- Did you double check your baking soda and powder? There are easy hot-water tests you can do to see if the powders are still "alive" and reactionary. No bubbles means your baking soda/powder is expired and should be replaced with new, unopened cans.
- Did you read the recipe closely? Measuring a heavy hand of baking soda or overmixing the dough can lead to the cake sinking. Baking is a science, and to achieve accurate results, follow the recipe exactly.
- Did you open and close the oven door? Opening the oven door while baking lets in cold air that makes the cake sink. If you don't have a window to watch your cake grow, set a timer, and keep your hands away from the door until the timer goes off.
- Sriracha oatmeal: the hottest new breakfast trend — HuffPost Taste
- Watch Alinea take over Eleven Madison Park, and vice versa — Grub Street New York
- 20 awesome Winter foodie destinations — Zagat
- This is why Guy Fieri wears backward sunglasses — Eater
- Ice cream that can get you drunk — Delish
- Miniature cocktails: the next big thing? — Wall Street Journal
- Why Michael Symon loves being on The Chew — The Braiser
- Alton Brown on the future of recipe writing — Serious Eats
A while back, we tried Heinz's balsamic ketchup and were not that impressed, but we wondered how the new, limited-edition Heinz Tomato Ketchup Blended With Real Jalapeño ($5) would fare. It's available for early purchase via Heinz's Facebook page until Dec. 7 and will be released in stores early next year. Should you dip your fries into this spicy condiment or stick to the original? Find out what our taste-testers thought.
If you love escaping chilly Fall weather with a hot cup of apple cider, then savor that flavor in a cupcake from pastrydiva.Apple cider starts the holiday; once you begin to see gallons of it in the food stores, you can't help but start thinking of the festivities.
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- Geek is hoping for Hobbit-related gadgets under the tree
- Lil's loving kid-friendly kitchen finds
- Buzz is excited for Les Misérables and the season finale of Gossip Girl
- Très is reading wedding books and an Olympian's memoir
- Fab is shopping for stunning statement pieces for the holidays
- Fit's feeling cold-weather workout gear
- Bella's wrapping up the year with makeup palettes and spa-inspired candles
- Casa is craving holiday decor and cocktail-party essentials
- Yum's serving up peppermint treats and a hot new cookbook
- Savvy's suggesting ways to plan your expenses for the new year
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We made over 100 beginner recipes this year, but we wanted to showcase our absolute favorites. Whether you're looking for your next go-to spaghetti dish or easy-as-pie dessert, if you're hungry for our best content, then take a look at the top beginner recipes we made in 2012.
Hot chocolate on the stove? Check. Boughs of holly on the staircase? Check. Gifts wrapped under the tree? Check. Looks like we're starting off December with everything checked off our list. Well, just about: there are a few essentials for this month we've forgotten to mention. Take a look at a handful of items we simply can't get enough of right now.
- Find out where McDonald's is rolling out bagel burgers — Zagat
- Andrew Zimmern: Yelp is "a forum for uninformed morons" — Eater
- What do you think of this edible desk lamp? — Delish
- Gordon Ramsay wants to open a Spotted Pig restaurant in LA with David Beckham — Grub Street New York
- Purists would scorn at James Bond's martini order — HuffPost Taste
- Must make: pumpkin custard cups — Circle of Moms
- One batch of gremolata, six dinners — Food52