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How to make an extra large cake

While most people will have to scale a recipe from time to time, doubling a batch of rice pilaf for a crowd or halving a batch of pancakes to feed only one or two, not everyone will be require to scale recipes for baked goods. You have to be exact with a cake recipe. The first thing to do is determine what size pan you’re ... Read More »

Easy Homemade Eggnog (uncooked)

I must confess that I never particularly cared for eggnog. Until very recently, I had only ever had store-bought eggnog and, while the consistency reminded me pleasantly of a thick milkshake, I couldn’t get past the semi-eggy, custard-gone-awry sort of flavor. I ordinarily like custard, too, but I basically gave up on the drink. I’d have a sip every now and again, in case my ... Read More »

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

Soft Cutout Christmas Cookies

I don’t particularly like crisp, buttery cookies with frosting on them. I feel like the sugary coating takes something away from the simplicity of that type of cookie. In other words, if it’s a good butter cookie, I don’t want to disguise it with icing. But Christmas cookies deserve to be decorated as much as the tree and there is only so much that one ... Read More »

Broccoli with Caramelized Onions

Sometimes the simplest dishes are the best. That said, I would not say that making caramelised onions is the simplest thing. They’re not difficult to make, but they are relatively time consuming, taking well over an hour to reduce the onions to melt-in-your-mouth sweetness. Rachael says that they freeze well, but I’ve never been able to resist them for more than a few hours. The ... Read More »

Gingersnaps with Crystallized Ginger

Ginger Cookies with Candied Ginger

Gingersnaps are a favorite holiday cookie. Their spicy sweetness just seems perfect for the Christmas season, when the weather outside is brisk and a little spice always has a way of warming things up. These Gingersnaps with Crystallized Ginger are a classic gingersnap cookie, made with plenty of molasses and spice. I added some chopped, crystallized ginger to give their ginger flavor a little more ... Read More »

Blood Orange Banana Cake

Most of the time, when I have overripe bananas, I make banana bread. Simple, tasty and versatile, it is one of my favorite baked goods. Somehow, this week, I decided to turn my overripe bananas into a cake. I know that it was the overabundance of oranges on the trees outside and my desire to use at least a few of them before the squirrels ... Read More »

Pecan Divinity

I don’t know when it happened that “sweet” became synonymous with both unsophisticated and undesirable in desserts. As though there is some level of sophistication past which your palate is too evolved to eat sugar. For the record, I don’t feel this way. I love sugar and candy is the perfect way to showcase it. In fact, this week I did a complete 180-degree turn ... Read More »

Artichoke and White Bean Soup

Now that the weather is really cooling off, I can indulge my desire for soup a bit more often. Though I do make soup during the summer, somehow a bowl of steaming deliciousness is slightly less delicious when the air temperature is the same as that of the soup. Soup is also a good excuse to bake more bread to serve with it. This particular ... Read More »

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