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Onion Focaccia

Onion Focaccia

Focaccia is a great yeast bread to learn to make. It doesn’t require any special shaping and it requires only a short rising time. It is also versatile. You can eat it almost straight out of the oven, while it is still crispy on the outside and hot and soft inside, but you can also bake it a day in advance and use it for ... Read More »

5 Great Ways to Use Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauces

I always have cranberry sauce leftover after Thanksgiving. I usually make a batch or two of homemade sauce, and I often buy a jar or two just in case I need some more. It’s not that I think that anyone is going to gorge themselves on cranberry sauce at dinner and I’ll run out, I just like to have the leftover sauce around for other ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If Christmas cookies aren’t your thing, why not try some holiday cupcakes? Alice and the Mock Turtle made up some very cute Snowman Cupcakes for the holidays and has some great tips on how you can make them easily at home. I think the most clever touch of the cakes is to dip the frosting in sugar to give it an “icy” look that is ... Read More »

The Art of the Dessert

The Art of the Dessert

When it comes to baking – and cooking in general – there is always a place for new ideas, but there is often no substitute for experience. Ann Amernick, author of The Art of the Dessert, has been in the pastry business a long time and shares a lot of her knowledge – as well as a lot of her recipes – in this volume. ... Read More »

Great Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich Ideas

While I like heating up a plate of Thanksgiving leftovers and having a holiday dinner all over again, what I really like to do with leftover turkey is make sandwiches. The breasts are usually so large that you get perfect slices of meat – meaning that they’re quite big – for sandwiches and don’t need to spend too much time piecing together little bits of ... Read More »

BlogHer Food recap!

This past Saturday, I headed up to San Francisco for the 2009 BlogHer Food conference. It’s the first of what I think will be an annual conference series from BlogHer and was aimed at food bloggers. All of the breakout sessions of the conference covered topics that would be of interest to people who write recipes, review products and just like to write about food ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Olives are a fairly standard pizza topping, but somehow switching olives for olive tapenade, as Baking Obsession did in a Black Olive and Tapenade Pizza, makes them seem a lot more gourmet. This pizza doesn’t have any sauce, just a layer of very flavorful potatoes and a combination of Parmigiano-Reggiano and Fontina cheeses, as well as just the right amount of the tapenade, of course. ... Read More »

Peppers and Cheese Focaccia

Pepper and Cheese Focaccia, slices

Focaccia, like pizza, is a bread that has almost and unlimited number of topping possibilities. In it’s most basic form, the flatbread can be topped with just olive oil, salt and herbs. If you want to move away from the very traditional type, it’s easy to dress it up with any kind of vegetable or cheese, and you can even use fruit if you want ... Read More »

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