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Pear Clafoutis

pear clafoutis

I remember that my mom would make this on special occasions when I was little. I would always get so excited when I saw it resting in the kitchen. I couldn’t wait to eat some! I was fascinated by the rows of pears, totally mystified by how she got them to look so pretty. Now I know that the trick is a very sharp knife ... Read More »

Vanilla Caramel Popcorn

I am not going to go on about how great a theme caramel is for this month’s Sugar High Friday, hosted by Debbie at Words to Eat By. Instead, I will just cut to the chase: I made vanilla caramel popcorn. The inspiration for this recipe was twofold. First, I felt like having some popcorn. Second, I’ve had caramel on the brain while thinking of ... Read More »

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli

The first time I really ate pumpkin (or any non-summer-squash, since I tend to use the terms interchangeably) in something other than pie, I was in Australia. Who roasts pumpkin, I thought. Haven’t you heard of pie? Of course, I tried it and loved it. I’ve been hooked ever since. Pie, soup, side dish, main dish – if you can make it, I’ll eat it. ... Read More »

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Cookies

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies

I know a good thing when I see one, so when I saw Molly’s post on Pistachio-Apricot Oatmeal Cookies I just had to make them. I did use dried cherries instead of the apricots, but only because I ate the apricots as I was mixing up the batter. The cookies were buttery and delicious, as Anne can attest since she beat me to the punch ... Read More »

Honey Buttermilk Bread

I have decided that buttermilk is a great thing to have around the house now. I like using it for breads and things. It gives everything a really good flavor, adding a buttery richness and the tang of sour cream or yogurt. I was inspired to make bread in a loaf pan by Kelli at Culinary Epiphanies. I rarely use a loaf pan for bread, ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Sourdough Waffles

I know that I have posted about making waffles before, but I think that I finally have the waffle bases covered. Not to say that I won’t be making more waffles, but I will speculate that unless I have a startling waffle revelation – which isn’t impossible – I will probably stick to these recipes for plain, buttermilk and soudough waffles. dskbook recommended to me ... Read More »

Basic Banana Bread and a Banana Bread Fluffernutter

Sometimes banana bread isn’t satisfying enough on its own. I never ate fluffernutters when I was growing up, but that didn’t stop me from realising that marshmallow and peanut butter would be a great combination with the banana bread I baked this morning. It doesn’t hurt that marshmallows are one of my absolute favorite things, either. The key to the sandwich is to use marshmallow ... Read More »

Japanese Chicken Scallion Rice Bowl

I really hate touching raw chicken. I don’t mind cooking it and I certainly don’t mind eating it, but I would much rather handle just about any other kind of meat. Forgive me, but it just looks icky. Nevertheless, I had to touch it to cook tonight’s dinner. I used a recipe from this month’s EatingWell magazine for the Japanese Chicken-Scallion Rice Bowl. Luckily for ... Read More »

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