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A new toy: Shun Santoku Knife

I have a lot of knives. From no-name knives I’ve had forever to Henkels and Global knives, mine run the gamut from inexpensive to premium. But I think it’s safe to say that I like my newest knife, a 6 1/2 inch Shun Santoku, the best. I love everything about it, from the look, to the feel, to the impossibly sharp blade. Knives are a ... Read More »

Yeasted Blueberry Pancakes

For some reason, yeasted pancakes don’t seem to be quite as popular as yeasted waffles. This might have to do with the fact that pancakes are not supposed to be quite as “light” as waffles and that you can usually lighten the batter by beating the egg whites separately, if you simply want to get a puffier pancake. I wanted a yeasted pancake recipe just ... Read More »

Two-Tone Banana Milkshake

Unless you live in California, you might not know that we are having something of a heat wave. Sure, it gets hot here in the summer and I do technically live in the desert, but when the temperature is consistently over 106F, it takes a toll on your desire to do things. Like cook and eat. Fortunately for me, I still feel like cooking. The ... Read More »

Homemade Beignets

Homemade Beignets

As a general rule, I don’t deep fry things very often. In fact, I rarely eat anything that is deep fried. I do enjoy frying because I think it’s fascinating to be able to watch the food cook and dough, in particular, puff up and take on a lovely golden color. So, I am willing to make fried foods when I have a special request. ... Read More »

White Peach Crumble

When I buy fresh fruit, I almost always just eat it out of hand. I absolute love fruit desserts, but sometimes I just can’t help but think that I’m missing out when I’m not eating them plain. After all, fresh, ripe fruit has a texture and flavor that is unmatched by cooked fruit. This is why I sometimes like to buy fruit in bulk. There ... Read More »

Blueberry Dumplings

Since I mentioned that I bought a huge box of blueberries yesterday, I thought I’d let you know what I did with it. First of all, I ate a lot of the berries out of hand, munching on them throughout the weekend. They went surprisingly quickly. Second of all, I made dessert. Tempted though I was to make muffins, I wanted to do something that ... Read More »

Light and Crispy Waffles

I woke up with a craving for Belgian waffles. It probably had to do with the fact that they were giving away free samples yesterday when I was shopping at Costco. Granted, their waffles were served with “pancake syrup” (which is really just flavored corn syrup) instead of maple, but they were very tasty. Crispy, crunchy and light. My first thought was to use a ... Read More »

Classic Jelly Roll

There are many, many bad recipes for jelly rolls out there. This is surprising because it is an incredibly simple thing to make. A jelly roll, also known as a swiss roll, is a large, thin rectangle of sponge cake that is spread with jam and rolled up. It is traditionally served with only a dusting of powdered sugar, but some variations – noteably the ... Read More »

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