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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 »

Baked Vegan Cheesecake

Baked Vegan Lemon Cheesecake slice

I could be vegan. A great deal of the foods that I eat are vegetarian and many can be made vegan. I have experimented with vegan baking, which, by and large, has produced some wonderful results. I actually have many other vegan recipes and substitutions that surprise people, from cookies to cakes. Does it seem like I am dwelling on the sweet side? I am. ... Read More »

Raspberry Chocolate Mink

Gourmet Magazine’s September 2005 Cook the Cover contest ended yesterday. The featured recipe was fur a chocolate pudding cake called the Chocolate Mink. I couldn’t resist giving the recipe a shot, particularly when it was formulated for the convenient serving size of two portions. I decided that my addition to the recipe would be to add raspberries, since raspberries and chocolate make a wonderful combination. ... Read More »

Stuff on My Cat

Just in time for Weekend Cat Blogging, hosted by Eat Stuff, you can see the hazards of leaving the newspaper unattended at my table. Phoebe loves to get under things, but not as much as some of the cats at Stuff on my Cat. Too cute! Read More »

Zucchini Cornbread

I feel like I have been in a bit of a rut lately. Looking back through the last couple of weeks, I can see that this isn’t entirely true, not as far as posting is concerned, but that doesn’t change the way I feel. I think it’s because of the seasons. It’s the end of summer and the end of the summer season means cooler ... Read More »

Editing

I was enjoying the last of the donut cookies, made from a recipe posted by Joe at Culinary in the Desert, when I saw that I was tagged on Grab Your Fork for a meme: find the fifth sentence of your 23rd post and post it. Curiosity overcame me and I looked back through my archives. Looking at some of my earliest posts, I couldn’t ... Read More »

Boca Negra

Close your eyes. Imagine the fudgiest brownie you have ever tasted. And understand that this cake is a million times better. It is all the fudge and none of the dryness, none of the chew of a brownie or a cake. It is silky, liquid fudge. Interested? I turned back to Baking with Julia this week to find the Boca Negra cake. Boca negra means ... Read More »

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