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Apricot Beer Bread

  “You have to try this beer. ” “It’s only 7:30 in the morning. I think it’s a little early for that.” “Well, I didn’t mean you have to try it this instant. It’ll still be here later. But you really do have to try some. ” We open the refrigerator door. “Pyramid Apricot Ale? I used to live pretty close to their brewery, although ... Read More »

Chocolate Marble Cookies

marble cookies

 By and large, cookie doughs tend to be all one flavor – usually chocolate or vanilla. It’s easy to throw some chocolate chips into cookie dough if you want to add a bit of chocolate to your baking, but since marble cakes represent one of the best ways to feature chocolate and vanilla in the same cake, why not marble two different cookie doughs to get ... Read More »

Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake

Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake, unsliced

Don’t be fooled by the cake-like appearance of the treat in the photo above, nor by the name. This coffee cake has only a slightly resemblance to the moist, dense cakes you can find in just about any coffee shop. It is actually more like a sweet bread than a cake because it is made with a yeasted dough instead of being leavened with a ... Read More »

Parmesan Tomato Tart

tomato tart

In the summer, as tomato season reaches its peak, my kitchen frequently overflows with perfectly ripe specimins. They are mostly red, with a few oranges, yellows, purples and stripes thrown in for variety. Many are heirloom varieties, all are organic, and each and every one is absolutely delicious. There are lots of things you can do with a kitchen full of tomatoes. Gazpacho , bruschetta ... Read More »

Banana Upside Down Cake

Banana Upside Down Cake close

When you think of upside down cake, you probably think of one of two things: pineapples or apples. Pineapple upside down cake is a classic American dessert that rose to popularity in the beginning of the 20th century. Apple upside down cake, which could be another way of describing the dessert known as a tarte tatin, is common because apples are such a popular staple ... Read More »

Beef and Cheese Empanadas

cheesy empanadas

In Ecuador, I had quite a few empanadas. The small filled pastries used all kinds of crusts, from flour-based pie crust type doughs to tender cornmeal and/or masa-based doughs, as well as ones that contained a mixture of those ingredients. The baked empanadas were consistently good, while the fried empanadas were either perfectly crispy or disappointingly soggy and greasy. Fillings varied from cheese to meat ... Read More »

Cafe Latte Cookies

coffee cookies

As much as I love coffee, I tend not to make a lot of coffee-flavored sweets.  This is because I usually like to eat my cookies/cake/etc. with a cup of coffee, and I am more than happy to have chocolate, vanilla or another flavor take center stage in a baked good. After this batch of cookies, however, I may have to reconsider my policy. These Cafe Latte Cookies ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Muffins

chocolate muffin, top

Tall, dark and delicious (as opposed to handsome) is the best way to describe these dark chocolate muffins, although indulgent and rich are suitable descriptors, as well. These Dark Chocolate Muffins are the perfect food to complement your latte during your morning coffee break – assuming that you’re a fan of chocolate and aren’t overly concerned with having something a bit dessert-like before lunch. Good ... Read More »

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