Soak Lime Rinds in Sugar First for More Flavorful Limeade

I’m a sucker for kids’ lemonade stands by the side of the road, which I’m physically incapable of passing up. As a result, I spend most of my summer politely choking down some of the worst lemonade on the planet in support of my littlest neighbors (it’s their childlike entrepreneurship that I find so refreshing).

Source: How to Make the Most Flavorful Limeade, Summer’s Best Drink

I usually zest my citrus onto a plate and sprinkle a little bit of it into a cup of Sodastream/etc sparkling water. I find that a pinch of zest has more flavor (less tart too) than the actual juice.

Give Your Pancakes a Flavor Boost With Infused Maple Syrup

Pancakes, waffles, and French toast are all great, but these breakfast basics are really just a vessel for us to eat more maple syrup, right? While unflavored maple syrup is a delight in its own right, every now and then it can be a real treat to dress it up.

Flavoring maple syrup is a fun way to make breakfast an adventure. Here are five delicious ways to do it.

Source: 5 Maple Syrup Twists to Take Your Pancakes on a Breakfast Adventure

I did something similar recently. I made some blackberry sauce by simmering frozen blackberries with a little water and mushing them through a strainer to get out the seeds. Then I heated the sauce with a shot of my homemade vanilla rum and some maple syrup.

It made a wonderful, fruity, purple maple syrup.

Kitchen Science: What’s the Difference Between Brown and White Sugar?

We know that, scientifically speaking, brown sugar makes better song lyrics than white sugar, but what is the actual chemical difference between the two? Learn why brown sugar clumps up, how you can unclump it, and what it’s good for.

Source: Kitchen Science: What’s the Difference Between Brown and White Sugar?

It’s interesting how important an ingredient can be to a recipe.  Cooking is an art, but baking is science (for hungry people™).

Don’t be fooled – organic white sugar is still just as “processed” as white sugar.  “Organic” only means how it is farmed, not processed.

Maple Syrup: Good for You?

In addition to its natural caramel-y sweetness, there’s one more reason to pour on the maple syrup: it’s actually good for you. Yes, pure maple syrup is not only high in antioxidants, but every spoonful offers nutrients like riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium. According to Helen Thomas of the New York State Maple Association, maple syrup has a higher concentration of minerals and antioxidants, yet fewer calories than honey.

Source: Pour it On! Maple Syrup is Good For You

Sadly, the article is short and shorter on details about why maple syrup is good for you.  It’s basically a fluff piece for the maple syrup industry…

But it reminded me of Untapped, a competitor gel product based on maple syrup.

Pancakes: Mathematically Precise

For the math major in all of us…

Source: Spirocakes with my dad – youtube, 2:01 minutes

If you served those to me without warning I’d enjoy how pretty it was for about a second before asking where the rest of my pancake is.  Pancake syrup and bacon goes together great, but yogurt on pancakes was surprisingly good (and healthier!) too.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.  I’d butter go now…

Cook Almost Anything with Your Bread Machine

You have a robotic cooking machine, and you may not even know it. Dust off your bread machine, or go buy a bread maker from the second hand shop for a few dollars. They can be used for a lot more than just bread. Main courses, desserts, appetizers and drinks can all be made with this versatile, under-utilized machine.

Source: Cook EVERYTHING with your bread machine

You can use a bread machine for so much more than the obvious stuff: bread or pizza dough. Pretty much anything you need to stir and heat is fair game. My favorite idea is using it for soup (just toss in the ingredients and go), but hit up the site for suggestions on casseroles, sauces, breakfast, and snacks.