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Learning is Different for Everyone by Maria Nerius

Fearless & Curious In The Kitchen Learning is Different for Everyone by Maria Nerius The desire to learn is part of being creative, yet, we don’t all learn the same way. For some it’s best to have a teacher to guide, to show hands on, watch our attempts, correct if needed, and then congratulate us on success. For others visual aids are a must while some prefer to read and use ; Then there is me who needs a little of this and a little of that before the light bulb lights and I understand. One of the best teachers…
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Airbrush Glossary of Terms by Mike Terry, CMSA

Airbrush Glossary of Terms by Mike Terry, CMSA INTERNAL MIX indicates that air and airbrush color mix inside the airbrush, producing a thoroughly atomized "fine dot" spray pattern. EXTERNAL MIX indicates that air and airbrush color mix outside the airbrush producing a larger, coarser spray pattern than internal mix airbrushes. DUAL ACTION refers to airbrushes on which the trigger controls both air and color (down for air, back for color). This style air-brush allows for varying line widths while spraying. SINGLE ACTION refers to airbrushes on which the trigger controls only the air brush color flow. The more you pull…
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Airbrush Q&A with Chef Mike E. Terry, CMSA

Airbrush Q&A with Chef Mike E. Terry, CMSA Interested in airbrushing but don’t know where to start? Respected industry professional Chef Mike E. Terry provides his advice and success-proven insight on choosing an airbrush and more in this quick Q&A designed to get you off on the right foot. Q:  How do I pick the right Airbrush System? A:  Picking an airbrush is like buying a car; they all should do the job – they just have different features that fit your needs and wants better. With airbrushes, you need to look for features important for working with cakes and…
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Artist Spotlight

Cake Mix vs The Scratch Cake by Lauren Kitchens

By Lauren Kitchens (If you bake your cakes from scratch, this article is not for you.) Shortly after graduating college, in an effort to take my cake obsession to the next level, I got a job at a cake supply store. I ran the cash register, restocked cookie cutters, and listened to the mesmerizing conversations of the women who shopped and attended classes at the store. The one topic that always came up was the controversy over cake mix versus a cake made from scratch. The tone was always secretive, in an “I’ll show you mine if you show me…
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Sugar Flower Arranging Tips from James Rosselle

Sugar Flower Arranging By James Rosselle Have you admired the sugar flower arranging work of cake designers and also wondered how they do floral work? Well, there is an art to arranging flowers on a cake. Sugar flower arranging may not be simple. It can be intimidating, in fact terrifying! As we all know, sugar flowers are a labor of love. They are made petal by petal and are very fragile items. The sound of shattering sugar flowers breaks my heart. Don’t let that thought scare you. My advice, show those flowers who is boss. Here are some guidelines I…
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Top 5 Business Start-Up Mistakes

by Pastry Chef Jörg Amsler I have always been a proponent of following one’s dreams and pursuing what we are most passionate about. On average, we sleep eight hours, work eight hours and have eight hours to ourselves. Do yourself a favor and give yourself the gift of happiness. If your work day is a total drag, filled with unhappiness, stress and people you dislike, it will surely cross over into your private life. READ MORE .... Jörg Amsler is a renowned pastry chef and former owner of Truly Jörg’s Patisserie who has made numerous appearances on Food Network Challenge.…
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Great Ideas with Flex Forms

About 8 months ago we launched our new silicone Simi Flex Forms©, and we couldn’t be happier with all the exciting ways that many amazing sugar artists have used them and found new ideas to create with them!  We had a blast with them; we knew there would be others who would too! We originally created the molds to be used as free form frames to fill with isomalt and chocolate to create unique toppers and centerpieces, but we quickly found out that other products that work with them!!  We found that you can use Icing Images paper underneath the…
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Cookie Decorating – How Ingredients Behave In A Cookie Recipe

Cookie Decorating Cookie chemistry! Learn what ingredients do in a cookie recipe and how to change them for different cookie results. Did you know that cookie recipes with more eggs will rise more and spread less? Or that the rule of thumb for cookie baking is to always keep the amount of fat and sugar used relatively equal? In my research (cookie decorating) to find the perfect sugar cookie recipe, I learned alot about what the ingredients in a cookie recipe do and how to tinker with them to change the outcome of the recipe. To learn about the five…
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