Confessions of – My Best Baking Experience

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I have been a professional baker for over a decade. I love spending my days creating beautiful desserts, breads and pastries. Several times throughout my career, people have asked me what my best baking experience has been. Believe it or not, my best experience did not take place in a professional kitchen. Instead, it took place in the comfort of my home.
Five years after my wife and I got married, we had our first (more…)

Training for the New Year

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No matter how you got into Australian football, whether watching games on your www.directstartv.com channels or seeing some scrums in action, if you want to play you’re going to have to train before you get on the field. Here are some tips for ringing in the new year ready to play football:
Cardio, Cardio, Cardio: Many people think Australian ball is all about the toughness but if you can’t keep up with your teammates you’ll never have the opportunity to block. Run and row, if possible, to build strength and stamina.
Resistance Training: This doesn’t just mean weights. Invest in resistance bands and work with someone else who can provide a human force – that’s the best way to get accustomed to what it feels like when you’re struggling for the ball.
Yoga: Yes, yoga. The bets football players are extremely light on their feet as well as flexible and American yoga is a great way to accomplish these goals. You’ll feel calmer and balanced and when you hit the field you’ll be a force to be reckoned with. Just trust us on this one.

Confessions of – My Worst Baking Experience

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When my brother and I were younger, we were close. He was away at military academy and really missed the cakes and cookies my grandmother and I used to make at home for the holidays. Sometimes I would bake some cookies of even a cake and have it sent to him on the train. We had no courier services at that time and the (more…)

The Joys and Tribulations of Baking

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Baking is something that can be a rewarding process if practiced on a daily basis. While everyone will have tribulations that they must overcome, you can eventually reward yourself with the pristine quality of your baked goods.
Whenever someone puts food in the oven it sets a certain environment within the house. The smell of a baking applie pie or simmering pizza can bring a family together. Baking allows your guests to get a personal preview of what they are going to eat from the smell.
Make sure to have a collection of baking recipes. After trying (more…)

Baking and Dessert Recipes Mother Would Approve of

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Cooking is one of the most pleasant memories that people have of their mothers. Its truly amazing how a mother knows exactly how to put ingredients together to make a delicious dessert that her children will like. Many people grow up and learn how to cook like their mothers. Two of the dessert recipes that all mothers would approve of include banana pudding and red velvet cake.

Banana pudding is a favorite dessert because it (more…)

Secrets to Baking in a Convection Oven

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There are not many secrets to baking in a convection oven that do not apply to baking in a real oven. The user needs to know about the reduced cooking times. If he does not keep the reduced cooking times in mind, he will burn many of his baked goods. Convection ovens work by circulating air throughout the stove. Unlike the normal oven, a convection oven is designed to circulate the air to cook heat more evenly.

A convection oven does reduce cooking times, but the cooking times are not as reduced (more…)

Baking Soda or Baking Powder Which to Use

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It’s a question that has plagued many a baker: what exactly is the difference between baking soda and baking powder? If both can be used to make baked goods rise, does it matter which one you use? As anyone who has ever accidently used baking soda instead of baking powder (or vice versa) can tell you, it most certainly does matter.

Both baking soda and baking powder contain sodium bicarbonate. While baking soda is 100 sodium bicarbonate, baking (more…)