Category Archives: baking

Boulangerie at Home

I may have found the perfect winter quarantine book. This is a mechanic’s handbook to creating perfect boulangerie–croissants, brioche sucre, apple tarts, vienna rolls, and all sorts of bread loaves. Those delicious things you used to enjoy in the bakery … Continue reading

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All About Dolci

If your mother cooks Italian food, why should you go to a restaurant? Martin Scorsese This is my eternal dilemma–standing in front of a pastry case and wanting one bite of everything. Someday I will buy one of everything and … Continue reading

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CHoWline–Dessert, A Tale of Happy Endings

Dessert has a long history, even though it wasn’t always dessert. It began as an in-between course, meant to delight the eye and spark the palate. In some forms, it was even considered medicinal–an aid to digestion and a way … Continue reading

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Savor the South–Pie

I do 45 minutes of cardio five days a week, because I like to eat. I also try for 45 minutes of muscular structure work, which is toning, realigning and lengthening. If I’m prepping for something or I’ve been eating … Continue reading

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An exhibition, not a contest, so…no wagering

I know some people treat cookie swaps as contests, but ours is more an excuse to get together, drink champagne, and laugh. Everyone lays out their contributions on the table–I find it easier to enter a party with a task, … Continue reading

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Cookie Swap

Half the fun of cookie swap (for me) is coming up with the invitation. This year I was inspired by the best. How’d I do? (I had help from my photoshop expert)   Wish you all could come!

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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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