Nov 7, 2010

July is Blueberry month and no better time to finish off the month off than with some quick facts and a delicious recipe.

Blueberry Facts:

  • Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.
  • The blue paint used to paint woodwork in Shaker houses was made from sage blossoms, indigo and blueberry skins, mixed in milk.
  • If all the blueberries grown in North America in one year were spread out in a single layer, they would cover a four-lane highway that stretched from New York to Chicago. (The Great Food Almanac)
  •  The blueberry is the second most popular berry in the U.S., the strawberry is number one. Over 200 million pounds of blueberries are grown commercially each year.
  • The blueberry is the official berry of Nova Scotia.
  • The blueberry muffin is the official muffin of...
Sep 22, 2010

by Nicholas Katers

Cupcake bakeries offer wedding planners, birthday hosts and other clients an alternative to inexpensive cakes from chain grocers. The neighborhood cake bakery is small enough to allow one-on-one consultations with clients but skilled enough to create unique cakes for every event. If you're an aspiring baker, you should not assume that your skills in making and decorating cakes will be enough to keep your cake shop afloat. These businesses require positive word of mouth based on stylish but tasty cakes in order to last beyond their initial funding.


1. Practice your cupcake skills. If you're not an expert baker, keep trying until you're able to get consistently delicious results. While you might be able to sell cupcakes made from cake mixes, you may be able to interest more customers in...