Here in this house we are firmly divided when it comes to cookies, which can be a bit of an issue when I want to please everyone with a single batch. Some of us are lovers of oatmeal raisin, and the remainder swear by chocolate chip. My chocolate chip fanatics are easier, because they’re not picky. Soft, chewy, or with a bit of crunch—the only requirement is those bits of chocolate.
For me, the perfect cookie starts with oatmeal, and to that gets added some chewy bits. Raisins are fine, of course, but kind of ho-hum. For a truly memorable cookie, I go with currants, and then I toss in some pecans or almonds for a crunchy finish. These are best baked up soft yet chewy – and heavenly if you can sneak a few while still warm from the oven.
So which will it be today: chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin? Since I am the baker, I get to choose. Isn’t it obvious? Oatmeal raisin, of course.
I am sure I have mentioned before, that we eat a lot of eggs for dinner here. Sometimes it’s a quick and easy frittata – like this Broccolini Frittata today, or maybe eggs Benedict with blender hollandaise, always a hit. And, my all time favorite – toast with smashed avocado, a sprinkle of lemon juice,… Continue reading
Usually, I have this crazy notion that the baked goods I post here should be over the top, drool worthy, confections. When really, sometimes you just want a nice little loaf. A basic recipe that doesn’t involve sourcing hard to find ingredients, especially those you have to order online, and then wait for delivery. Nope, this… Continue reading
For most, the thought of international travel lends a feeling of excitement and wonder. For me, I usually default to thinking “what the heck am I going to eat?” Really, off to Bormio Italy to ski the Alps, and I am worried about food? Well, yes. I lost 5 lbs a few years ago while… Continue reading
This Coconut Banana Loaf today is for my friend Lynda. Her son was recently diagnosed with many food allergies, and she is feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the restrictions. Baking without gluten, eggs, milk, nuts, almond flour (which I love to bake with), also no corn or soy. Phew! That’s hard. However, I do… Continue reading
I have confessed in the past, to discussing dinner options while eating breakfast, which I think is smart if you have to think about defrosting or running to the market if you need a few more items. I have not shared though, that I tend to discuss how to make — insert any dinner/… Continue reading
There are a few gluten-free baked items that really intimidate me. Croissants, Angle Food Cake and Cinnamon Rolls, for some reason they have always seemed daunting to me. And, today I have finally ticked one off the list. Gluten Free Cinnamon Buns – as it turns out, not very hard to make at all. In fact… Continue reading
Knowing me, you would expect a really healthy recipe today, to help un-do all the merry making we have been up to for which feels like months. Never have I experienced a Holiday Season with so many parties, with Christmas on a Friday, and New Years Eve falling on Thursday, it was easy to… Continue reading
When Holiday baking, don’t you feel you have to raise the bar a bit? Everyday oatmeal craisin cookies, while good, feel like a Monday morning snack. banana bread, a great accompaniment to a bagged lunch. Even my best lemon ricotta cheesecake, which is a favorite for dinner parties, just doesn’t feel special enough. So, I made… Continue reading
Okay, I was handed a challenge today. A dear friend’s son has been having serious digestive issues, their Doctor suggested a version of the candida diet, which means basically no sugars or most grains. He is 15 years old, and very active in sports, so starving all the time of course. Could I possibly develop… Continue reading
I had an incredibly hard decision to make this week. To which, I gave many hours of thought, did some web surfing looking for inspiration; and leafed through many, many old-fashioned books. If you ask me to bring dessert to Thanksgiving, I do not take that task lightly. It’s crucial to the day, don’t you think?… Continue reading
For the last two weeks, I have been trying to share with you a recipe for Pumpkin Loaf. Seemed easy — yet, it took three attempts to pull it off. The first loaf, I just used my perfect Banana Bread recipe and doctored it up a bit, replacing the banana with pumpkin and adding… Continue reading
So, last month I shared with you that I was intimidated by the thought of making gluten-free pizza. Now, however, I am turning them out weekly. Why? What changed? Well, I figured out that my goal wasn’t to try to make a gluten-free pizza that tastes exactly like regular pizza. It was to just make a… Continue reading
Okay, I have been debating whether I should share this Spatchcocked Chicken recipe with you. Not because it’s too complicated to make — just the opposite. And, not because it contains pricey or hard to find ingredients — geez it’s just a whole, albeit organic, chicken with a few fingerling potatoes and a handful of Brussels… Continue reading
Most of you know that I don’t usually post recipes that are long on ingredients, time-consuming or laborious. This pizza does not fall into those categories per se, it just requires time, 6-8 hours specifically. Yep, that might be a deal breaker, I know. But, it is really worth it. If you are craving shattering… Continue reading
About once a year my husband invites some of his co-workers over for dinner, to discuss their upcoming business endeavors. This time it was six men, my husband and myself. I had weeks of notice, so I wasn’t really worried about the menu. With that many men (none vegetarian) naturally, I veered to steak. Specifically,… Continue reading
While I sometimes think I possess the courage and ability to conquer almost any recipe that comes my way, I must confess I was a tad bit intimidated to tackle artichokes. For me, they fell into the same category as homemade croissants, or a souffle. Technically, I could make them, but, I just wasn’t interested. Lately… Continue reading
A few days ago, I was scanning Pinterest and saw this recipe. Since then, I could think of nothing else until I made it. That seems to happen a lot. With a dip in temperature, it wasn’t so daunting to get the oven going again — it really was perfect timing. Also, we have… Continue reading
When my kids were really little they ate most everything I cooked without complaint. Really, friends were jealous, always asking for tips to get their kids to consume just the basic food groups, never mind the mustard crusted salmon or garlicky zucchini gratin my kids would devour. The only thing they refused to eat was… Continue reading
In the last 4 years that I have been posting here, you would think I would have explored a gluten free version of every food imaginable. Well, it seems I have been holding out on you — I have been avoiding pizza. Sure, I posted a cauliflower pizza awhile back — all the blogs were. It gets… Continue reading
A dear friend of mine is getting married today. At our quaint, old, campy club where the grass rolls down to meet the lake. The forecast is 72 degrees, partly sunny with a slight breeze. Could it be more perfect? Only glitch was that the caterer does not bake gluten-free — that means she cannot… Continue reading