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You bought that high-RPM, high-horsepower blender for more than smoothies. You just didn't know it. We're about to revolutionize the way you make brownies, chocolate pudding, quick breads, pancakes, waffles, even layer cakes--most of the time without dirtying another bowl and sometimes (when it comes to custards and such) without ever turning on the oven or the stove. Click on the pic to join our revolution!




Bruce's first knitting class! It's all about a combination technique for purling in Continental knitting that will get you knitting faster than you can believe. Here's a coupon to take the class at less than $15. You can't beat that!  

We're so proud of our pressure-cooker class, one of the most popular classes on craftsy. To get a 50% discount on the cost of the class, click here. Bruce works with a stovetop cooker; Mark, with an electric one. Along the way, they make incredible meals: glorious chicken soup, a crazy-cheesy casserole (in 5 minutes!), an Italian-inspired stew, and even (yes) cheesecake.

To get a discount on Bruce's Craftsy cooking class, click here. And you'll learn how to be a better cook in 7 simple lessons. He covers the differences between low temperature and high temperature roasting, stove top and oven braising, as well as pan frying, sauteeing and making amazing pan sauces. The recipes along the way include a Southwestern Braised Brisket and Skillet Rib Eye Steaks with a buttery chipotle tomato sauce.


Our newest baby! We started this career with an ice cream book back in 1999. On the twenty-sixth title, we've come full circle. Here's a book of pairings: frozen treats and glorious desserts. It's out this June but it's already been picked up by QVC! Get your copy before the rush when it hits the shopping network on 5/18.

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Our newest. 500 recipes. Every one, for calibrated for both stovetop and electric machines. Multiple sell-outs on QVC. Lots of recipes, lots of fun.

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Vegetarian Dinner Parties WINNER OF THE 2015 IACP PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD!

Join us as we explore the culinary possibilities of vegetables without any health or ethical claims. (Although if you're a vegetarian, we've got your back! Over half the recipes are vegan, to boot.) Go ahead. You want to throw a dinner party. And you want to see these recipes. They're some of the best we've ever crafted.

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Booze Up Your Blender!

Try out our collection of frozen cocktails to take the heat out of any day--or to warm up the winter hearth! (Yep, there's a chapter of wintry drinks from your blender.) Get your copy at


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We want to cook for you! And it can happen. Please join us at one of these fun events.

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We're leading a hands-on paella class and a hands-on pressure cooker class at the Hillsdale General Store in Hillsdale, New York, in November and December. Check back for more information soon! 



Do you know why you're not using your slow cooker enough? Because up to two-thirds of the recipes in any given book aren't written for your model size! But we took care of that. With over 500 recipes, we've written a book that sizes out every one for almost every size of machine. And it's not just math. We've done the testing and worked out the ratios. You gotta see it to believe it.


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We move whole grains to the center of the plate! Experience whole grains, not as nutritional wonders, but as culinary superstars. Click on one of the links below to buy the book:



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    Devil's Food Sheet Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting

    If you listened to our podcast, you know the Texan among us loves his sheet cakes. They serve crowds; they're made in 11 x 17-inch rimmed baking sheets. They also offer the perfect frosting-to-cake ratio.

    Listened yet? No? The podcast is here in iTunes. Or you can listen to it in your browser here. Or you can follow the link at the bottom of this page to the podcast on our platform.

    This cake's pretty easy: a cocoa-laced batter that's baked it in no time (sheets cakes are thin!) and paired with a rich frosting, a butter frosting. (We'll never call it a buttercream again. Promise!)

    This recipe comes from our 900-recipe tome, THE ULTIMATE COOK BOOK, which you can see more about by clicking that link right back there embedded in the title of the book. And if you want one of those fancy off-set spatulas Bruce went on and on (and on and on) about during the podcast, check out this link.

    Okay, let's get baking!

    Devil's Food Sheet Cake

    • 2/3 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour plus additional for dusting the pan
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 3/4 cups sugar
    • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cool unsalted butter, cut into chunks, plus additional for greasing the pan
    • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 1/2 cup regular or low-fat sour cream (do not use fat-free)
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    1. Place the cocoa powder in a small bowl, whisk in the boiling water until smooth, and cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

    2. Position the rack in the center of the oven; heat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter an 11 x 17-inch baking pan; dust it with flour, making sure it’s evenly coated before shaking out the excess.

    3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

    4. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth, creamy, and velvety, about 5 minutes.

    5. Beat in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition and making sure each has been thoroughly incorporated before adding the next. Beat in the sour cream, vanilla, and cocoa mixture until smooth.

    6. Turn off, scrape down, and remove the beaters. Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until moistened, no dry pockets or patches visible throughout the batter. Pour and scrape the thick batter into the prepared pan, spreading it gently out to all the corners and edges. Rap the pan against the counter a couple of times to knock out any air pockets and even out the batter.

    7. Bake until a toothpick or cake tested inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Set on a wire rack until room temperature, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, before frosting (see below). (To store the cake, do not frost it. Once cooled to room temperature, seal it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 3 days; allow it to set out at room temperature for 20 minutes before frosting.)

    Chocolate Butter Frosting

    • 18 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 6 ounces chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips, melted and cooled
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 to 4 cups confectioners’ sugar

    1. Beat the butter, melted chocolate, cream, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until soft and creamy, about 2 minutes.

    2. Add 1/2 confectioners’ sugar and beat at low speed, adding less and less confectioners' sugar with each addition, until the mixture is a soft, spreadable, and smooth frosting. Spread evenly over the top of the cake with an off-set or rubber spatula.

    Devil's Food Sheet Cake

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