Chocolate Babka

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This recipe is not for the faint of heart. It’s a two-day process that involves yeast, a fair amount of hands-on time, a stand mixer, and lots of rising. Mine took much longer to rise than the directions indicated, but in the end, I had two beautiful loaves chocolate babka. My boys can’t get enough […]

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Cinnamon Streusel Baked French Toast Sticks

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I made these French Toast sticks recently on a lazy Saturday morning. The boys LOVED them (well, actually, three out of four did). I found them a little too sweet for my liking. They don’t take too long to make because you bake them on a large rimmed cookie sheet, so you’re able to make […]

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English Muffin Bread

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This is a loaf of bread that you can have on the table in about 2 hours. It’s a very easy bread dough to mix, it doesn’t have any fancy ingredients and it makes a nice loaf of bread that will remind you of English muffins. I made this bread one afternoon, and it didn’t […]

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Zvi's Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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Our boys LOVE to eat Pepperidge Farm’s Cinnamon Swirl bread. They’d eat it all the time if we let them. I don’t eat it too much, but I must admit that it’s great toasted with butter. It also makes your kitchen smell great as it’s toasting.

Since baking’s my thing, when I came across a recipe […]

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Pea Pesto Crostini

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I was looking for something to serve to our weekend guests prior to dinner and this was just the ticket.    It’s called pea pesto, but it’s much thicker than any pesto I’ve ever tried, but it was perfect for spreading on crostini.    I could have made these my entire dinner – they were really tasty, […]

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Chickpea, Carrot and Parsley Salad in Homemade Pita Bread

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Ok, this is always what happens when I make something that’s really good, and I want to post it on the blog before we devour it…   the photo’s not so great.  I made this the other night – both the salad and the pita bread, and I thought both were really delicious, especially when you […]

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Shrimp Toast

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I host Christmas Eve dinner every year and I typically put out a platter of shrimp cocktail for an appetizer, but I wanted to do something different this year so I decided to try shrimp toast. I thought they were delicious – a tiny bit on the greasy side because they’re lightly fried in […]

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Naan

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My boys love carbohydrates, and they LOVE naan.   They don’t like any other Indian food, just the bread, but they do love the bread.    I made some just before we left Shelter Island because I had never made bread on the grill before;  it looked like fun.   Although this is a recipe that calls for […]

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Scalloped Tomatoes

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Ok, so this picture doesn’t look so appetizing, but believe me, this recipe is wonderful.   I could probably have eaten all of it in one sitting it was so good.   I made it the other night and served it for dinner with a big green salad.  Yum!   There is an incredible amount of flavor […]

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Ultimate Banana Bread

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This recipe comes from the August 2010 issue of Cooks Illustrated. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy reading the magazine? One recipe is better than the next. I typically try several new recipes from each issue.

When coming up with this recipe, the folks at Cooks Illustrated tried […]

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