Posts Tagged ‘Baking’
Monday, December 23rd, 2013
For me, this fall has been all about cranberries.
And I’m completely shocked to say that even my seasonal favs like apple and pumpkin have taken the backseat to cranberry this fall. (How did that happen?!)
I think I’m finally giving cranberry the spotlight it deserves. (And shame on me for not doing it sooner! But I did share some pretty fabulous Cranberry-Flax Cookies and some lovely Dark Chocolate-Coated Cranberry Cake Bites.)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
I’m one of those people.
You know, the people who get an idea stuck in their head and can’t sit still until it’s not just an idea anymore. I need something tangible to come from it.
Like the time I woke up with the idea of snack cake stuck in my head. It didn’t take long before my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Snack Cake came into fruition.
Unlike that cake, these little hand-held treats took a bit more thought. All I knew was that “hand pie” was stuck in my head like glue and the idea wasn’t going anywhere until they were made. (more…)
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Have I ever told you about my mom’s apple pie?
She always makes it deep-dish style (like Chicago pizza). Sometimes she’ll make it with a double crust and sometimes she’ll make it with what she calls a “French crumble topping”, and her thick apple layer is perfectly spiced and sweetened. It is hands-down the best apple pie. In the world. (Tall claim, but I’m sticking to it…but I won’t argue if you tell me the same about your mom’s pie.) (more…)
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Some people take long walks.
Others play really gorgeous instruments, like the violin.
And there are those who soak in bubble baths, regularly get massages, or have weekly appointments with a therapist.
Me? I get in the kitchen. (more…)
Friday, September 20th, 2013
Are you a math person?
I’m a weird sort of non-math math person. I’m the type of person who can figure out completely convoluted math word problems quickly. But then, I’m sad to say, my basic math skills – like multiplication and division – are pretty lacking. Sigh. I have absolutely nothing to say for myself.
Mike is always confounded as to how my mind works. He’s the opposite of me, so I guess we complete each other, lol. (more…)
Thursday, May 9th, 2013
These muffins are a special treat. For starters, they combine the two favorite foods of just about every girl I know (and a few guys too!): coffee and chocolate. (more…)
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
If you’re a coffee drinker, I think you’ll swoon over one of these cakes with your coffee. (But yes, they are wonderful paired with a cup of tea as well!) These golden sunshine-colored beauties get their lovely rich yellow color from cornmeal and pistachio or olive oil. They have a soft crumb that’s subtly sweet, tender, and moist, and are faintly scented of sweet citrus and vanilla.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
A couple weeks ago I happened to briefly mention to my mom that I had never seen The Sound of Music. (How does this come up randomly in conversation?, you ask. Well, as it were, we were driving through the countryside with my niece and I happened to nonchalantly say Look, there’s a deer – a doe! And then my nine-year-old niece broke into that song that even I’m familiar with, although I’ve never seen the musical.) (more…)
Monday, January 21st, 2013
I know it’s been a couple years now since no-knead bread first took the food world by storm. I am no doubt behind the times for only now trying it, especially since it’s probably considered passé to some. Even so, there can be no denying that it’s a pretty fantastic discovery.
I think the reason I waited so long is I’m the sort of person who finds solace in mundane tasks. I like watching my mom vigorously mash potatoes by hand with the simple hand masher I remember her using since the time I was young, and then taking care to add the perfect combination of milk, butter, and salt, always eyeing it though, not a measuring cup or spoon in sight. Or watching my mother-in-law shape kibbeh or hollow out vegetables for mahashi for hours, working with nimble hands and a level of ease that only comes from years of practice. (more…)
Friday, December 28th, 2012
One of the simplest recipes in the world is also one of my favorites. It’s easy to make (if you’re a little patient – and I only mean about 20 minutes of patient, not all-day patient!), and only takes three ingredients.
And the three ingredients it requires are cheap, common items that I would be willing to guess are staples in your kitchen.
The recipe isn’t a secret, you probably make (or at least eat) it frequently… (more…)