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Perfect Angel Food Cake

Perfect Angel Food Cake

It was pointed out in this article, that when Cooks Illustrated standards diverge from your own, you can end up being a bit disappointed with their recipes. I have found this to be a true assessment on several occasions, though the recipes themselves are excellent. There are some types of food where the likelihood of this happening is very low. Cakes are a good example ... Read More »

The Reluctant Vegan

In a bout of shamless self promotion, check out my article on Saucy today. The Reluctant Vegan is the name of the series I’m going to be working on. I’d explain the concept here, too, but the article itself is an introduction. The photo above is for the Apple Pistachio Spice cake I give the recipe for. I just love this cake – I think ... Read More »

Sourdough Crumpets

If you keep a sourdough starter, like I do, you know that you have to throw out a bit every time you feed it – unless you bake a loaf every day. Usually I’ll just bite the bullet and toss the unfed starter, but sometimes I’ll try and do something with it. King Arthur has some great recipes, including one for making Sourdough Crumpets with ... Read More »

Hard Cooked Egg Cookies

I was flipping an old Joy of Cooking (1946 edition – and note that they don’t appear in more current additions) when I spotted Hard Cooked Egg Cookies. My first thought was that they were cookies that would have a dollop of curd or something in the center to resemble hard boiled eggs. They actually involve putting hard boiled eggs through a ricer and into ... Read More »

Swedish Hardtack Crackers

I have made crackers before, both savory and sweet. While the results were good in my first savory attempt, I have to admit that I wasn’t all that sure of myself because I didn’t think the original recipe was very good. Before my course officially ended, our instructor gave up a copy of a cracker recipe and mentioned that it was worth making our own. ... Read More »

Home Roasted Kona Coffee

I just wanted to say a quick thank you to Clare who gave me some great tips for home roasting the green kona coffee beans that I brought back from my trip to Hawaii. At Greenwell Farms, where I purchased the coffee, I was able to sample all their roasts. The full city roast was my favorite – smooth and rich, but not too dark. ... Read More »

Cherry Pie

I learned a few things about cherry pie yesterday. First, my crust was incredibly flakey and browned very well with an egg-white wash and generous sprinkling of coarse sugar. Second, frozen cherries work very well when you don’t have time to pit 2 pounds of fresh cherries. I used sweet cherries and reduced the sugar called for by most recipes from 1 cup to 1/2 ... Read More »

Sugar Cookies

These cookies were sent off in a cookie jar as a house-warming gift to one of my best friends. Do you think she liked them? Everyone likes to get something in the mail. A magazine is nice, a letter is nicer and a package is just about as good as it gets. After doing a little food exchange with Jessica, as I mentioned before, it ... Read More »

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