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A weekend in the kitchen

Banana bread on its way into the oven:  After trying out a number of banana bread recipes, this one quickly became our favorite. It is from the Williams-Sonoma cookbook Bread, and is available online as well. What really sets this recipe … Continue reading

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Devil’s Food Cake with Fudge Frosting

In my opinion, things made from scratch taste better than store-bought 99% of the time. A homemade loaf of bread beats one made from a box, homemade cookies beat ones made from a mix, and so on.  Sometimes I look … Continue reading

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Apple Crisp

Sometimes I don’t want to bake something fancy.  Sometimes I just want to throw together a bunch of yummy stuff, without having to worry about exact measurements.  Sometimes I just want something warm and fruity for my afternoon snack. Days … Continue reading

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Ciabatta bread

The soup recipe I was making tonight suggested serving it alongside “plentiful ciabatta bread for dipping.”  I remembered that my new Williams-Sonoma Bread cookbook had a recipe for ciabatta, so I figured why bother buying it when I could make it? … Continue reading

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Italian Almond Tart

The problem with having a baking blog is that when stuff doesn’t come out right, you feel an extra dose of embarrassment. Bad enough Kevin saw how bad this tart was, but now everyone on the internet will as well.  True, … Continue reading

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Chocolate Mint Whoopie Pies

I wasn’t going to bake anything before we left for our Christmas vacation. And then we decided to do Kevin’s birthday tonight, rather than bring his gifts from me to Texas with us. And then I felt bad that he … Continue reading

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Bacon and Gruyere Muffins

The fact of the matter is that a typical package of bacon is more than Kevin and I can eat before it goes bad. Not that we don’t love bacon, but we try to be semi-healthy.  So when I still … Continue reading

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