So, this was a morning of experiments with vegan butter and easy bagels. Disgusted with the use of palm oil in EVERYTHING that is labeled healthy and particularly "heart-healthy," like Earth Balance, Smart Balance, etc, I have been searching for a heart-healthy or vegan butter or spread without Palm Oil -- I found one: Miyoko's … Continue reading Battle of the Butters….
Hello, folks. 🙂 Sometimes we find something online that we just need to share, and this blog by Broma Bakery is a perfect example. "How I Stay in Shape as a Professional Baker." It's a long blog that is worth reading to the very end, and it reminded me of a very important truth: enjoy … Continue reading How to Eat…
There were two goodies my Mom always made at the holidays (well, she always made a lot of things, but these two were standards): her Fudge-Filled Italian Cookies and Date Breads. These are the two I also always make at the holidays and while the cookie recipe is a family secret, the Date Bread recipe … Continue reading Traditions with a Healthy Twist
One of my very favorite things is a popover. I only discovered them about 5 years ago, when a friend made them for a birthday party where I was serving a Prime Rib (in this case, they are known as Yorkshire Puddings). They were totally addictive, and I made them a few times after for … Continue reading Recipe Repair: Blueberry Popovers
A few months ago, when rhubarb was out, I discovered Smitten Kitchen's recipe for Rhubarb Crisp Bars -- it's a crisp, but it's a bar, like a cookie. Magical! And they were everything you imagine they would be. I've made them several times since with various fruits and one day, I took up Deb's recommendation … Continue reading Healthy, Crunchy, Breakfast YUM!
Do you have fantasies of baking deep brown, beautiful sourdough breads like you see on Instagram or in the baker's window? With this book, those fantasies can become reality. I've puttered with sourdough baking for about three years on and off. I started with King Arthur's starter and recipes... they were okay, but the starter … Continue reading Review: Emilie Raffa’s Artisan Sourdough Made Simple
There are days when you can eat healthy all day long, and then there are days when you need the richest, most buttery cookie you know of -- dipped in chocolate. Yesterday was one of those days. I'll skip the details, and get to the good part: When the chips are down, there's nothing like … Continue reading Some Days Call for Shortbread
There are a lot of different cooking/baking moods aren't there? There is the "Okay, I guess we need a loaf of bread today" mood or the "I really, really want salted chocolate chip cookies... I NEED SALTED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES" mood. Then, sometimes we want a challenge, right? It's the "How do they do that? … Continue reading In the Mood for Macarons, Part 1