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Vanilla Honey Poached Apriums

The more fruit you have in the kitchen at any given time, the more difficult it is to use it up before some of it begins to become overripe. Apples, for instance, are durable, but the majority of summer produce – stone fruits, berries, etc. – either continues to ripen on your counter or simply starts to go bad the minute it comes through the ... Read More »

Biodegradable Picnic Ware

There are indoor plates, outdoor plates and paper plates. Indoor are mostly made of ceramic and outdoor are often some kind of lightweight plastic material, both of which are washable and reusable. Paper is, of course, paper. They may not be as eco-friendly as the first two types of dinnerware, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of paper when you are entertaining outside in ... Read More »

Strawberry Goat Cheese Scones

Scones have been on my mind for the last couple of weeks, but I haven’t’ been inspired to do much aside from some of my usual favorites. I hadn’t, I should say, because I managed to find some inspiration this morning while doing a bit of grocery shopping, inspiration in the form of goat cheese. It’s been ages since I had goat cheese and the ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Blueberries are not the most popular pie fruit out there. Fresh, ripe berries are so sweet and juicy on their own that they can be difficult to contain with a pie crust. Sugar and Spice did a lovely job with a lattice crust on a Fresh Blueberry Pie. She managed to thicken the juice of the berries just perfectly so that the pie sliced with ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups, reviewed

Trader Joe's Mini Peanut Butter Cups

Chocolate chips are a staple in my kitchen, as they are in almost any kitchen that is equipped with a functional oven. I keep a wide assortment of other types of chips and chocolate chunks, as well. These always include dark chocolate, milk chocolate (as opposed to the semisweet chocolate of “standard” chips) peanut butter, white chocolate and butterscotch, though I often will try out ... Read More »

Nonstick Oven Spill Catcher

My oven has heating elements in both the top and the bottom, so traditional oven liners – many of which are designed to sit on the bottom of an oven – don’t work for me. Oven liners are designed to catch accidental overflow from things like pies, casseroles and other bubbly/gooey dishes. This is a Nonstick Oven Spill Catcher and it does the same job ... Read More »

Sweet and Nutty Tea Bread

Sweet and Nutty Tea Bread

Generally, it’s not too much of a problem for me to come up with names for dishes. Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cookies and Double Chocolate Pistachio Brownies, for instance, are simply named after the components in the recipes – fairly concise and very self-explanatory. This quick bread posed something of a challenge because it has a lot packed into it. It has sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, ... Read More »

Leslie Mackie’s Macrina Bakery and Cafe Cookbook

If you live in the Seattle area, this book probably needs no introduction. If you don’t, however, the name of the popular Macrina Bakery probably doesn’t ring a bell – yet. The bakery is known well for its top-quality baked goods and breads, the kind that make even chefs go out of their way to stop in when they’re in the area. The bakery emphasizes ... Read More »

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