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Quick Bread, Long Tradition

Ah, traditions… Traditions lend comfortable predictability to life, like a snuggly blanket on a chilly day. Here in the US we just celebrated Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the whole year. I love that my nuclear family gathers, if only for a few days (with one daughter living in the South, these moments are rare).… [ Read More ]

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Heading South for Pie

Food Regionality Back when I was in culinary school, one of the first lab classes I took was American Regional Cuisine (ahh…memories). Each week we made a meal based on the area of the country we were studying, and it was an interesting class for me because I was unfamiliar with many of the dishes. When… [ Read More ]

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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 ]

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A Honey of a Cake

Ahhh…Autumn This time of year always reminds me of beginnings. Yes, I know it’s not even close to New Year’s, but for me September is filled with new pencils, shiny lunch boxes, and packages of college-ruled lined notebook paper. It doesn’t matter how old my girls get…if it’s their first day of school, they know… [ 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 ]