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bake up

To bake something. I decided to bake up a fresh batch of brownies for my daughter's birthday party this afternoon.
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bake up a storm

To bake a large amount of something with great vigor and/or enthusiasm. Sometimes, when I'm really stressed out, I go into the kitchen and bake up a storm to focus my attention on something positive.
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from scratch

Entirely without the aid of something that is already prepared or in existence. Refers to making something, usually food, from the raw or base ingredients or components, rather than those that have been preassembled or already partially completed. She doesn't have time to make cupcakes from scratch, so I'm sure they're from a box. My template got deleted so now I have to craft the whole report from scratch. If you want some real from scratch cooking, try Jesse's Café—it's as close to homemade as it gets.
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*from scratch

Fig. [making something] by starting from the beginning with the basic ingredients. (*Typically: bake something ~; do something ~; make something ~; Start (something) ~.) We made the cake from scratch, using no prepared ingredients. I didn't have a ladder, so I made one from scratch.
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from scratch

From the very beginning, from the outset; from nothing. For example, I knew we'd have a problem from scratch. Similarly, to start from scratch means "to start from the very beginning," as in After the business failed, they decided to reorganize and start from scratch. This term comes from racing, where a competitor starts from the line scratched into the ground (whereas others may start ahead with a handicap). [Mid-1800s] Also see from the ground up; from the word go.
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from scratch

COMMON If you do something or start something from scratch, you create something completely new, rather than adding to something that already exists. She set up the whole project from scratch. He would rather start again from scratch with new rules, new members, and a new electoral system. The Mlawa factory was one of the first in Poland to be built from scratch by a western investor. Note: In the past, the starting line for races was often a line scratched in the earth.
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from scratch

from the very beginning, especially without utilizing or relying on any previous work for assistance.
In certain sports, the scratch was originally the line or mark drawn to indicate the point from which competitors had to start a race unless they had been awarded an advantage and were able to start ahead of this line. So, a competitor starting from scratch would start from a position without any advantage. The expression up to scratch (see below) also comes from this sense of the noun scratch : a competitor who was up to scratch was of a good enough standard to start a race.
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bake the tube steak

tv. to copulate. Bobby was set to bake the tube steak last night, but he failed to preheat the oven.
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from scratch

From the very beginning.
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Cooking is more about every day, with baking you feel like you're creating something special.
Recipe from Elizabeth Falkner from ``The Essence of Chocolate, Recipes for Baking and Cooking With Fine Chocolate,'' by John Scharffenberger and Robert Steinberg.
Though my experience at school made me fall in love with baking and pastry even more, the experience also had me looking at a couple of instructors that eventually were my inspiration for coming back to the school to teach.
Yet while the pan's shape is a very important element in achieving successful baking results, it can be more than functional--it can be fun as well.
So the basic baking soda remained in the mixture, unreacted, says Turner.
For best heat circulation, don't crowd cookies on the baking sheets or the pans in the oven.
Baker's Secret(R) consumers use this line of metal bakeware because it provides even baking results, easy release of baked goods and effortless cleanup.
Spread peanuts on a large baking sheet and lightly toast in a preheated 325-degree oven about 10 minutes, shaking pan occasionally.
If baked in a greased pan, let stand about 5 minutes in pan, then remove from pan to wire rack; if baked in paper baking cups, immediately remove from pan to wire rack.
The 42nd Pillsbury Bake-Off(R) Contest is sponsored by General Mills, General Electric, American Dairy Association, SPLENDA(R) Sugar Blend for Baking, The Hershey Company, Baker's Secret(R) Bakeware and The J.
Just in time for holiday bakers or those on your gift list who have a passion for baking are two new cookbooks on the theme.
Consumers will have their cake and eat it too, when Warner Home Video (WHV) and the talented lifestyle experts at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) release "Martha's Baking Favorites" on December 20, 2005.
It's a treasure trove that delves into our heritage, baking roots and sweet culture.
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For more fun stuff, have gummy worm candies crawl out of the mouth of a pumpkin cake or on top of brownies or make a graveyard cake by baking in a rectangular pan, then frosting and decorating with miniature Hershey bars, decorated with frosting gels, if desired.