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Challah Me… Why Not Take Challah Me

Cleverly braided challah

The year draws towards a close with lots of family coming and going, and Hannukah to celebrate. There have been latkes and more to come, but I haven’t baked challah in a while. The snowy streets gave us a good reason to make our own instead of buying from one of Seattle’s excellent …

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I Like You (Hospitality Under the Influence), by Amy Sedaris – Cookbook Review with Recipe for Greek Koulourakia Cookies

Koulourakis (Greek cookies with cardamom)

For those of you who aren’t familiar with her work (most famously Strangers With Candy), Amy Sedaris is crazy. Bug f’ing nuts. Mad as a hatter.

While most of us who came of age in the late 60′s and early 70′s raced away from the aesthetics and values of that time, Ms. …

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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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Corn Cake with Camembert, Cherries, and White Honey

Corn Cake with Camembert, Cherries, and White Honey

Cherries are in full storm here in the northwest. Mostly we just like to eat them out of hand, many pints at a time. While laying in a cherry-induced stupor, red juice drooling like some sort of befruited Dracula, I set to pondering whether I could …

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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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Summer Risotto With Corn And Zucchini – Recipe

Summery risotto with corn, zucchini, and tomato oil

One of the great things about risotto is that it is a blank canvas on which you can paint the produce of any place and season.  Restaurants tend to make the same stereotyped combinations over and over again, but don't let that limit your options!

I needed a light …

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Nectarine and Blueberry Tart – Why I Am Not A Pastry Chef

Nectarine and Blueberry Tart

I made this tart with the idea that I’d write a post about how simple it is to make this beautiful and delicious dessert. It is, though it does take a bit of time. Just look up a recipe for a pâte sablée dough and pastry cream, use perfectly ripe fruit and …

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