Dede Wilson

co-founder of


Welcome to the cooking and baking Tips & Tricks section of the site. While I hate to use the word “trick” because it can denote something sneaky, there are certain techniques that remain in the realm of the professional pastry chef that elude the home baker.

I am here to bring you this information so that you can achieve the best results possible and enjoy your time in the kitchen even more. Think of these as my personal helpful hints and techniques that I use every day in my kitchen, brought straight to you. If there is something you would like explained, or think should be added to this area of the site, please write to me and let me know. Eventually there will be accompanying videos, so please check back.

 – Accurate Measuring

 – Top 10 Must-Have Baking Tools

 – What Went Wrong?

 – My Favorite Shortcuts

 – How to Choose Chocolate for Baking

 – Storing Baked Goods

 – Cake Decorating Essentials: 3 Tools = Flawless Technique

 – Using Your Microwave

 – How to Temper Chocolate

 – How to Read a Chocolate Label

 – Cutting Cakes and Bar Cookies

 – Measuring and Chopping Nuts