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Browsing Archive: February, 2010

Who Put Tartar Sauce in My Cake?!?!

Posted by on Tuesday, February 16, 2010,


You may have noticed that more than a few of my baking recipes, especially for scones and quick breads, both here and in my cookbook (if you've bought it...hint, hint) call for something called cream of tartar.

Many of you may know what cream of tartar is but I think just as many don't, judging from the questions I keep getting about it, including, "what is it?", "why is it called cream when it's a powder?", "will it cause tooth decay?" and "why are you putting tartar sauce in a cake ?!?"

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Ceramic Beans

Posted by on Wednesday, February 10, 2010,


Ceramic beans - tell me quick...what comes to mind?

I first heard of these in my teens, by default, an already confused and confusing time. My immediate reaction was "What kind of crackpot would want ceramic beans when real ones are gotten easily enough? I wondered if there really were people in this world who relished cracking their tooth enamel on cold, hard, unyielding beans, or if they were the brainchild of profit seeking dentists in league with the devil himself.

Turns out, they were...


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