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Irish Soda Bread – Recipe

Irish Soda Bread

Irish soda bread is great to have in your arsenal. It it is leavened with baking soda and buttermilk instead of yeast, so you can go from conception to hot bread on the table in under an hour, with only a few minutes of active work. It adapts beautifully to being made …

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Madeleines With Munchkins – Baking With Children

Madeleine cookies – or really, teacakes

My goal for this post is to write about madeleines without mentioning Proust (again).

Mini-me is obsessed with those little packets of three madeleines sold at the Starbucks’ register, so I asked if she’d like to make them at home some day. Of course the answer was yes. Remembering that Heidi …

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Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Muffins From The “Farm To Table Cookbook” – Recipe

Cherry-Pumpkin Seed Muffins From The "Farm To Table Cookbook" – Recipe

Sarina gave me this beautiful new book, the The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally by Northwest author Ivy Manning for our anniversary. It is organized by seasons, with an emphasis on ingredients that you might find at a farmer’s market, and …

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Caramelized Raisin Sauce ala Michael Laiskonis

Michael Laiskonis is the executive pastry chef at Le Bernardin. He also manages to write two blogs in his "spare" time, which is awe inspiring. His Notes From The Kitchen tend to be somewhat philosophical, while the recently launched Workbook contains more off-the-cuff ideas. Both are required reading as far as I'm concerned.

Today in the …

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Spectacular Chocolate and Espresso Brownies – Recipes

Brownies of course are one of those topics that cleave the population along multiple dimensions. Cakey or fudgy? Love the middle or the edges? Celtics or Lakers? Nuts or no nuts?

For me, I like more of a cakey brownie, but it has to be very moist and dense cake. Middle. Celtics!!! I like nuts, but …

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Recipe: Chewy Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes in life you just want a big, warm plate of chocolate-chip cookies, and sometimes you want oatmeal chocolate-chip. At least that’s what Sarina and her Mom tell me :).

I started with  this recipe from Panthera and applied my usual cookie tweaks (more salt, more chocolate, chill the dough) with good results. I …

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Recipe: Sesame Corn Muffins

Sesame Corn Muffins

[See the improved version of these sesame corn muffins.]

I'm completely crazy for corn. Corn on the cob, corn sautees, tofu corndogs, and of course cornbread and corn muffins. Mini-me and I were plotting some of those muffins the other morning, and the inspiration struck to add sesame seeds. Sesame and corn go great together, …

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