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From-scratch Sourdough Starter

There are three ways to come by a starter: Catch wild yeast Use packaged yeast Buy/Borrow/Steal I would say that the best way to start a starter is to get some from a friend. Sourdoughs – and their starters – get their flavor from long and slow development, so the older your starter is, the more character it is likely to have. Of course, a ... Read More »

Lime Curd Thumbprint Cookies

I love citrus curds. Lemon, lime – even orange. They’re velvety, slightly sweet, quite tart and the perfect topping for a wire variety of baked goods. I am not going to claim that this is the best use for a curd because I still think that my spoon is the finest vehicle, but it is a darn nice way to eat it. A crisp buttery ... Read More »

Tomato and Sweet Onion Focaccia

I was kneading the dough for what seemed like ages. It felt grainy and rough no matter what I did. Then I remembered that there was cornmeal in this dough and was glad that there was no one in the room to see how silly I was being. This focaccia is based on this Cooking Light recipe. I started it without thinking too much about ... Read More »

Chocolate and Cinnamon Pancakes

I think that the birthday weekend is a time to indulge, hence the chocolate syrup on these pancakes. Ok, I’ll admit that I just put it on for the photo and ate the rest with maple syrup, but I did put some mini chocolate chips in the batter. I couldn’t resist tasting it with the chocolate syrup, though, and I think that this could make ... Read More »

Homemade Corn Tortillas

All through my childhood, I viewed corn tortillas as just being “okay”. They were often dry and bland. Flour tortillas, though not often completely insipred, had a chewiness and breadier flavor that I prefered. This opinion completely changed the day that I made corn tortillas at home. In fairness, since memory is not always completely accurate, I am sure that I had reached some level ... Read More »

Yellow Sheet Cake (Birthday Cake)

Honestly, I like baking my own birthday cakes. I always have and always will. I feel like there is a lot of freedom for me to choose what my favorite cake is. Unfortunately, I don’t really have a favorite. I like some things better than others, but when it comes right down to it, baking a birthday cake with no one’s preferences but my own ... Read More »

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is for Niki. She has been on a quest (part 2 and 3) to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I agree with her completely in that personal preferences play a big part in the “perfect” cookie. Of course, ingredients and oven temperatures do, too. I like slightly crisper cookies and I simply love oatmeal in cookies. Niki wants a chewy cookie, the kind ... Read More »

Rustic Onion Pie

In keeping with the flood of variously popular reality shows, the Food Network hosted their own earlier this year to find The Next Food Network Star. Of many worthy and entertaining candidates, two caterers from Chicago won a six episode special: Party Line with Dan and Steve. I really like these guys and I like their show. They’re entertaining, informative and, most importantly, their recipes ... Read More »

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