Category Archives: baking

Chocolate – Peppermint Checkerboards

Here’s a project with some extra math, just because we know all kids love math. Obviously all recipes call for a little math: addition, proportions, fractions. But this one adds some geometry. This is a basic icebox sugar cookie, but … Continue reading

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Hope’s Busy Holiday Baking Season … so far

Big Sister has been flexing her whisking and stirring muscles. Take a peek here.

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Happy Birthday, Julia

Happy 100th. An inspiration for so many generations, and still counting. “The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” “The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded … Continue reading

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Accidentally Gluten Free

Saw a bottle of water on the shelf at Sunflower Market the other day … said “gluten-free” on the label. Seriously. No wheat in that water, you’re telling me? M’s dad is a wheat farmer, so gluten-free isn’t something I’m … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake: if you can use a can opener …

It’s easy. It feeds an army. Freezes well for week-long snacking. And you can mix up the directions and it still works. Thanks to the forgiving quality of pumpkin. Seriously, has anyone ever screwed up a pumpkin dessert? Well, there … Continue reading

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Double Chocolate Almond Biscotti

2 cups flour (or, 1 cup all-purpose and 1 cup white whole wheat) ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 6 Tbs (¾ stick) unsalted butter, room temp (or half butter, half shortening, for an … Continue reading

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Pi(e) Day

Tomorrow is March 14 … 3/14 … So naturally it’s Pi Day. And to take it down to six significant figures, the tradition has become to take a break at 1: 59 for a slice of pie. So natch I … Continue reading

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Holiday Cookie Collection

From around the web: Gastronomer’s Guide: Honey Gingerbread, a German-style lebkuchen, soft gingerbread. A Spicy Perspective’s Almond Sammich Cookies and Very Merry Shortbread One Ordinary Day’s Sour Cream Cut-out Cookies Big Red Kitchen’s Spice Cookies Annie’s Eats Eggnog Cupcakes Smitten … Continue reading

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Robert Redford Cupcakes

Over at the Greasy Skillet, Muddy is embracing his inner Paul Giamatti, and thinking about the burden of glamor that the more photogenic Bradley Pitt must bear. I hear where he’s coming from. I could watch a movie where Giamatti … Continue reading

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Potato Chowdah and Cheddar Biscuits

Falls here … so you know what that means … Potato Chowder with lots of Root Veggies and (of course) Baconfrom Bon Appétit, Oct 2003 2 bacon slices, chopped1 Tbs olive oil3 medium leeks, thinly sliced (white parts and up … Continue reading

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