No-Knead Pizza Dough

No-Knead Pizza DoughSo, I figured it was about time that I just went ahead and gave No-Knead Pizza Dough its own post.  Every time I toss a pizza recipe at you guys, I link up to the recipe that I use for dough as an afterthought.  But after taking down another fabulous pizza last night, and realizing that this crust is really what we are in love with, I thought it only fair to let it shine all by itself.  So while it’s not exciting, it’s one of the recipes I use over and over and over again in my kitchen. [Read more...]

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Oatmeal Bread

Oatmeal BreadHonestly, is there anything better than a tomato sandwich?  (Ok, I’ll pause now, while you glance up to the top of the post and make sure you read “Oatmeal Bread” right.  You did.  No need to question your sanity, at least for the moment. Watch me bring it back around to the oatmeal bread.) To me, the perfect tomato sandwich consists, obviously, of perfectly ripe homegrown tomatoes, bright red and insanely juicy, a sprinkle of salt, and a hefty smear of mayo all sandwiched between to very lightly toasted pieces of a light, fluffy sandwich bread.  While the tomatoes are obviously the star of the show, all the other elements have to be in the correct proportion to make them really sing.  Isn’t this true of so many things?  So when it comes to making a tomato sandwich, I want to have a sandwich bread that’s just right.  Enter the Oatmeal Bread. (See, you only had to hang in there with me for an entire paragraph to get back to the bread!) [Read more...]

Chocolate Banana Cake with Pecans

DSC_0547It would seem that the internet hardly needs another recipe for banana bread.  Or banana cake.  And it isn’t as though bananas and chocolate are a novel combination, for goodness’ sake.  But I feel like it is my duty to share this banana cake recipe, even if my message of chocolate banana goodness only reaches one person.  Dramatics aside, this cake  is worth making.  I made it on a whim after I saw something similar on A Pastry Affair, and realized I had 4 very ripe bananas in my fridge.

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Blue Sky Bakery Bran Muffins

Blue Sky Bakery Bran MuffinsToday, I ate 4 bran muffins.  And no, this isn’t the beginning of some gross joke.  Me, who isn’t exactly a “bran muffin” type of gal, ate FOUR of the things.  (Admittedly, and without oversharing, I should not have done this. I got carried away and later regretted it for reasons I hope I don’t have to outline for you.)  But they were so good.  I was skeptical about all the talk of these now-famous muffins, because I honestly didn’t think any bran muffin could be all that good.  But I was so wrong. And I’ve never been so regular happy to be wrong. [Read more...]

Herb and Parmesan Foccacia

Parmesan Herb FoccaciaI’m not what you would call a “camper”.

And that sentence, right there, is what anyone who knows me would call an “understatement of the century.” This wouldn’t be noteworthy except for the fact that my husband loves camping.  He dreams of taking family camping trips to places where there’s no electricity or bathrooms (!!!) and thinks that I will, eventually, come around and see reason where camping is concerned.  What he has overlooked is that my dread of camping is completely reasonable.  There are lots of bugs.  The ground is hard.  And no matter what he says, jumping in the lake does NOT equal a shower.  Don’t get me wrong, I like being outdoors.  I love campfires, light (emphasis on light) hiking, and hanging out on a beach.  But I also really enjoy sleeping in a bed and going to the bathroom, you know, in a bathroom. [Read more...]

German Easter Bread (Osterbrot)

German OsterbrotI’m on dangerous ground.  Messing around with family recipes dating back at least 4 generations can be a sure way to find disaster and disappointment. But something had to be done.

For as long as I can remember, my grandma, my mom’s mom, made Easter bread each Easter.  A lemony, almond-swirled sweet loaf: the perfect dessert after a big Easter Sunday meal.  It’s a lovely tradition and a happy memory.  Towards the end of her life, and after she passed away a few years ago, the responsibility of baking the Easter bread has been handed over to me. And this is where the problems began.

German Osterbrot

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Pretzel Rolls

Pretzel RollsIs there anyone who doesn’t love a pretzel roll? To me, the perfect pretzel roll is flavorful, light and fluffy on the inside, with a dark brown, chewy (but not crisp) crust, and a hefty sprinkle of salt on top.  All the best parts of a really good pretzel, but with the versatility and unfussiness of a bun or roll.  They’re easy enough to find in a grocery store these days, but with a few exceptions, they are pretty unremarkable.  Some are too dense, while others are all fluff with no chew to the crust.  Nothing disappoints like the promise of a delicious pretzel roll unfulfilled. [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Hamburger Buns

Quick Homemade Hamburger Buns

I’m going to apologize in advance.  This would have been a better post to share in May, when there was a whole season of burger and hot dog eating ahead of us.  But at least I got it in before the mother of all backyard-barbecue holidays, Labor Day.  I will warn you though- once you start making your own hamburger and hot dog buns, you won’t want to stop.  You won’t be content with those mushy, smushable, sawdust things you are forced to pay 2 bucks for at the grocery store.  Not when you know that you could make your own quicker than you can whip up a batch of potato salad. [Read more...]

Rhubarb and Vanilla Sugar Scones

rhuarb scones

The original name for these scones was, “Naughty Rhubarb Scones”.  Which is appropriate.  I’ve been a bad girl.

I haven’t been feeling very well (summer colds are evil), so when my parents came to pick up my little guy for an outing, my mother sent me back inside with the simple, firm directive: “Rest.”

rhuarb scones

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