There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread. But bread making is a complex and often time-consuming task, especially when you add in the extra difficulty of making it gluten-free. That’s why I stopped in my tracks when I found a bagel recipe that used no yeast, proofing time, or water bath. It was an intriguing concept. But could this process really work? Continue reading
Sun’s up, scones out! Summertime is officially here, which means dining al fresco, barbecuing out back, picnicking in parks, and – if you want to be extra fancy – a little tea-timing on the lawn. Just consider: a lush backyard, blue sky, ice tea, and these lemon blueberry beauts. At least, that was my summertime desire after plowing through a solid 40 episodes of The Great British Baking Show in a matter of weeks (no shame!). And thus, this recipe was born. Continue reading
Focaccia is a favorite bread of mine. Whether used as a soup accompaniment or sandwich base, this rustic-looking flatbread easily elevates any meal from basic to sophisticated. And for the baker, it has excellent versatility. Once you have a good focaccia base, you can adapt it in a million ways. Try it with the traditional olive-oil-and-herb topping, or attempt a more elaborate take with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, cheese, or even roasted grapes. Either way, it’s a bread that’s truly great. Continue reading
Opinions on the pumpkin spice craze. Go.
Now, I’m a major pumpkin fan. Whether in latte or pancake form, I enjoy indulging in the many spicy, pumpkin-y creations of fall. But to me, there’s an even more important – and oft forgotten – autumnal debut: the apple.
True, apples exist year-round. So what makes them so special now? The fact is, the apples you see in stores throughout the year – the traditional Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, and Gala – represent only a small fraction of an extensive apple family. And when fall rolls around, the apple varieties rarely seen in other months come to us in full, flavorful force. Continue reading
Never admit mistakes in the kitchen. That was Julia Child’s policy. The famous chef was known for making a few errors herself, but she never apologized. She simply found ways around the various hiccups. During one such mishap on television, Julia failed to flip her potatoes at the right time and they promptly apart. Instead of giving up, she simply exclaimed, “You haven’t lost anything, because you can always turn this into something else!” She then grabbed a hefty amount of cheese and enthusiastically dolloped it on top.
Thank you for this, Julia. Because let’s admit, we all make plenty of errors in the kitchen. Cakes fall, breads don’t rise, muffins overflow. Behind every blog recipe or beautiful Instagram photo, there’s a story of mishap. It happens often to me, and it absolutely drives me up the wall. But you only truly fail when you don’t learn a lesson. So you try again or find a way to make it work. And that’s the story behind this recipe. Continue reading