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White Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

White Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls

Slathered in butter, dipped in gravy, soaking up sauce – dinner rolls can certainly play a very important roll in an evening meal. This isn’t to say that they’re required, but there is a reason that so many restaurants will put out a basket of dinner rolls for every table that comes in. The inspiration for these dinner rolls came from Susan at Farmgirl Fare, who mentioned ... Read More »

Orange, Raspberry and Pecan Bread

Rasperry and Pecan Loaf

Raspberries may not really be in season at the moment, but they’re always in season in my kitchen because I keep several bags of them in the freezer at all times. You never know when you’re going to want to make a raspberry sauce, defrost them and stir them into yogurt or oatmeal, or bake them into a quick bread for a tasty snack. Clearly, ... Read More »

Giant Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookies - can't have too much milk

Those gigantic bakery-style chocolate chip cookies that are larger than your hand are always impressive. They promise the same buttery, sugary, chocolaty goodness of a small cookie, but in triplicate. Unfortunately, many of these cookies aren’t as good as the look, as the bakers/bakeries responsible figure that the fact that they can pack more chocolate chips into the cookie makes up for the fact that ... Read More »

Mocha Tiramisu

tiramisu

Some desserts are classics and never get taken off the menu, year after year. Other desserts follow trends, going in and out of style and from being everywhere to nowhere in the blink of an eye. The classics get passed over for trendier desserts with regularity since many diners know that the classic will be good and can’t resist the novelty and the potential of ... Read More »

Meat Lasagna

lasagna, in the oven

 You can’t really go wrong with a cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen. Even if their personal preferences aren’t quite identical to yours, the recipes are practally fail-safe and they are very, very well thought out. One of my current – or perhaps I should say “still” as the book has been around for a couple of years - ATK favorites is Here in America’s Test Kitchen because ... Read More »

Champagne Chiffon Cake

champagne cake

The other day I was perusing the champagne selection at my local market, trying to decide not only which bottle to buy, but to figure out what dessert I should serve with it for New Year’s. I couldn’t decide on either count when it struck me: why not put champagne into the dessert? From that point, it didn’t take long for me to pick out ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

lemon curd tart, sliced

Tis the season for meyer lemons, one of my favorite citrus fruits to use in the kitchen. The lemons are actually a hybrid fruit, a combination of mandarins and traditional lemons. They have been cultivated for years, though they have dramatically risen in the public awareness over the past couple of years. The popularity is due to a unique property of these lemons: they have ... Read More »

Sugar Cookie Tart Crust

  Traditional pie and tart crusts are great, no doubt about it. They’re tasty and work with just about every kind of tart filling you might imagine. But as much as I like them (and like making them), I also like variety and always have an eye out for alternative crusts that will work well with particular tarts. This crust is a sugar cookie crust. ... Read More »

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