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Rhubarb and Ginger Loaf Cake

When I saw some brightly colored stalks of rhubarb at the market, I simply couldn’t resist buying a few. This was an odd impluse, because I have never, ever cooked or even eaten rhubarb in anything other than a jam. Incidentally, I am currently in possession of an amazing Raspberry-Rhubarb preserves from Mt Valley Orchard. Not only is this variety amazing, but they make 80 ... Read More »

Lemon Scented Popovers

I like popovers. I like the way they’re crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside. They take almost no time to make and look impressive. I used this recipe from Epicurious and added 1 tbsp of lemon zest and 1 tsp vanilla. I think the lemon flavor would have been even more pronounced with a tablespoon of lemon juice, or a bit of ... Read More »

Back to Reality

Is any vacation ever really long enough? I think not. Nevertheless, I am glad to be home. I had an amazing time in Hawaii, though. I did so much that the trip seems shorter than it was. The highlight of the trip was a 4.5 hour hike (roundtrip) out to the active lava flows on the south end of the island. We got up at ... Read More »

Vacation

I’m going to be vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii for the next week. I don’t know if I’ll be able to upload any photos while I’m there, but I’ll give it a shot. If not, I’ll be back in a week. Aloha! Read More »

The Cookbook Meme

I knew I’d catch it eventually…. This is the cookbook meme started over at Spiceblog and sent to me by Mika. DOing this made me realise that I don’t own a lot of bread baking books. I tend to look online for recipes and insipration, or to grab one recipe from each book. I should really pick some up! 1. Rationale behind what we’re seeing? ... Read More »

Homemade Puff Pastry and Palmiers

Homemad Palmiers Stack

A pair of recipes today! I made puff pastry from scratch. It is far and away the best puff pastry I have ever tasted, and I can say the same thing for the palmiers that resulted from the batch. I primarily use frozen puff pastry. It is convenient, inexpensive and works very well. I certainly wouldn’t turn away from using it again, but it’s nice ... Read More »

Butterscotch Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Blondies are a great thing to make when you’re visiting someone else’s home. They are as simple as baking a batch of cookies, but actually take less time because all the dough goes into the oven at once. You can add anything that is lying around the kitchen, so having anything beyond the basic butter-sugar-flour-egg ingredients is not vital. Chocolate chips, nuts, chopped candy bars, ... Read More »

Roasted Grapes

Roasted Grapes

Still reeling from my success with gelatin in the last IMBB, I tried my had at another gelatin dessert. I found Cardamom Yogurt Pudding on Epicurious. It looked so simple that I had to try it. As always, I read the reviews first. The feedback from other cooks is usually very helpful. I noted that several of them mentioned that they had to increase the ... Read More »

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