French Gougères

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My mother sent me this recipe the other day.   These cheese puffs are a popular French hors d’oeuvre and a specialty of the Burgundy region of France.   They’re typically made with Gruyere cheese which is one of my favorites for cooking (and eating!)   I’m told they go well with a nice glass of red wine.

These […]

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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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Shortbread Cookies

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I made these cookies for a PTA meeting the other night and they were a big hit. The shortbread recipe is nice and easy. I’m always amazed that shortbread cookies don’t have any eggs or baking soda/powder in them. I found that these cookies were delicious both with and without the […]

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Sugar-Crusted Popovers

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You dip anything in sugar and you’ve got my attention.

I’ve been looking at a couple of popover recipes lately, and I actually made one the other night with my son that was a big flop.   What were supposed to be nice, puffy, savory popovers turned out to be short, dense hockey pucks.   I’m not exactly […]

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Parmesan Cheese Crackers

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Mark Bittman is one of my favorite chefs.  I love his no-nonsense approach and his very simple recipes.   I made these crackers in about 20 minutes the other day.   It took about 10 minutes to get the dough ready and another 10 minutes to cook them.   My boys ask me to make them all the […]

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Classic Dinner Rolls

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Once I started to make no-knead bread and cream biscuits, I decided to get more adventurous in my bread making.   I felt that with a little patience,  yeast might actually become my friend after being disagreeable for so many years.   If you’ve read any of my other posts, you probably know that I have four […]

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Krumkake

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Ever since Thanksgiving, things have been a whirlwind around here and consequently I haven’t posted in a while. In addition, I also made a bunch of recipes that weren’t worthy of posting, but that changed today!

One of my sons had a holiday party in his classroom today and the theme was “An International […]

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No Knead Bread

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After so many miserable failures with yeast, I was ready to completely throw in the towel until I decided to give it one last shot using this recipe.  The recipe  should really be called “Bread for Dummies”. It’s the easiest thing in the world to make, and I found that time, not talent […]

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Cream Biscuits and a Giveaway!

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I LOVE biscuits. I love almost any bread product, but I haven’t had much luck making them because most of them require yeast which I always have trouble with, or difficult instructions that call for cutting in butter and things like that. Well, if you like biscuits like I do and want […]

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