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Cooking savory allows more creativity, many times a free hand can produce a surprising dish that becomes a firm favorite. Things are much different though when baking. It calls for discipline, exact measurements, precise heat, timing & tools. Often specific ingredients are required to stimulate other elements to produce the desired texture or density (rather than flavor focused) so it's vital they not be omitted or tampered with. Even what's combined & when can matter.

Even so, baking still more than scratches a creative itch! Decorating the final product (such as cupcakes) or trying flavor profiles that can't be beat (ginger peach crisp for example). Experimenting with portion sizes or finessed shaping provides limitless opportunities resulting in impressive creations to tantalize both the eyes and the taste buds.

Sometimes a tried-and-true recipe for bread fails and you have no idea why. Maybe you just realized there's not a particular ingredient in the pantry, or whoops! some butter or rock hard brown sugar needs to be softened asap for the mixture at hand. There's a lot here to help problem solve in a pinch, learn how to fix bloopers & inspire.

On this page you'll find the tips I've compiled from personal experience or what I've learned over the years from friends, family and other online sources. I've also added some treasures found in vintage cookbooks and magazines. If looking for pointers on making homemade breads, pies, cookies & other'll find some nifty and unique resources here. Enjoy!

100+ Recipes For Homemade Mixes & Seasonings

25 KitchenAid Stand Mixer Troubleshooting Helpers

Tart, Tangy or Sweet: {Flavored Sugar Instructions}

25 Slice ‘n Bake Refrigerator Cookies: {Recipes}

Amish Friendship Bread: How-To Guide Ideal For Beginners

Free Cupcake Wrappers: {Patterned Templates & Blanks}

12+ Gingerbread House Designs: {Great Ideas}

Oh My Sweetness! Candy Instructions & Chart

How To Make Cookie Cutters + More

Free Gifts In A Jar Ideas, Tags & Tips

100+ Homemade Fudge Recipes: {A Variety Of Flavors}

Creative Cake Cutting Ideas: {Neat Examples}

14 Nifty Ways To Shape Rolls

40+ Homemade Cake Tips & Tricks {Happy Homemaker Notes}

Sweet & Salty Chocolate Coated Pretzels

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Holiday Helper: Managing A Cookie Assembly Line

Kitchen Q&A: {Holiday Edition}

How To Test Baking Powder For Freshness

Is Soft Butter Possible Even If Hard or Frozen Solid? Yes!

10 Ways To Soften Hard Brown Sugar

Recipes For Egg Substitutes & Replacers

Fresh Fruit Pies: Kitchen Cheat Sheet

Nifty Advice Discovered In Retro Magazines & Cookbooks

Frostings You Can Make In A Flash

Pie Helpers & Tricks Shared By Our Grandmothers

Bread Making Pointers: {Troubleshooting Guide & More}

Homemade Breads: {Both Oven & Machine}

Step-By-Step: Lattice Tops & Decorative Pies

Helpful Tidbits: Whip Up Cookies Like A Pro!

Good To Know: Handy Ingredient Substitute Recipes

Easy & Sweet Garnish: Chocolate Leaves

Tips & Hints For Turning Out A Successful Holiday Fruitcake

Fun Treats For Young & Old: Chocolate Spoons

How To Make Homemade Artisan Vanilla Extract