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For months I kept asking my hubby what he wanted to do for his 40th birthday. Go out to a fancy dinner, rent out a private room for a party, or take a trip? No, no, and no. Finally, the decision:

“I want to have everyone over for dinner and barbecue ribeye steaks and lobster tails.”

When I heard this I remember thinking, “wow, I would never choose to cook for myself and 40 friends on my own birthday. He must really love cooking.”

Hubby has always enjoyed being in the kitchen or standing over a smoking grill. We subscribed to several cooking magazines, but it wasn’t until we began getting Cook’s Illustrated that something changed. If you’ve never seen Cook’s Illustrated before, it is a thin publication that features no actual photographs of food, only artists’ drawings. Sounds rather dull until you read it. Every recipe is tested, and tested, and tested, until they have the perfect crepe, stir-fry, or pineapple upside-down cake. They also have a member’s website which has an extensive array of recipes, technique videos, and equipment reviews.

Hubby's lobster tails grilling. Photo by Ananda Dalidd

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This is going to sound completely obvious, but the reason we use Cook’s Illustrated recipes day in and day out is because they always turn out great. Not good, but great.
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My daughter turned 3 this week. In celebration of her birthday, I spent Monday morning at her preschool making Danish-style pancakes (they are similar to French crepes) for her class. One of her classmates is gluten intolerant and his mother asked if I would mind using a gluten-free flour. I usually use whole wheat flour and since I’d never worked with this alternative, I was a little nervous. But she claimed this particular flour could be replaced almost one-for-one with regular flour and would taste great, so I decided to go for it.
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Birthday Cake Discovery

Snapshot of the list

After enjoying a large slice of ice cream birthday cake, I returned to the kitchen to place the cake back in the freezer. As I placed the lid on the box, I happened to glance at the ingredient list. It was one of the longest ingredient lists I’ve seen in awhile with over 75 ingredients! Hmmm…might need to rethink packaged ice cream birthday cake. High fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and 1gram of trans fat per serving. Time to make my own ice cream cake! Anyone have a good recipe to share?