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Art of the Cupcakes

Everyone has seen or had a cupcake at one time or another, in their lives.  When people think of cupcakes, I like to imagine they see little perfect cakes with fun designs on top.  A lot of icing because no cupcakes is perfect without a mound of icing on top! There are many different types of cupcakes, all different kinds of flavors, but do we really know the science behind making them?  Let’s dive in and see just what makes these delightful treats so extraordinary.



The cupcake, by the earliest description was in 1796, in “American Cookery”, by Amelia Simmons.  The actual word “cupcake” didn’t truly come about until 1828, named by Eliza Leslie.  She published a cookbook called “Receipts” and brought the name to life.  During the time when she wrote this book, measuring cups hadn’t been invented yet, so any type of measurement was written as “1 teacup”, which is now equivalent to 1 cup in our time.  Thus, the name cupcake was born, so to speak.


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It's an indoor grilling party.

Indoor Grilling on electric grill

Indoor grill parties and gatherings are just as popular when the weather doesn’t allow your party to be outdoors. It’s also become a common practice for people living in condos or apartments. While many who love grilled food aren’t always a fan of indoor grill parties, here are some tips on getting that outdoor grill flavor right in your own kitchen.




If you’ve been to an outdoor grill party, you’ll know that the taste of BBQ food has that unmistakable smoky flavor. But the big problem is that you can’t grill indoors using conventional wood, charcoal, or gas-powered grills. The smoke and fumes are never a good idea because this is a fire hazard and also because you don’t want to breathe the carbon monoxide that comes from an outdoor grill anywhere in your home.
But with an electric grill, you can grill indoors in nearly any room that’s convenient. As long as you have some decent ventilation like an oven hood fan or an open window, there’s no danger of dangerous fumes aside from the smell of grilled food filling the room. Many people can place an electric grill right on their tabletop or kitchen counter to make grilled indoor party dishes right away.


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