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Gingerbread ring

I don’t care what the groundhog said, winter is going to be hanging around a while longer. I’ve been shuffling around in my fuzzy slippers and fleece scarf, and I’m still cold.  But there is nothing like the spicy aroma of gingerbread wafting through the house to warm you up. (A cup of tea doesn’t… read more

Finding recipe inspiration on Pinterest

Do you have a Pinterest problem? Do hours go by while you scroll through pages of fabulous outfits, pretty craft projects, beautifully designed rooms, and mouthwatering food? It can happen to the best of us. Like anything else on the Internet, Pinterest can be a time waster or a useful tool. I try to avoid… read more

White sandwich bread

I tend to go on and on about the benefits of no-knead bread dough, so much that it has possibly been a year or more since I baked a loaf of bread the old-fashioned way. Yesterday, after a disastrous batch of no-knead multigrain bread (sometimes my experiments with the base recipe don’t turn out so… read more

Tea cake

For those of us (Americans) for whom “tea” or “coffee” is not the name of a meal, even we get the urge for tea time in the cold of winter. What’s better on a Sunday afternoon, when brunch is a distant memory, but it’s still too early for dinner? Some warm drinks, a few snacks,… read more

Best quiche crust

If you’ve conquered your fear of pastry dough, you may have tried blind baking a crust for a pie or quiche. Roll it, chill it, line with foil and weights, and bake. In my experience, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Since I usually make all-butter doughs, more often than not, my beautifully crimped crust… read more

New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party

It’s New Year’s Eve, and since our days of going out on the town to celebrate are long gone, we’re staying in and celebrating with family and friends. New Year’s Eve seems like the perfect time to forego the sit-down dinner, and instead have a selection of fancy appetizers to go with some fun cocktails… read more

Holiday gifts for teachers

At holiday time, many of us feel called to give a little something to our children’s teachers and coaches as a small token of appreciation for the huge impact they have on our children’s lives. Every teacher I know treasures a handwritten note from parents and students, but if you want to include a treat… read more

Cookie pops

What is it about treats on a stick that makes them so much more fun? Cake pops, corn dogs…there is an entire cookbook dedicated to food on a stick! I finally tried making cookie pops as party favors for my son’s 5th birthday, and they were a big hit with the little guys. They were… read more

Baking for coffee lovers

Are you one of those people who stumbles out of bed and staggers straight to the coffee pot before you even hit the shower? Me, too. I’m not above having a couple more cups before noon. (After that I switch to tea.) Even if you’re not an acolyte of the sacred bean, you probably know… read more

Top five tips for stress-free holiday baking

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, are you shaking in your oven mitts at the prospect of all the holiday baking you think you should be doing? Never fear, my baking friend. Smart planning and a small investment of time early in the season will pay big dividends in the end. Here are my five favorite… read more