18 May 2022: King Arthur’s Simple Scones

Because today, May 18, is Adrien’s birthday, I decided to bake one of his favorite breakfast treats: scones. I really like this recipe from King Arthur Baking because it is a simple base from which to experiment. This morning, I added cinnamon bits and substituted maple syrup for the flavoring, but really, whatever the recipe…

12 Apr 2022: David Lebovitz’s Lemon-Glazed Madeleine

One of the rewards of reading David Lebovitz’s Sweet Life in Paris was discovering some of his favorite recipes interspersed among entertaining story-telling of adapting to Paris and French culture. This recipe is one of my favorites – you can find David’s original blog post here – definitely a must-read. For this, my second-ever batch…

30 Mar 2022: David Lebovitz’ Dulce de Leche Brownies

Recently, I finished reading David Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris, which tells about his move to Paris and coming to terms with the cultural differences between his newly adopted home in Paris and San Francisco where he lived and worked. More than just a relocation, moving to Paris, or any other location really,…

22 Jan. 2022: Almond Cloud Cookies

Yesterday I discovered a roll of leftover almond paste in our freezer. “Leftover” from holiday baking and Italian Rainbow Cookies. Last December in my baking frenzy, I discovered I couldn’t purchase a pre-made roll of almond paste, I rolled my own. That was very satisfying, but I had quite a bit more paste than I…

19 December 2021: Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies

Until this year, I don’t recall ever attempting a swirl cookie. They’re not a simple cut-out or drop, so the intimidation factor was high. This recipe from Alton Brown, however, was too delicious sounding to prevent me from giving it a try, and frankly, it was a bit of a challenge to get the dough…

13 December 2021: Gingerbread Biscotti

My Italian ancestry (Sicilian really, no surprise there) dictates that every Christmas holiday I made at least one biscotti recipe. As I’ve written before, I’ve got the baking part down to a personal science, and I often ignore the baking directions on a particular biscotti recipe. For me, the best bake comes from a usual…

05 Dec 2021: Peanut Butter Blossoms

These peanut butter cookies have been a family cookie tradition for a lot of years and, honestly, they never get tired! Bakers can find a ton of “variations” on the original out there; in fact this recipe was recently published in the New York Times and adapted from the Gerraro Family. The version I first…

29 November 2021: Dairy- and Egg-Free Molasses Cookies

Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving, the Holiday Baking season has begun in earnest in our kitchen. As our granddaughter has an egg allergy, we are always on the hunt for egg-free recipes and this one from Kelly Rudnicki, author of The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, was a hit. In addition to the usual ball…

20 Oct 2021: Homemade Buttermilk Bread

Last week, I used buttermilk in a casserole, but then had a significant amount leftover. What do you do with almost an entire quart of buttermilk? I started by trolling the Internet for a few ideas and found this bread recipe on Butter with a Side of Bread. The breads I bake tend toward whole…

03 Sep 2021: Deaf Smith Peasant Bread

Many years ago, maybe 35 at this point, Adrien and I bought a ‘natural’ foods cookbook to accompany our newly-developed interest in eating more non-meat-based meals. The cookbook, probably out of print by now was The Deaf Smith Country Cookbook by Marjorie Winn Ford, Susan Hillyard, and Mary Faulk Koock. The book is in tatters…