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    Cutting a Cheesecake Recipe into 1/4 - Bake Time

    I'm taking on the challenge to cut down a cheesecake recipe and make 1/4 of it. I'm hoping I can bake the mini size in a standard loaf pan. If the full size 9 inch cheesecake bakes for 60 to 65 minutes I'm trying to estimate the bake time for the loaf pan (1/4 size). Any thoughts or advice...
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    Bloomberg Oven Taking too Long to Preheat

    We just bought a new house and I'm trying to figure out the oven. It's made by Bloomberg and seems like a great appliance I'm not sure why it would take it 40 minutes to get to 350 degrees. I put an oven thermometer in it the first time I used it to be sure it was accurately heating. It took the...
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    Do You Have a Favorite Cocoa Powder?

    I've mostly baked with Hershey's brand Special Dark dry cocoa powder and sometimes I mix it with the Kroger brand. I'm quite happy with the results but I'm wondering if it's worth it to try some of the finer brands (Droste, Guittard, Valrhona, Scharffenberger, Ghiradelli). Any thoughts?
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    6" Round 2 Layer Cake - Can I just cut my regular 9"cake recipe in half?

    I have a favorite cake recipe for a standard 9" 2 layer cake. Since it's just the two of us home alone right now I thought it would be fun to make a much smaller cake. If I cut my recipe in half will it make the right amount of batter for two 6" pans? The recipe calls for 3 eggs. I have large...
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    Casserole Reheat Timing Quandary

    I have a breakfast casserole assembled and chilled in the refrigerator. It usually takes about an hour to reheat at 350. The casserole contains pre cooked potatoes, scrambled eggs, bacon and shredded cheese. I want the casserole to be ready at about 11am but I have to leave the house from...
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    Banana Nut Muffins - How to Maintain Crunchy Top

    I love Ina Garten's recipe for Banana Crunch Muffins because of the nice crunchy top (granola) but once the muffins have been put in a sealed container moisture always finds it's way into the top and it becomes soft and chewy like the rest of the muffin. I've read where adding some saltines to...
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    Meringue Cookies - Powdered Food Color

    I'm a home baker. I've been experimenting with various flavors of meringue cookies but now what to try making some in various colors. I ordered some powdered food colors which I can't wait to try. I'm having trouble finding recipes using powdered food color so I'm not sure how much to add. The...
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    Egg White Omelettes - Restaurant says can't make without cheese (?)

    I'm a lover of egg white veggie omelettes. I was dining at a restaurant and was told they could not prepare an egg white omelette without cheese. The server offered no explanation other than the kitchen had told the servers it must be prepared with cheese and that they could not enter the order...
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    Hopefully Not Too Off Topic - Looking for Good Loose Tea Website

    Hopefully this isn't too off topic --- I'm looking for a good online source for ordering loose tea. Anybody have a favorite? Thanks for any info.
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    Can I Leave Out the Red Food Coloring In My Red Velvet Cake?

    I have a favorite red velvet cake and frosting recipe. I'm curious if there's any purpose for the red food coloring other than the appearance. I'd like leave it but not sure if it plays a part in the baking process.
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    What Is The Proper Consistancy for Meringue Cookies?

    I've made peppermint chocolate chip cookies for years. Today I tried a new recipe for espresso meringues with chocolate chips. What really is the proper consistancy for meringue cookies? Mine are always popular but I have no idea if I'm making them with the correct consistancy. Should there be a...
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    Chocolate Cake Roll Request

    I like to bake from scratch and I don't eat alot of store bought sweets but I do enjoy an occasional Hostess Hoho :lips:. I've had good success making pumpkin rolls and lemon cake rolls. I'm now in search of a good recipe for a chocolate cake roll with a white filling and a thin outer chocolate...
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    Recipe for Chocolate Cake Roll - Like a Giant Hoho

    I like to bake from scratch and I don't eat alot of store bought sweets but I do enjoy an occasional Hostess Hoho :lips:. I've had good success making pumpkin rolls and lemon cake rolls. I'm now in search of a good recipe for a chocolate cake roll with a white filling and a thin outer chocolate...
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    Looking for - Oven Roasted Filet Mignon Recipe

    I'm looking for a good recipe for roasting a whole filet mignon (terderloin) in the oven. My mom used to buy a whole one and roast it in the oven every year for our Christmas dinner. I've done some research and most of the recipes I've found have you sear it first on all sides in a skillet then...
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    Hi from Columbus Ohio

    Hi - I hope to discover some great recipes and share cooking - baking tips. I'm not a chef but just do most of the cooking at home. I've tried to get my husband interested in it and this year he learned how to cook the salmon he caught in Lake Michigan this summer.
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