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…

10 Aug 2021: Maple Oatmeal Cookies

One flavor combination that I love, love, love is maple and oatmeal. No, we do not indulge in maple-flavored corn syrup – never have and never will. This is for lovers of the real deal in maple – and for this cookie, I used some dark maple syrup that Adrien had used in a batch…

23 July 2021: Easy Zucchini Bread

Sonja and Alex Overhiser are the couple behind the award winning website (and books! don’t forget books!) A Couple Cooks. I’ve often found their creations to be not only delicious, but healthy. And the website’s photos are stunning! When our daughter-in-law, Beth – who most decidedly does have a green thumb – shared a zucchini…

11 July 2021: Lemon-Almond Biscotti

For a family cookout, I was asked to bring dessert, which if I’m being honest, is my favorite food course. Not wanting to have to bring plates, bowls or utensils, I decided a plateful of cookies sounded just about right. And along with a chocolate-based cookie and a nut-based one, I felt like a more…

06 July 2021: Joanne Chang’s Homemade Oreos (egg-free style)

Flour Bakery + Cafe Homemade Oreos – egg-free version My favorite stop for a quick(er) bite in Boston is Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery + Cafe. I think I’ve been to all of them at one time or another! And a natural follow-on for those times when I can’t get into the City (looking at YOU…

23 June 2021: Sugar Cookie Bars

Always on the lookout for an easy cookie recipe, I recently came across this one in the New York Times Food section. Adapted by Margaux Laskey, it originated with American Girl, presumably that’s a reference to American Girl dolls, which as a boy-mom but an elementary teacher, I have only a passing acquaintance with. We…

15 June 2021: Tassajara Bread

When we were a young family, my mother-in-law gifted me with an galvanized hand-crank bread bucket. She had one that she used each week to turn out loaves of bread and, once I became more interested in bread-baking, she found one and gifted it to me. Back in those days (the late 1970s, early 1980s),…