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How to Make Herb-Based Recipes Even Better

Using herbs in recipes can instantly make a meal go from bland to delectable. However, many recipes don't call for enough herbs and those lovely fresh bunches you bought at the market or collected from your garden often end up going to waste. Sprinkling herbs onto a meal after it's been prepped and cooked can sometimes be a missed opportunity, and other times you just don’t know which flavors would work best. Here are some tips on how to use herbs in your cooking the right way. Get into Herb-Based Salads Sometimes the best thing you can do for your…
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Sharon Zambito’s Famous Crusting Buttercream

Sharon Zambito's Famous Crusting Buttercream Ingredients generous cups Sweetex shortening or other brand of hi-ration shortening or half butter/half shortening 5 pounds powdered sugar 4 tablespoons Wedding Bouquet flavoring (or substitute your flavoring of choice in the appropriate amount) () 11 - 12 tablespoons hot coffee creamer liquid   Directions Cream the shortening, flavorings, and hot liquid with the paddle attachment until well combined and creamy. Then stream in the first 3 pounds of powdered sugar with mixer running at speed one. When incorporated somewhat, stop and scrape down sides of bowl well. Stream in last 2 pounds of powdered…
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Pumpkin Patch Cookies

These adorable pumpkin patch cookies were contributed by Chef Jörg Amsler Chef Jörg Amsler Autumn, with its stunning colors as the trees get ready to accept our harsh winters, attracts people from all over to New England. We call them leaf peepers. Along with nature changing its season, we have a wide variety of great seasonal fruits and vegetables coming into their peak for harvesting. Fresh apple and pears, cider and fresh apple cinnamon donuts. There are every kind of squash and gory looking, colorful gourds. But my favorite thing to do is drive along farms with hundreds of giant…
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Chocolate Cookies with Raspberry Icing

ay goodbye to boring sugar cookies with this delicious recipe for chocolate cookies with raspberry flavored royal icing.   Find the complete recipe and step-by-step directions at   Find more recipes and tutorials for creative sweets made simple on the  blog. Receive decorating tips and inspiration by staying connected with on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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Funfetti Cake Cookies

These addictively delicious funfetti cake cookies just might be the easiest cookies you'll ever make! For step-by-step directions visit Funfetti Cake Cookies Ingredients 1 Box of Classic White Cake Mix 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2 Large Eggs 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1/4 Teaspoon LorAnn’s Butter Sweet Dough Bakery Emulsion 1-1/4 Cup Sprinkles Directions Mix the cake mix and baking powder in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and buttery sweet dough emulsion. (You can replace the buttery sweet dough flavoring with another 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract.) Add the…
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2012’s Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite’s Valentine’s Day Raspberry and Rose Crème Brûlée

2012’s Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite’s Valentine’s Day Raspberry and Rose Crème Brûlée I think Crème Brûlée has to be one of the most romantic things you could possibly bake. Breaking through that caramelised sugar crust, and plunging into the set custard is nothing short of lovely, and if you served this to your valentine, I can guarantee that they'll be around for more a year later. My rose and raspberry version is so delicious, that it would stop even cupid in his tracks Ingredients - Serves 2About 10 raspberries 250ml whole milk 50g caster sugar1/2tsp rose water…
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Milk gelatin recipe for encapsulated art

Recipe for gelatin milk: 1 cups of half and half (coffee creamer) 3 tbs. white sugar 1 tbs. Blossoms By Angelica™ gelatin powder 1/4 cup of cold water Directions: 1. hydrate the gelatin powder in the 1/4 cup of water and set aside for 5 minutes 2. heat the cup of half and half in the microwave for 2 minutes 3. mix in the sugar and mix until well dissolved 4 add the hydrated gelatin and mix to melt. 5. invert in different containers to mix colors, if you feel that the milk mixture is to transparent add 1 tsp…
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Clear gelatin recipe

Gelatin Art Tools - don't forget to purchase the basic gelatin art tools to help you get started! Recipe for Transparent gelatin: 3 cups hot water 1 cups cold water 3 tablespoons Blossoms By Angelica™ super clear gelatin powder 2 cups white sugar or (Truvia) to taste. 1 teaspoon citric acid 1 tsp. of Blossoms By Angelica™ clear flavoring Directions: 1. Hydrate "bloom" the gelatin with the cup of cold water and stir to incorporate the whole entire gelatin powder very gently. Let stand for 5 min. 2. While the 3 cups of hot water still boiling. 3. Mix the…
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Sweet Dreams Cream Cheese Icing

SWEET DREAMS BASIC CREAM CHEESE BUTTERCREAM Yield: approx. 10 cups FULL RECIPE FULL RECIPE 1 lb. softened, unsalted butter ½ cup heavy cream, very warm (can use whole milk if necessary) 1 lb. full fat cream cheese 1 tsp. sea salt 4 lbs. confectioner’s sugar 4 teaspoons lemon juice NOTE: YOU WILL BE SCALING THE INGREDIENTS FOR THIS RECIPE   Scale butter and cream cheese into bowl of 6 quart mixer fitted with ; Whip together starting on 1 and increasing speed to 5 until well ; Scrape down. Scale 2 lbs. Of sugar into a separate bowl and add…
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Macarons

This recipe has been slightly modified from the book of "Macarons" by Cecile Cannone. 2 3/4 cups almond flour 2 3/4 cups confectioners sugar 1 cup egg whites ( I used the liquid egg whites in carton, but I am sure fresh would have worked better) Egg whites- recommended to be at room temp. pinch of salt 2 tsp of meringue powder (if humid) 3/4 cup superfine sugar Food color of choice- optional Preheat oven: 300 F  Prepare cookie sheets: Double lined cookie sheets with a parchment paper on top. ; Sift and combine almond flour and confectioner sugar (remove any large…
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