Category Archives: Recipes

Sugar Cookies

These cookies were sent off in a cookie jar as a house-warming gift to one of my best friends. Do you think she liked them? Everyone likes to get something in the mail. A magazine is nice, a letter is nicer and a package is just about as good as it gets. After doing a little food exchange with Jessica, as I mentioned before, it ... Read More »

Cream Filled Bread Tart with Plum and Dried Cherry Compote

This month’s SHF theme is Tempting Tarts, hosted by none other than Jarrett, owner of every food blogger’s (and food blog fan’s) favorite resource. The idea for this tart came straight out of Baking with Julia. In it, Nancy Silverton offers up a wonderful looking Brioche Tart. Hers is rich dough, filled with a creme fraiche and egg custard and baked. It is then topped ... Read More »

Classic White Sandwich Bread

Flipping through Baking with Julia, looking for the perfect recipe to continue to improve my culinary skills, I stopped at a beautiful photo of toast. Normally toast would not catch my attention in such a way, but not many recipes claim to produce nearly ideal toast. I was sold. I am not that great a shaping bread. I am getting better at shaping round loaves, ... Read More »

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Some men, for reasons I do not fully understand, insist on denouncing chocolate in all its forms. Perhaps they were once told that only women should love chocolate. I’m sure that this myth is founded on the (incorrect) assumption that all women will eat any kind of 5-cents-per-pound “chocolate” sold at the neighborhood drug store in boxes that look as though they’ve been around since ... Read More »

Leek and Artichoke Risotto

Leek and Artichoke Risotto

Ladies and gentlemen, I must confess that I have a problem. I am, perhaps, overly fond of risotto. Everwhere I look I see bright, tasty veggies that clearly need to be part of what is a truly wonderful dish. For example, the photo above shows leek and artichoke risotto. I cannot recall why I originally bought leeks, but inspiration struch when I peered into my ... Read More »

Strawberry-Black Pepper Sorbet

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While there was no photo to accompany this recipe, when I saw the title in this month’s Cooking Light, I was intrigued. Strawberry-Black Pepper Sorbet? How could I resist such an interesting combination! I trotted off to the market and picked up two pounds of strawberries. Though the ones I got were organic, small, dark and sweet, it crossed my mind that this might not ... Read More »

Linzer Tart Cookies

Linzer Tart Cookies

Linzer tarts are made with a nut rich dough and have a simple jam filling that adds sweetness and color to the dessert. Almonds and hazelnuts are the most common nuts to use for linzer dough, but just about any nut can be used. The dough also doesn’t need to take a tart form to be enjoyable. Since the dough is so rich, you can ... Read More »

Nutella Biscotti

Biscotti are great. They go equally well with breakfast and dessert – my two favorite meals. Is it any wonder that I like them? In this variation of a fairly standard biscotti recipe, I added nutella, homemade by Jessica of Su Good Eats. Words can not express how good this nutella was. Though she sent it to me some time ago, I set some aside ... Read More »

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