.
·         Wilde in the Kitchen – some Buffa-love from Vicki with Sponge Candy FAQs – find her original sponge candy post here (I need to try this soon…)
·         King Arthur Flour’s Baking Banter blog – Ciabatta Rolls…I know bread is bad, but it’s so good!
·         Whisk Together – two favorites this week: Cake Batter Chex Mix (I’m always looking for new Chex Mix recipes) and Creamsicle Water – neither need an oven, but both sound sooooo good.
·         Cooking with Mel – a new find from FoodBuzz, check out these Pepperoni Pizza Bites and Mini Mozzarella Sticks – both made with wonton wrappers! Must delve into this site more, because these look interesting too…
·         The Wimpy Vegetarian – while I’m not a vegetarian, this Rosemary Parmesan Country Flatbread would tempt even meat-eaters!
For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking and Fun Foods pages.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Around the web – May 4th, 2012

Back after a brief hiatus, here are some of my favorite recent posts on the web.
·         Bake at 350 – Bridget makes the cutest stinkin’ cookies, like these New Home Cookies, and gives great tips, like how to freeze decorated cookies.
·         Wilde in the Kitchen – Peanut Butter Cup Blondies?? Yes please!!
·         Zoe Bakes – Lemon-Lime Mousse with Fresh Strawberries – YUM!
·         Whisk Together – planning a big party of wedding? Check out this Cake Pop Stand and Dessert Buffet.
·         Boulder Locavore – this site comes up with some of the best liquor recipes around – like pineapple-infused rum!
For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking page.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Around the web – April 13th, 2012

Some of my favorite posts from this past week:

• Mind Over Batter – a new blog discovery this week, viewed because of German Chocolate Cake Donuts and bookmarked because of Banana Bread Snickerdoodles :)
• Boulder Locavore – as usual, not baking per se, but how to make your own pear-infused brandy.
• King Arthur Flour – a beautiful Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake and tips on how to maintain your sourdough starter.
• Wilde in the Kitchen – it’s Candy Month with Vicki! So far: pillow mints and peanut butter and jelly marshmallows (seriously now, Vicki??!!).

For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking page.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Around the web – April 6th, 2012

My weekly visit to sites I follow:

• Mr. Food – with Easter around the corner, this Pierogi Lasagna looks delish – and easy to make!
• Whisk Together – Seriously?? Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Devil’s Food Cheesecake??
• Bake at 350 – double-decker bunny cookies…cute and a two-for-one!
• King Arthur Flour’s Baking Banter – ever wanted to try sourdough bread? Here’s a great post on how to make your own starter.

For more inspiration from the Buffalo Baking Examiner, visit and follow my Pinterest Baking board.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cookbook Corner – Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

One thing I don’t need any more of but always seem to buy more of is cookbooks – any kind of cookbook! I have Giada’s books, the Recipe Hall of Fame books from QVC, the Cake Mix Doctor books and many, many more. Two of my favorite recent purchases are from Jeff Hertzberg MD and Zoe Francois: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day.

I have made the basic recipes for both bread and pizza crust out of these books and they are worth the price of the books alone. I know you’re not supposed to cut fresh warm bread right away, but it smells so good I can’t help it! Add a little butter…heavenly! Also, the information and tips given in the first few chapters of each book are very helpful – I’ve never actually “read” a cookbook before these two, but in the end the information helped me immensely.


I’m hoping to make a few other recipes from these books soon, but as I said, they’re both worth the price just for the basic recipes and tips early on in the books. I highly recommend these books to anyone looking to add bread and pizza crust to their repertoire.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Around the web – March 30th, 2012

My weekly look at sites I love:
• The Purple Spoon – peanut butter and chocolate make everything better…loving the looks of these "Peanut Butter Cups
• Spicie Foodie – love the photos on this blog, and love this post, “Sunday Snapshots: Cinnamon Sticks and a Golden Ribbon
• Boulder Locavore – this has nothing to do with baking, but check out “Will Peddle for Booze: A Bicycling Cocktail Party Through Boulder” for a cool bar on wheels
• Bake at 350 – more cute cookies from Bridget: "Mini Speckled Egg Cookies"

Friday, March 23, 2012

Around the web: March 23rd, 2012

My weekly look at sites I follow:

• Cosmo Cookie – these Mini Key Lime Pies from March 21st are just too cute!
• Boulder Locavore – I love the flavor of anything lemon, so this Lemon Chiffon Pie from March 20th looks good enough to eat!
• Whisk Together – more lemon love with this Lemon Braid from March 18th.
• Wilde in the Kitchen – more Buffa-love from Vicki and her new “Why Bother?”on March 22nd – Buffalo Wing Sauce…she also tortured me with Sponge Candy Cupcakes on March 15th (sooooo not fair!).
• Bake at 350 – I love looking at Bridget’s cookies, like these Double-Decker Rainbow Shamrock Cookies from March 16th.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bookmark this: Chex Website

Ever need something simple to make for a party or a tasty kitchen gift but you’re not sure what to make? This website is loaded with ideas for delicious Chex Mix variations – there’s a lot more out there than the traditional version these days! For something sweet at the holidays, check out my favorite: Snickerdoodle Chex Mix! Some others I’ve tried or want to try:

Apple Pie Snack Mix
Caramel Corn
Italian Chex Mix
Lemon Buddies
Muddy Buddies (these are awesome!!)

Check out www.chex.com for these recipes, and for a few more original recipes, visit makechexrecipes.com – and don’t forget to bookmark them!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Around the web: March 16th, 2012

Join me as I go around the web in search of cool new recipes, tips and more in the world of food!

• King Arthur Flour – I love searching this site’s archives and recipe listings – this “Blitz Bread: No-Fuss Focaccia” is on my baking list for the year!
• Wilde in the Kitchen – Vicki’s doing a “Why Bother?” Challenge in 2012, and the next one on the list is yogurt…I’m not a huge fan of the stuff, but her math makes a whole lot of sense for those who are!
• Boulder Locavore – another recently-discovered website I’m liking, and this week the instructions for lemon-infused vodka were posted…I know, not baking, but have a martini while waiting for things to bake! (There’s also instructions for apple-infused vodka on the sidebar).
• Spicie Foodie – continuing on with new blogs, this one has some great photos and great tips on taking them – I enjoyed this article, “Sunday Snapshots: Making Time for Snapshots” from February 26th.
• The Purple Spoon – another new blog to me, "Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins"…’nuff said.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Around the web: March 9th, 2012

Here’s my new list of favorite food posts from around the web this past week!

• Allrecipes.com has potatoes as the ingredient of the week – check out the article “Cooking Potatoes” for tips and recipes.

• Zoe Bakes posted this recipe for Icebox Cake on March 5th – looks delish!

• Tasty Kitchen, part of The Pioneer Woman’s blog, featured this recipe for Homemade Tortillas on March 2nd.

• Bake at 350 cooked up a tasty-looking concoction on March 8th with Pot ‘o Gold Popcorn.

• Staying with the popcorn trend, I found this recipe for Reese’s Popcorn, a guest post at Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker…I’ll be checking this blog out some more!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bookmark this: Wilde in the Kitchen

I love this blog for many reasons: great recipes, great photos and – most importantly – Vicki’s originally from Buffalo! I knew something was up when I saw a popular post on her sidebar with the headline “Buffalo Sponge Candy” :)

Here are a few of my other favorite posts from Wilde in the Kitchen:

• “A Culinary Journey Through Europe” – someday …maybe…
• “Why Bother? 2012 – Soft Pretzels” – I WILL make homemade soft pretzels this year! (also, some great reminiscing about the Buffalo Bills’ heyday)
• “Rosemary Foccacia” – looks divine!
• “English Muffins” – something else I’d like to try this year.


Looking for some great recipes for baked goods, candies and more? Bookmark this site – Wilde in the Kitchen!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Around the web: March 2nd, 2012

Welcome to a new feature on the Baking in Buffalo blog – Around the Web! Here’s where I’ll catalog my favorite food posts and recipes from the World Wide Web – if you see something you think I’ll like, let me know in the comments!

• The Pioneer Woman – on Tuesday, February 28th, Ree introduced us to the new
Joy the Baker Cookbook…does this look yummy!

• Baking Bites – also on Tuesday, Nicole shared with us
Homemade Oreos…these look easy!

• Bake at 350 – one of my favorite baking blogs (‘cause she makes cookies I wouldn’t dream of eating – they’re too pretty!), Bridget also tortured us last Thursday, February 23rd with
Birthday Cake Oreo-stuffed Brownies…Happy Birthday Oreos!

• Whisk Together – I found this blog in the last few weeks and I’m enjoying it a lot! I really liked this article from last Thursday as well,
Busted Cooking Myths and Why Milk Doesn’t Need Refrigeration.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kitchen essentials: Silicone or metal bakeware? My experience

Silicone bakeware has been available readily for a few years now, and its benefits often make it sound like a great alternative to “regular” metal bakeware. As I have read on various online forums and in articles, and through my own experience, silicone might just be a fad only good for certain things.

I have a good selection of silicone bakeware – baking sheets, loaf pans, baking pans and some utensils – and I have personally had mixed results with it. I have baked beautiful coffee cakes in the loaf pans and some individual-sized cake pans I own, and cookies on the baking sheets have turned out well (the sheets are also great for making bark candy at the holidays); I’ve also had basic white bread come out well. On the other hand, I’ve thrown out chocolate chip muffins and cheese bread in the past because no matter how long I left them in the oven, they didn’t bake.


Some posters I’ve seen in forums, like this question posted by About.com’s Housewares guide, despise silicone bakeware, where as others don’t understand how anyone can have a problem with it – I’m stuck somewhere in between with my experiences. So, as I see it, there’s no easy answer to the question of silicone versus metal bakeware – personally though, if I need to buy new bakeware anytime soon, it will likely be metal.

What is your experience with silicone bakeware? Let me know in the comments!

above image: Wikimedia Commons/EvaK