Tag: baking


Pumpkin Bread

There’s something very Christmas-y about baking a loaf of pumpkin bread. It fills the house with the aroma of those winter-warm spices while it’s cooking, and afterwards, becomes the oh-I’ll-just-sneak-a-taste snack cake you just need to have lying around over […]


Pear Upside Down Cake

What to do with an impressive pear harvest? Well, pear sauce, for sure (that recipe is coming), and some kind of dessert. Right? Right. Pear upside down cake it is, then. I liked this recipe from Food & Wine’s Thanksgiving […]


Blueberry Cake

Once again, Dorie Greenspan is a genius. This simple, plain blueberry cake is easy and delicious. Dorie considers it good for breakfast, lunch or brunch, but tell you what: it’s nice with a bit of ice cream on top after […]


Peanut Butter Blondies

A snowy Saturday at the farm, so Samantha and I take to the kitchen. On the agenda, peanut butter blondies, from a sweet new cookbook called Wintersweet that focuses on the flavors of winter. Normally I just give Sam a […]


Meyer Lemon Cake Recipe

The recipe is at the end of the post. But first, a few pots, some lemon juice, a couple tablespoons of hazelnuts, and a spatula of cake batter, and you’ve got quite a New Year’s morning on your hands!    […]

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Christmas Cookies with Samantha

Well, she’s a little young yet. But she really likes what parts she can do! After a dreadful afternoon of crying, crying, crying, she settled down enough to quite enjoy a little rolling and cutting. We tried gingerbread. It was […]

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Parker House Rolls

I never thought I could make bread! Not that this is real bread… it’s just rolls. But still! I made rolls! Ingredients. I was inspired by this stunning photo in Bon Appetit, my new Bible, and thought I’d try them […]

Swedish Visiting Cake

Swedish Visiting Cake

Dorie Greenspan’s Baking book is a real treasure. Take this little gem, for instance, which gets its name from her friend Ingela’s mother, who used to “claim that you could start making it when you saw guests coming up the […]


Cornbread Recipe

This cornbread recipe by Ruth Reichl was super-easy and came out great the very first time. I’m rewriting it to double it, though, because hers is more for corn muffins and I am just never going to make corn muffins. […]

Baking with Samantha: Chocolate Madeleines

Baking with Samantha: Chocolate Madeleines

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, so Samantha and I are making Chocolate-Orange Madeleines. Well, I am making Chocolate-Orange Madeleines. Samantha is banging her big spoon on the metal bowl. I must admit, this was not my favorite recipe, though, so I […]


Irish Soda Bread

For Saint Patrick’s Day, Tom made a loaf of Irish Soda Bread, and it was utterly delicious. Not too sweet, not too dry. Best part is that the recipe comes from his grandmother, who was from County Kerry. He was […]


Recipe: Candied Grapefruit Peel

What a sweet winter treat. With all the Red Cooper grapefruit we’ve been eating — and drinking — I took a cue from Irene and candied some of the peel. What a way to make the citrus season last even […]


Recipe: Honey-Spiced Madeleines

I’m a huge fan of Dorie Greenspan’s recipes. So when I came across one that sounded just perfect for this Christmas — do-ahead but still festive — I jumped. Her Honey-Spiced Madeleines, found in Around My French Table, also have […]


Recipe: Plum and Walnut Tart

SCF fans might say, “What? Another plum tart recipe? The one from Ina Garten isn’t good enough?” Well, indeed it is. But like any curious cook, sometime we like to see what else is out there. Some people might call […]

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Lemon Tart with a Layer of Chocolate

This fancy lemon tart with a surprise layer of chocolate hiding beneath its sheen has become somewhat of a tradition at Easter dinner. It’s just so darn festive, isn’t it? The original recipe, from Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques, […]


Recipe: Rugelach

This December, I worked with a chef at the Culinary Institute of America to put together a holiday cookie article. He came up with the recipes, and we asked for variations on those. So with three basic doughs, you ended […]


Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

These are very easy and fast to put together. The recipe comes from Martha Stewart, and it’s really tasty. I skimped on the cayenne, afraid some people would find them too spicy. Don’t. It barely registered. You need the full amount. […]


Apple-Pear Crisp

I have found a gold standard for crisps: a nutty, dark topping with plenty of oats and nuts, and a snappy, bright filling with lemon and ginger. I just love the contrasts of both tastes — high notes of lemon […]


Recipe: Blueberry Cobbler

The first blueberry cobbler I did this summer was completely made from our own blueberries. Of course that one was the best; not even the farmers market berries taste as good as ones you grow yourself. But this recipe is […]


Recipe: Creme Fraiche Ice Cream

I got a bee in my bonnet about having some creme fraiche ice cream to go with all the good fruit and pies we’ve been having, and that’s not something they have in the freezer aisle at the store. So […]


Recipe: Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Sarah turned me on to the Smitten Kitchen web site, where there are a lot of good vegetarian recipes and tons and tons of sweets. That girl likes to bake! I normally don’t like to bake, but these cookies are […]