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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 »

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes, full-size

“Maybe we could sleep in; I’ll make you banana pancakes; Pretend like it’s the weekend now. We could pretend it all the time.” –Jack Johnson, Banana Pancakes It never hurts to have a little inspiration for a recipe and the Jack Johnson song “Banana Pancakes” is what prompted me to make a batch of pancakes for myself. It’s a cute song and, if you listen ... Read More »

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Amaretto Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday, I kicked off a two-part series on the potential first ladies’ favorite cookie recipes with Cindy McCain’s Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies. The recipes are part of a Good Housekeeping tradition that asks readers to vote for their favorite cookie recipe every election year. With McCain’s cookies out of the way, it’s time to take a look at Michelle Obama’s recipe: Amaretto Shortbread Cookies. These shortbread ... Read More »

4th of July Food Ideas

Red, White and Blue Cupcake

The 4th of July falls on a Friday this year, which means that there is a whole, long weekend to celebrate both summer and Independence Day. I tend to envision picnics and barbecues for the 4th because they’ve always been a bit of a tradition for me. It’s a great way to hang out with friends, enjoy some (hopefully!) good weather and have a good ... Read More »

Oatmeal-Butterscotch Cookies

Every election year, Good Housekeeping magazine runs a little article featuring favorite cookie recipes of the two potential first ladies. Readers are usually encouraged to try them and put a vote up for their favorite, like a little cookie election. I think it’s a cute idea and, while some of the commenters on the recipes on the GH website get a little fanatical about their ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If the book I mentioned earlier this week, Pops! Ice Treats for Everyone piqued your interest in frozen treats, you will definitely want to check out the Mojito Pops at Erin Cooks. The recipe comes from that very book. It uses lots of fresh lime juice, club soda, mint and rum, just like the original cocktail, giving them a bright and grownup flavor – especially ... Read More »

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Thai-Inspired Peanut Noodle Salad

Pasta salad is a staple food in the summer. This type of dish is easy to make, can always be made ahead and there are an almost infinite number of variations out there for it. It’s great to take to a barbecue or picnic, but because they keep for a couple of days are served cold, they’re also something that you can keep in the ... Read More »

What is cream of tartar?

cream of tartar

Cream of tartar, more technically known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a fine white powder with many culinary applications. It is a byproduct of the winemaking process as the powder forms inside wine barrels during fermentation. It comes from tartaric acid, a naturally occurring substance in grapes and some other tart fruits that in the principle acid in winemaking. It helps to help control the ... Read More »

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