Mashing sweet parsnips for patties

The first time I tasted parsnips — and I’m embarrassed to admit that it was not all that long ago — I was astounded. To say that parsnips are like the freshest, sweetest, spiciest carrot is too simplistic. The complexity of a parsnip’s flavor is far more reaching. Slicing into their very . . . → Read More: Mashing sweet parsnips for patties

Baked Sunday Morning: Revisiting what’s best about chocolate chip cookies

I’ve made zillions (and eaten nearly as many) of chocolate chip cookies. I’ve written here before that it was the first recipe I remember baking, climbing on a chair at age seven to assemble my ingredients and make my first batch from the recipe on the back of the yellow Tollhouse  package.

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In the Mix: Sampling some hot chocolate

February was National Chocolate Month, so I took it upon myself to do as much sampling of different forms of chocolate as was humanly (and healthily) possible, including that magic and luxurious elixir of winter — hot chocolate.

I’ve always had a few issues with hot chocolate mixes. One would be the texture . . . → Read More: In the Mix: Sampling some hot chocolate

Scone of the Month: Celebrating a “mile-scone” of 200 posts

Whoa, where do all the hours, flours, butter and keyboard strokes go? As of this writing, A Woman Sconed is now conjuring her 200th post! Why, just the other day, it was my 186th!

I am delighted with disbelief at this “mile-scone,” and, to be honest, when I saw it on the horizon . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Celebrating a “mile-scone” of 200 posts

Baked Sunday Mornings: Lifting the spirits with Lemon Lemon Loaf

When considering the rightness of the Universe, one can look no further than the timing of the lemon. The depth of winter — this year,= dark, cold and freezing from coast to coast — is the height of lemon season. Bright citrus of all kinds, lead by the lovely lemon, proliferate in the . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Lifting the spirits with Lemon Lemon Loaf

Scone of the Month: Inspiring a ‘Linzer’ scone

Self-reflection — in life, in recipes — can be an inspiring thing. I sometimes feel very unoriginal, one of those gals who has always colored inside the lines and followed other people’s recipes. I’m very capable of coming up with my own concepts and witticisms, and I definitely trust my intuition and myself, . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Inspiring a ‘Linzer’ scone

Baked Sunday Mornings: Feeling like a Millionaire’s Shortbread

I don’t need much encouragement to make shortbread. Even after a busy cookie-baking holiday season, the chance of making this simple, homey, buttery favorite treat — whether it comes in a pan or sliced from a roll — appeals to me because making it is simple; eating it is another reward altogether.

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Baked Sunday Mornings: Digging a homemade granola

The timing for making the Easy Homemade Granola for Baked Sunday Mornings couldn’t have been more perfect. First off, the word “easy,” after weeks of holiday cookie and candy making, made my flour-dusty apron strings untangle. Secondly, after weeks of holiday cookie and candy making, the idea of something more healthful (as . . . → Read More: Baked Sunday Mornings: Digging a homemade granola

Bread of the Month: Nodding toward nog in scones

I love the tastes of eggnog…in more than just egg nog. That quintessential combination of cream meeting nutmeg and spice with a bottom note of rum (extract), is appealing to me in any number of things — cookies, truffles and other candies, and in the traditional holiday drink itself. So, given my . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Nodding toward nog in scones

Slicing and baking through the holidays

I’ve been pretty obsessed with slice-and-bake cookies for…awhile. Like many things I become obsessed with, I spend most of my time obsessing and not enough time doing. Every Christmas cookie season, it has been my aim to have a catalog of cookie logs in my freezer, ready to go, so that I would have . . . → Read More: Slicing and baking through the holidays