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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are, hands down, the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I have ever made and probably the best I have ever eaten. Granted, I actually make things that I like more than these (sometimes you feel like a muffin, not a cookie), but I have never seen someone not reach for a second cookies straight away. They are fantastic – slightly crispy on the edges ... Read More »

Lemon and Candied Ginger Muffins

While we were at BlogHer, Elise told me a story of some semi-disastrous lemon muffins that she had recently tried to make from a recipe given to her by a friend. What precisely caused the muffins to fail was a mystery, since the friend who supplied the recipe later had the same difficulty, despite the fact that she had succeeded with the muffins in the ... Read More »

BlogHer 2006

(Photo of food blogging group by Elise Bauer) I’m back from BlogHer and I have to say that it was a wonderful event. I was able to meet a number of food bloggers, as well as a few people who were interested in getting started with food blogging. It is fascinating to hear people talk about why they blog and why they love it, and ... Read More »

Rice Pudding Ice Cream

I know that I’ve been doing a lot of ice cream posts lately, but with the temperatures getting to over 100F on a regular basis here over the last month, it’s hard not to want a lot of cold food. Besides, I tend to make small batches of ice creams – not to mention that Sarah’s chosen theme for this month’s Sugar High Friday was ... Read More »

Intense Chocolate Gelato

Intense chocolate gelato

Gelato is Italian ice cream. While in composition it is not that different from other frozen treats, there are a couple of things that set it apart from a standard ice cream. First, it is generally made with more milk milk than heavy cream. Some recipes use all milk, as this one does, and others use just a touch of cream. I’ve had many shopkeepers ... Read More »

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 »

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