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Cream-Filled Chocolate Cupcakes

Classic, now retro, lunchbox fair, cream-filled chocolate cupcakes are a treat that many of us are familiar with. I don’t really think that there was anything wrong with the moist chocolate cake, but I was mostly concerned with the cream filling. I had had chocolate cake before – but where did one come across cream filling? It wasn’t icing, nor was it marshmallow. It was ... Read More »

Quinoa Stuffed Squash

I actually saw a picture of this dish in a magazine ad sometime last year. It was so visually appealing that I remembered it all spring and summer, waiting for all the pumpkins and squash to turn up in fall. Could I have found the squash I wanted earlier in the year? Probably. But I wouldn’t have wanted to for the same reasons I don’t ... Read More »

Pumpernickel

Pumpernickel is one of the more maligned breads. For good reason. It is a naturally leavened, or sourdough, rye bread. Traditionally, pumpernickel bread is made without wheat flour and is baked for 16-24 hours at a low temperature. This produces a dense, dark, coarse and flavorful loaf, though the flavor may not be the most appealing one. This fact is evidenced by its name. The ... Read More »

Pumpkin Spice Mocha

I love pumpkin. And by pumpkin I actually mean most types of winter squash. Butternut squash/pumpkin and sugar pumpkins happen to be my favorites. The butternuts are very versatile and have an beautiful, sweet flavor. The sugar pumpkins make excellent soups and pies. Many markets seem to carry jars of prepackaged spice blends simply labled: Pumpkin Pie Spice. I like my spices to be a ... Read More »

Blogging By Mail package and WCB

I’m glad to see that lots of people are sending out and receiving their Blogging By Mail packages from this round. I got mine from Susann, a non-blogging (but we won’t hold that against her) friend of Samantha‘s. Let me take this moment to mention that this round is almost over. We are waiting for the last of the packages to arrive, but there will ... Read More »

Sichuan-Style Veggies

If for no other reason than to prove that I do, in fact, eat things other than cake, I decided to mention these veggies. Actually, the better reason for mentioning them is the sauce. An issue of EatingWell from February of this year had a great article about stir frying. They offered two easy to make sauces and six dishes that could all be prepared ... Read More »

Baguette a l’ancienne in progress

I was perusing the forums at eGullet and noticed an interesting “demo”. A member posted his (her?) process for making baguettes a l’ancienne, also known as slightly sour, naturally yeasted baguettes. Now I was immediately impressed by the photos of big, uneven holes and a lovely crispy crust. Though the recipe takes a few days, it is a very low maintenance dough. All you need ... Read More »

Pumpkin Donuts with Spiced Sugar

There is nothing wrong with spelling the word for these fried rings of dough as “doughnuts” or “donuts”. They are both correct. Just ask spell check. I personally use the “donut” spelling, as it is faster and simply more economical as far as I am concerned. There is nothing wrong with spelling or dialect variations, particularly when involving pastry. This week, as you may have ... Read More »

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