Let Them Eat Cake (or Muffins)

My photographer is a little mad at me. This morning I baked Scott a pumpkin cake for Father’s Day breakfast. When I asked her to photograph my beautiful creation the best she could utter is, “it’s brown.” She tried various settings and backdrops and was very disgruntled until I let her eat a piece. Apparently brown is STILL boring to …

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One-Half Whole-Wheat Bread

Several years ago I bought a wheat grinder. It’s tall, white, a little noisy, and something of a novelty if you didn’t grow up with two grandmothers who believed in the virtues of whole grains long before the food pyramid people told us we should. My grandmothers were way ahead a their time. Grandma Dickson owned a commercial Kitchen Aid …

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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie – NOT!

This past week the May/June edition of Cook’s Illustrated arrived in my mailbox. I was on my way to work and in a hurry when I checked the mail, but never, not matter what, in too much of a hurry to check the index. Imagine my surprise to see “The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie” listed there. When Cook’s Illustrated claims …

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First Day of Spring Lemon Cake

Every year my husband takes a group of undergraduate students to a rainforest in South America over spring break. And every year I sulk for the two weeks he is gone because I haven’t had the opportunity to accompany them – yet. This year I decided it was time to stop whining. I planned to spend the entire spring break …

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter Sauce

Sarah, my daughter/photographer has been complaining that all the recipes I have posted are brown. Apparently brown is very boring to photograph. A quick glance through the index shows she is right. In fact, with the exception of the raspberry poppy seed salad dressing, everything is brown, brown, and brown. Boring. I also noticed that lately the blog has been …

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Brownies, Probably The Final Version

Remember how I said I was on a mission to find the perfect brownie recipe? I nearly gave up. And come on, if that Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate box mix is nearly as good as any recipe I’ve ever tried, why bother? Here’s why – some of us bake brownies for the sole purpose of licking the bowl at the end. …

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Oatmeal Cake by LaRita Lunt & Others in Belgrade

I am afraid when I tell you this cake is called “Oatmeal Cake by LaRita Lunt & Others in Belgrade” AND that the version I inherited from my mother-in-law calls for oleo you might not make it. That would be unfortunate. This cake has never failed me – it’s moist and delicious and above all easy to make. You don’t …

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Gingersnaps

These gingersnaps should come with a warning: have plenty of cold milk on hand and only bake as many as you intend to eat. I can’t even tell you if these cookies are good the next day because they have never lasted that long. Gingersnapsadapted from epicurious 2 1/4 cups flour, divided1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon ground ginger1 teaspoon ground …

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

I was attempting my yearly freezer cleanup when I happened upon a bag of macadamia nuts I had purchased at Trader Joe’s this summer. I love macadamia nuts, and how I let these slip to the back of the freezer I’ll never know. Resting comfortably next to the nuts was a big block of ghirardelli white chocolate. I HATE cleaning …

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Stupid Easy Fantastically Good Crusty Peasant Bread

If you love crusty bread but don’t like paying $5 or $6 for a loaf at Panera I beg you to make this bread. It’s crusty, chewy, full of flavor, and magical. Did I mention how easy it is to make? Stupid easy. Basically you stir the ingredients together, let the dough rest on the counter all day, knead about …

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