I just returned from my favorite week of the year! Every year at the end of July I am lucky enough to participate in a camp for kids of all ages, some even older than me. 120 of us set up a village in the woods complete with a vegetarian kitchen under a shelter, a … More Leftovers, leftovers!
It’s that time of year when I start thinking about pie. I almost get obsessed which would be fine if I had the time to bake pie all day. Last year I posted about a Blueberry Pie just in time for Father’s Day. This year I am a few days late and a pie crust … More What Looks Like a Pie, but Isn’t?
Most bakers use all-purpose flour for almost everything they make at home. In the professional bakeshop we would use four different kinds of flour. Each type of flour had its own set of properties, making it best for the baking product for which it was used. As I have been working with different gluten-free flour … More Not All Flours are Created Equal
Well, it is Thursday, so let’s step back in time to the 1800’s for this one. That seems to be the era most noted when looking for info on the origin of mousse as a dessert, though I believe it was probably being served way before that. The first official recipe citing seems to have … More Three Good Reasons to Whip up Some Mousse
This time, inspiration sprang from a bunch of over ripe bananas. At first, it was just going to be banana bread, with a few chocolate chips thrown in for good measure. But something happened. I had a vision of swirls of chocolate banana bread mixed in with the regular banana bread. Sort of like a marble … More What a difference a pan makes!
Prologue: When I was about ten years old I used to visit my grandparents for a week or two in the summer. My mother’s parents were German and my father’s were Dutch-Danish. I loved to cook and, luckily, so did both my grandmothers. One summer, my Dutch-Danish grandmother, Grandma Gert, taught me to make raspberry … More Here’s the Story, of a Little Baker…
Last night I was texting friends during the Academy Awards, just like everybody else on the planet, and one of my best friends let me know she had made chocolate chip cookies that did not turn out. So sad! I promised to share my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, so here it is. Here is the thing … More And the Award for Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Goes To…
Now that you are here and before we get into the “how to” I hope you have noticed how beautiful the new website is. Sleek, clean, functional, a little less artsy than before, but hey, changes is good. Now down to the reason you stopped by. Recently, I had situation with my cast iron Dutch … More Time for a Makeover: The Best Way to Seasoning your Cast Iron Cookware
If you can find a good gluten-free baking mix that you like then by all means use the commercial product. I have found Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour to be very good and it is what I used before I started making my own. You can also make your own gluten-free mixture using the following … More DIY Gluten-Free Baking Mix
But when is enough – enough? Really? I know what you are thinking. Get over it. Go to the store and just buy some chocolate – but no! It’s so much fun to mess around with the different levels of cocoa and to add stuff to the chocolate bars and to master tempering the chocolate. … More Enough with the Chocolate Bars Already!
Yes, that is me, I am guessing I was about 3 ish… I found this photo in with some others which my mom had set aside for me. There are more of these iconic images of me whipping up culinary delights. I promise to share. I have no idea what I was making. Probably just … More Now what is she making???
If you have not already started to do your holiday baking – don’t worry! There is still plenty of time to complete the Holiday Cookie Baking Marathon! I have been doing it for years and this year, though I had a little head start, I was sidetracked by a family emergency. So now, I am … More The Holiday Cookie Baking Marathon Begins!