Category Archives: baking

It’s Indian Pudding Season, Motherf***ers

McSweeneys and Colin Nissan, please don’t sue me. Ok, there’s no need to get aggressive, but I continue to believe that this dessert has not gotten its due. And while we mark Thanksgiving with a huge basin of this mess, … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–Sweet Stuff

It’s county fair time, an opportunity for the nicest competition there is, the baking contest. Up your game with these books, reviewed for Cookbook Digest. Bake with Anna Olsen will give you some pro tips to ensure your genoise is … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Cordon Bleu Baking I

I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life. Martha Stewart And if you run a good empire, perhaps you’ll … Continue reading

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The Viennese Kitchen

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood. Alfred Schnittke In its culture and life, … Continue reading

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Springtime Food Traditions at the Sandy Spring Museum

  A fun time last night at the Sandy Spring Museum, talking about springtime food traditions. A close look  at the seasonal cycles, the foods we eat, and the holidays we celebrate, reveals ancient fears of famine and death. From Demeter and … Continue reading

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Patisserie at Home

The fine arts are five in number, namely: painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and architecture, the principal branch of the latter being pastry. –Antonin Careme I used to repeat this quote to wind up my architect husband, but now I totally get it. In … Continue reading

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CHoWline–Cake, A Slice of History

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but Alysa Levene proves a cake is never just a cake. In each slice she finds issues of economics, technology, cultural symbolism, and gender roles–really gives you something to chew on! If you’re … Continue reading

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