Food Network’s top 100 of 2007

For all you Food Network fans out there, the station has put up a list of their Top 100 recipes of 2007 on their website. Reading through it is a bit like watching several hours of programming in under a few minutes. Both #1 and #2 on the list are macaroni and cheese – one baked, one not – and others in the top 10 ... Read More »

Sugar Cookie Tart Crust

  Traditional pie and tart crusts are great, no doubt about it. They’re tasty and work with just about every kind of tart filling you might imagine. But as much as I like them (and like making them), I also like variety and always have an eye out for alternative crusts that will work well with particular tarts. This crust is a sugar cookie crust. ... Read More »

What was in your stocking?

mini kitchen

I confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2007

Hallmark puts out lots and lots of collectible ornaments every year catering to specific interests and hobbies. A few seasons ago, they started offering baking/cooking ornaments and, not unexpectedly, family members started buying them for me. This year, they have grilling and cooking/kitchen ornaments, but I think my favorite is the one pictured above, which is from last Christmas. The ornament is a tree-shaped shelf ... Read More »

Brown Edge Butter Wafers

Brown Edge Butter Cookies

Brown Edge Butter Wafers are pretty much exactly what they sound like: thin cookies with brown edges and a white center. They’re not made with browned butter or anything unusual like that. The color around the edge actually comes from the caramelization of butter and sugar in the oven – and these cookies have quite a lot of butter in them. The dough is very ... Read More »


mocha- the cookbook

Mocha is the grown-up version of hot chocolate, simply hot chocolate enhanced with a shot of coffee to make the flavor darker and to give the drinker a little more of a pick-me-up than chocolate alone can provide. It’s a relatively simple drink and you wouldn’t think that it could sustain an entire cookbook – but it can and does in Michael Turback’s new cookbook, ... Read More »

A pair of updated recipes

cranberry orange bread and pear clafoutis, redux

From time to time I’ll go back through my archives and update some of my older recipes. I actually have many recipes that I remake on a very regular basis, and I like to be able to add a new picture or two to a post with a less-than-perfect picture when I can. These two recipes – Orange Cranberry Bread and Pear Clafoutis – are special to ... Read More »

Holiday traditions and favorite recipes

holiday cookie plate

Earlier this week, I briefly mentioned that Christmas is one of those holidays where a lot of people stick with the same traditions year in and year out. You might add a cookie recipe or two to the rotation, but there are probably at least one or two dishes that you always have to serve – if not an entire meal – to make the ... Read More »

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