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),…

13 June 2021: Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and throughout our COVID isolation, I made bread several times a week. With just two of us here, it’s hard to justify regularly baking desserts. However, watching the British Bake-off for the umpteenth time got me thinking: all those practice bakes at home had to…

05 April 2021: Light Cinnamon Rolls – Eggless

Our granddaughter has an egg allergy which has prompted a lot of researching into egg-free baking and cooking. My experience with egg substitutions in “regular” recipes has not proven to be very successful. Oftentimes the bake is dry and heavy. So when I spotted this recipe, Light Cinnamon Rolls – Eggless from Munaty Cooking and…

22 March 2021: King Arthur Baking’s Favorite Sandwich Bread

I’ve been on the hunt for a less rustic loaf of bread recently and, of course, I’m finding lots of options on King Arthur Baking’s recipe site. This one looks like a winner for sandwich breads and is going into the bread-baking rotation. We rarely have an abundance of milk in our fridge any more;…

02 February 2021-Easiest Loaf of Bread You’ll Ever Bake

According to King Arthur Baking Company, this is the Easiest Loaf of Bread You’ll Ever Bake. I don’t know if every bread baker will agree with that sentiment, but it certainly is not complicated and turns out a delicious pair of loaves that stayed fresh for the couple of days that we consumed it (one…

04 January 2021: Jim Leahy’s No Knead Bread

I’ve been a home bread baker for most of my adult life and, especially now as more home bakers are interested in breads, I’ve been experimenting with different loaves. This one – a No Knead Bread developed by Sullivan Street Bakery‘s Jim Lahey is the bake I return to most frequently. It uses a list…

23 December 2020: Egg-Free Cutout Cookies

One of my fondest childhood food memories is of the big rectangular tin of cutout cookies my Aunt Eleanor used to make for the four of us each Christmas and Easter. She had collected an impressive array of cutout shapes which, when I had to downsize, went to another family member. I love her recipe…

20 December 2020: Union Square’s Chocolate Biscotti

Each holiday season, I choose a biscotti recipe – or two – to make for my family as a way to honor my Sicilian heritage. This year’s bake comes from New York’s Union Square Cafe and melds chocolate, espresso and white chocolate (the original calls for milk chocolate). The condo filled with the aroma of…

14 Aug 2020: Homemade Pita Bread

In the process of using up an eggplant from our CSA Share yesterday (Google it – there are a million great sounding recipes for roasted eggplant dips), I discovered we had no actual bread in the house. Wheat thins didn’t seem like the appropriate vehicle for a Middle-eastern Dip, so I began looking at exactly…