Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake Chocolate Chip Muffins


It's been a busy time at the homestead, with preparations for Christmas, ongoing volunteer work, kids' activities and much much more (including my full-time job), but I always love an excuse to bake. This time, it was for my eldest son's school holiday party, taking place today. My son requested something cinnamon-y, while my husband [...]

The Swedish Pancakes Of My Childhood [Recipe]


The best recipes often come with a story behind them. This week, looking for a nice basic red sauce, I came across the much-lauded recipe by Marcella Hazan that's incredibly simple -- so simple it's surprised countless food bloggers with its deliciousness and depth. Food bloggers being who they are, this prompted them to tell their [...]

Crusty, Delicious Artisan Bread At Home


I went to a get-together for neighborhood women this week and, within a few minutes of my walking in the door, someone shoved a piece of paper into my hand, insisting I use the email address she'd written there to send her the recipe for the pot-luck item I'd brought: No-Knead Bread. I'd thought I [...]

Recipe: Making Daily Whole Wheat Bread


You'll notice this post is titled "Making Daily Bread" and not "Making Bread Daily." I'm a do-it-yourselfer, but I'm not a martyr. Some pioneers in the organic/local/sustainable food movement note that while, in some ways, people are going back to doing things they way their grandparents did -- fresh, real food that's made and sometimes [...]

Making Meyer Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

I'm sure I've raved before about the incredible Meyer lemon tree that came with our house in California. It was legendary -- we couldn't keep up with its prolific production if we tried (see above). When people came over, they were given leave to pick at will, and take home as much as they could [...]

Commander’s Palace Beignets Recipe


The first (and only) time I visited Commander's Palace, in New Orleans' Garden District, it was for Sunday Jazz Brunch on the occasion of a friend's 40th birthday. I'd flown down from New York for a whirlwind weekend of celebration, having packed my "sophisticated" New York clothes. As soon as I walked into the dining room, [...]

Making Haggis From Scratch


If you've even heard of the Scottish delicacy called Haggis, you are probably grossed out by the description. I think people enjoy describing it in the most off-putting words possible, just to scare others, and maybe make themselves seem cool and adventurous for trying it. To be honest, it's no more exotic than any other [...]

Recipe: Kid-Friendly Pressure Cooker Picadillo


A few years ago, my cousin turned me on to the pleasures of pressure cooking. If you're going to make soups, stocks, stews, legumes, or even risotto, it's a huge time-saver. It makes it possible to make things on weeknights that you'd usually hold for the weekend because of too-long cooking times. This also means [...]

No Waste: Cooking With Sweet Potato Greens


Remember way back at the beginning of this gardening season, before daily 100-degree heat advisories set in? I had finally filled up my raised beds with soil and, lacking any other planting opportunities, I plunked some sprouting store-bought sweet potatoes in the ground in my enthusiasm. Yeah, they didn't look very promising. They got even [...]

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza


  Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza Main Dishes, Special Occasions Difficulty: Easy Ingredients Dough 3¼ cups (16 1/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour ½ cup (2 3/4 ounces) yellow cornmeal 1½ tsp table salt 2 tsp sugar 2¼ tsp instant or rapid-rise yeast 1¼ cups water (10 ounces), room temperature 3 tbsp unsalted butter , melted, plus 4 [...]

Tomatoes! (Canning Tomato Sauce & Tomato Jam)


There is no feeling like that of being overwhelmed with freshly-picked garden-fresh produce. It's something you want to revel in -- that sensation of abundance, the freshness, the deliciousness -- but, before long, what sets in is panic. What in the world am I going to do with all this squash, all these cucumbers, 20 [...]

Food Preservation: Yellow Squash Edition


When thinking about canning, I have to resist my first impulse to think of it as a grandmotherly-type activity. Even seeing things in Mason jars makes me think "old lady." Yet, canning, like knitting and making your own cheese, is what all the hip young people are doing these days. Right? Seriously, though, with the [...]

Weeknight Homemade Pizza


  Pizza is one of those things that people grow accustomed to eating out or getting delivered. Pizza places are just so ubiquitous and it's unbelievably easy (by design, of course) to call Dominos or Papa Johns, so even folks who regularly cook at home don't bother trying to concoct their own. However, doing it [...]

Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes


Of all of the things I make at home, I probably get the most practice concocting pancakes. As our 3-year-old has become a pickier eater, pancakes (not surprisingly) are one thing of which he has never tired. "What do you want for breakfast?" we ask, and the answer, invariably, is "pancakes!" So I've had plenty [...]