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Sourdough starter discard decisions

Baking, natural style In my never-ending quest to make my family’s diet less about commercial processed foods and more about wholesome ingredients, I make sourdough bread…without commercial yeast (yup, you read that right). I received the sourdough starter (descended from a batch more than a century old) for Mother’s Day, 2016, and after trial (and… [ Read More ]

homemade granola

It’s crunch time

I like things that crunch. In the Fall, I’ll go out of my way to step on the dried leaves…I love hearing that satisfying crunch underfoot. And if the leaf doesn’t crunch, I’m disappointed. The worst are those leaves that look perfectly crunchy, only to have them either disintegrate without a sound or kind of… [ Read More ]

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We have feet!

Moms & Daughters, baking together My younger daughter is here, visiting before she heads off to start graduate school. Having her here means one thing…she and I will be baking.  This daughter…you know, the one that makes the incredible cakes (and if you don’t know, head over to her Facebook page, Sweetheart Cakes and Treats… [ Read More ]

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Taking a risk

Are you a risk taker? Would you take an untested recipe to meet your husband’s boss for the first time? I’d say I’m a moderate risk taker…I like to try new things, especially if creativity is involved. And I have a moderate amount of confidence in my culinary abilities. Sometimes it backfires, and I kick… [ Read More ]

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Play with your food

Baking, science, and math My daughters will attest to the fact that, during their “growing up years,” I didn’t stop asking them questions intended for them to think about science, math, vocabulary, etc, as we went about our day. Yup, I drove them crazy all right (I still do!). Best of all was when I… [ Read More ]

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Springbank with Snacks

Pairing snacks with spirits Food and drink…it kind of rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Or rather, it rolls back across your tongue and down your gullet, but that’s not the point. It’s nice to sip on something, but it’s even nicer to have something to chew on as well, and especially with scotch, something… [ Read More ]

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Crumbling Cookies

Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. What is this…a statement of hopelessness? Futility? Nay, gentle reader, I say nay! This is a statement of hopefulness, of goodness and light, because now we have a way to make a wonderful cookie crust. And we get to beat the hell out of cookies in the process!… [ Read More ]

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Sticky Notes

Molasses and rum They go together like peanut butter & jelly. No, more like peanuts and peanut oil. Actually, they’re like cows and methane. (I’m going to stop now…you get the idea). One produces the other. And both are made from sugarcane juice, which is itself a byproduct from refining sugar. Molasses comes from repeated… [ Read More ]

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A Flag for a Dad

It’s Father’s Day! This is a special Father’s Day post because…well, just because. When my husband celebrated his first Father’s Day, I made him and my older daughter special T-shirts for the day. The following year, I did it again. I called it “A Flag for a Dad,” and I used her little handprints as… [ Read More ]

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A Magical Dessert

It all started with Harry Potter My family was obsessed with the boy wizard (well, mostly my younger daughter and I), and we read the books, listened to the audiobooks in the car, and went to all the movies (then bought them on DVD). Yes, we were at Barnes & Noble at midnight for the… [ Read More ]