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!    […]

cooking, recipes

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. […]


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: 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 […]