Baking soda and baking powder are used for cooking. Both products produce carbon dioxide and cause the food to rise. They are both almost the same and baking powder contains baking soda.
Sprinkle the Stained Area with baking Soda – With the soiled area already damp from the previous step, get a handful of baking soda and sprinkle it onto the stain. Make sure that you sprinkle enough to create a layer of baking soda on the stain. Let the baking soda set and leave it overnight.
Combining flours is much more interesting than just using one kind. Here are my current favorite combinations: rice and buckwheat, almond and buckwheat, oat and buckwheat, almond and oat. The combinations are endless and make for much more interesting flavors than just a single type of flour.
Silicone bakeware is also available for serious bakers and cooks. The Silpat baking mat is a good way for a cook or baker to get started with a silicone cooking surface without purchasing a full set of pans. You can actually use the baking pans that you have while still getting all the benefits of silicone.
When baking cakes and cookies, be sure to sift the dry ingredients before use, even if the flour says pre-sifted. This is important because the flour will compact and settle during shipping and storage.
Most recipes will use all-purpose flour unless otherwise noted. You can also use this flour for rolling out pie crust or cookie dough and to prep a cake pan. There are three kinds of sugar you may want to stock in your pantry. Granulated will be used most often and brown sugar will come in a close second. Powdered sugar is mostly used for icings and dusting on cakes, so you can wait on purchasing this until you need it. Always keep both baking soda and baking powder on hand because you will use them both a lot. If you have a chocolate brownie recipe or a chocolate cake recipe that you might use frequently, consider purchasing a container of unsweetened cocoa to keep on hand.
I highly recommend Baking for Today to all baking enthusiasts out there. If you are a beginner then this cookbook is a must for you. Seasoned bakers will also get some good things out of this book.