Category Archives: Recipes

Garlicky Polenta Breadsticks

While I like a light, soft breadstick as much as anyone, I also like the crunchy, good-for-dipping kind. Soft breadsticks are usually just dinner rolls, shaped into logs or twists and dressed up with some flavorful topping, like coarse salt or cheese. The crisp, crunchy kind are often made from leftover yeast doughs, cut very thinly and baked until hard. They’re not as useful for ... Read More »

Spirited Rum Balls

As the holidays begin to approach – despite store displays that indicate that Christmas began in October – it is time to start thinking about holiday gifts and cookies, both for swapping and for eating. This recipe is a variation on Martha Stewart’s Bourbon Balls. The biggest change is that instead of bourbon, I prefer to use dark rum, which is made from fermented molasses. ... Read More »

Lemon Pudding Cake

After the last IMBB, Sarah Lou from One Whole Clove and I had a bit of a chat about the effect of water baths on souffles. Her lovely Pecorino and Caramelised Veggie Souffle, baked in a water bath, just didn’t rise quite as impressively as she had expected (though it certainly still looked good). Since a souffle gains much of its lift during its initial ... Read More »

Takeout-Style Orange Sichuan Chicken

I don’t always want to cook dinner. Neither do you. That’s why someone brilliant came up with the idea of takeout. You get the freshness of a just-prepared meal without either cooking or actually having to spend a whole meal at a restaurant. In fact, since you only have to run out of your car to pick it up, you can save even more valuable ... Read More »

DCist’s Salty Oats

There was a great episode of Recipe for Success, a show on the Food Network, that featured the creator of a cookie called Salty Oats. They are oatmeal raisin cookies, sprinkled with salt, instead of having it mixed into the batter. Though the saltiness isn’t approaching levels to qualify this as a “salty snack”, it does bring it to the front of the palate, instead ... Read More »

Fresh Cranberry Orange Scones

The tartness of fresh cranberries with the tart-sweetness of orange juice on a buttery background makes these really bright breakfast treats. Well, that just sounds like a description that you’d find in a catalogue, doesn’t it? Even better, it’s true! Drop scones are always fun to make because they’re just so simple to miz and there is no shaping required. Put everything into a bowl, ... Read More »

Honey and Saffron Loaf

I am a big fan of Paul Hollywood. Not only is he a fabulous baker with some amazing recipes, he is great at explaining techiniques and method. On camera, he virtually always mixes with his hands, not using so much as a spoon, let alone an electeic mixer. His kneading is impressively and skillfully done – sometimes one handed! Paul must have been one of ... Read More »

Oatmeal Bran Muffins

When the holidays come around, like many people, I find myself riding waves of excess. Specifically, excesses of sugar and salt. I don’t find that I have this problem when I am chiefly eating things that I have made myself, even when those things are cookies and cakes. Eating lots of very sweet things – like leftover Halloween candy – makes me crave salt. An ... Read More »

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