Category Archives: Holidays

Fearless Frying

Abandoning Perfection I stood there in the kitchen with the clock ticking. Being the weekend and the first night of Chanukah, I was contractually obligated to turn out some latkes, but that isn’t so exciting anymore. I wanted something sweet, … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day!

This year’s occurrence of the geeky new tradition, Pi Day, coincided with a rare snow day in the Northeastern U.S. and I had an unlikely opportunity to throw myself into a little baking to celebrate. Cherry Pi’s – As individual, … Continue reading

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Desperation + Inspiration

F@&% it. I’ll just make brownies. It was getting late in the evening, the night before I’d committed to “bake something” (well, yeah…) for a little brunch with friends the next day. I can’t well recall what had kept me … Continue reading

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Mouna

In my renewed adventures with yeast, I got to try out something that’s been intriguing me from a cook book I’ve had for a few years. Mouna It was described as an Algerian bread for Shabbat, though some quick, additional … Continue reading

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The Crown Cream Puffs

I love making cream puffs – they seem to have a great balance between the rich, custardy filling and the choux casing. Also, I believe I have an edge in the game: since I keep chickens, I tend to have extremely … Continue reading

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Heart-ier Palmiers

I wanted a pretty and snackable pastry that could show a little love for my guys. With only minor tweaking, the classic palmier, or elephant ear, can be coaxed into a heart shape and livened-up with raspberry jam. (Too much … Continue reading

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A Shortcake in Winter

I’m getting the Valentine’s bug here and have been taking the opportunity to indulge in all things heart-shaped and red. I wasn’t going to do a strawberry shortcake, but the spouse asked for it, and he almost never asks for … Continue reading

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Cheddar BBQ Pockets

Lately, I’ve been hugely nomming on the flavor combination of cheddar cheese an barbeque sauce. Since I had both on hand, I just had to extend my won ton wrapper research. These were dazzlingly easy to throw together and make … Continue reading

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Fun with Won Ton Wrappers

OK, this Hanukah I challenged myself to park the deep fat fryer on my counter and produce *something* fried every day for a week. Much to everyone’s disappointment, donuts/sufganiyot never materialized (that was before my weak aspirations regarding yeasted things … Continue reading

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Día de los Muertos Cake

I got the opportunity to experiment with covering a cake with modeling chocolate again. Some friends of ours were throwing a Día de los Muertos-themed party. With our hosts planning to dress as a sugar skull bridal party, it seemed … Continue reading

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