Scone of the Month: Stopping to drop a maple-corn biscuit

It’s been colder than usual this winter. I’ll use that (or any) excuse to fire up the oven, morning, noon or night. The side benefits of baking are warming up the house (and spirit) and perfuming the air with something good. 

I came across a recipe in Elizabeth Alston’s “Biscuits and Scones,” (Clarkson . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Stopping to drop a maple-corn biscuit

Roasting a veggie tarte tatin

Amazing, when a recipe can restore one’s faith…in oneself, in taking risks, in trying something new, despite doubts. I tried a recipe recently that, by my accounts, seemed not only unlikely to work but definitely would not work under my hands (even with AWS’s experience at cooking and baking, she still surprisingly . . . → Read More: Roasting a veggie tarte tatin

Scone of the Month: Spinning a new twist on cinnamon rolls

Every holiday season, even as I bake cookies and make candy, my mind is never very far from cinnamon rolls.

I’ve written here before (in my blog post of 12/17) of my mom’s cinnamon roll-making, nearly every Christmas for most of my childhood and beyond, the hours (beginning before any of the rest . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Spinning a new twist on cinnamon rolls

Wintering with an artful salad

It’s nice when making food can transport you…to another time, another place, another person, another season. Even a salad can do this. A salad! Sorry, but I have to admit, I often see salads as boring, and it could be my own fault, as I limit my imagination as far as they . . . → Read More: Wintering with an artful salad

Traveling — via cookies — for the holidays

Every year, as the holidays approach, I study countless cookbooks and recipes that share cookie traditions from other places, and for awhile, I’m overwhelmed in trying to choose which cookies I’m going to make. At a certain point, it gets to be too much — I get behind, and I have to narrow . . . → Read More: Traveling — via cookies — for the holidays

Scone of the Month: Grating a great carrot recipe

As I move scone-ward through the year, I try to look at seasonal flavors when testing out a variety of monthly scone recipes. The tastes of fall run into spices, nuts, earthy and orange-y colors, apples and pumpkins, and yes, carrots!

I’m a huge carrot cake fan, and while this classic dessert can . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Grating a great carrot recipe

Steeping in the recipes beloved by Vincent Price

The name Vincent Price, to most people ,immediately conjures something at the minimal spooky or sinister, at the most the stuff of nightmares. For decades, Price (who died in 1993), with his moody ominous presence (in the characters he portrayed) and THAT VOICE that was at once irresistible and shiver-inducing, made him somewhat . . . → Read More: Steeping in the recipes beloved by Vincent Price

Taking a lighter approach with apple torte

Just what is a torte? I have such limited experience with them. Actually, I have had no experience with them until making my first one recently — an irresistible recipe for Apple Cream Torte seemed to promise a range of many of the things I found delicious in dessert: a cake that was . . . → Read More: Taking a lighter approach with apple torte

Scone of the Month: Adding spice to whole wheat biscuits

Rarely a month passes that I don’t make a biscuit of some kind. They are simply my favorite bread, probably because they are so simple to make (and comforting to eat). I’ve been celebrating the scone all year with recipes each month and decided to honor the biscuit in September, which has been . . . → Read More: Scone of the Month: Adding spice to whole wheat biscuits

Taking a break with Molasses Coffee Cake

Two years ago, Northern California was ablaze the first of two fall seasons where wildfires raged and devastated communities,  and for weeks darkened the skies and filled the air with a smoke that choked and permeated the atmosphere. It was during that first season of fires that, grateful to have a home, but . . . → Read More: Taking a break with Molasses Coffee Cake