Category Archives: Recipes

Sour Cream Tea Bread

I have decided that loaves are very difficult to take photos of and still have the bread look attractive. This was the best that I could do with limited resources (baking and photography, surprisingly, don’t always work out), but I am not doing justice to the beauty of this quick bread. I made this as a thank you/holiday gift for a professor friend of mine. ... Read More »

bills Coconut Bread

The first time I saw this recipe it was in a newspaper article. I wasn’t too familiar with Bill Granger at the time, but clipped out the recipe because it featured coconut – and I am a big coconut fan. It took me a while to get around to baking the bread. Once I had had it, there was no going back. The bread is ... Read More »

Checkerboard Cookies

Today I sat down (ok, I was standing – but you get the idea) and made my first official batch of holiday cookies. Checkerboard shortbread cooies are just beautiful. I was inspired by the mouthwatering picture from Il Forno, though I did not use the same recipe he did. Why? To prove a point. My aunt told me once that it was almost not worth ... Read More »

Soft Pretzels

So, Thanksgiving has now come and gone and we are well into the holiday eating season. With Christmas and the new SHF coming up, I think I’m going to have to start planning my New Year’s Resolutions now… But since it’s still 2004, today I baked soft pretzels. My grandmother, who is originally from Philadelphia, came over for lunch and I thought that I would ... Read More »

Oatmeal Bread

 I wanted to test this recipe for Oatmeal Dinner Rolls from AllRecipes before Thanksgiving next week. I know that lots of people don’t test recipes before serving them and an equal number will never serve anything that isn’t absolutely tried and true (a number in my family, for example). I usually fall into the former category, but if you have the time, it never really ... Read More »

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

To serve with my lovely bread, I made a spiced pumpkin soup. It had a really central american flavor due to the cocoa powder and cinnamon I added. I began with the Southwestern Pumpkin Soup recipe at Epicurious, but I didn’t really have any of the spices that it called for. Consequently, I am more then happy to take partial credit for the creation of ... Read More »

Apple Pie Biscotti with White Chocolate Ginger Glaze

I adore biscotti. I am a bit disappointed with the trend towards softish, cakey biscotti, though. Biscotti should be very crisp. They should not, however, be so “crisp” as to require serious dental work after eating them. For these biscotti, neither is the case. I find them to be very crisp, yet light. They have no butter or oil in them (though I would put ... Read More »

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