Apple Cake

Reading this thing lately, you’d think I’m a sweets person. Moreover, if we’re doing a close read, you’d think I’m a pastry person. But you know me, and you know I’m neither. I’m a savory person, 100%. But there’s something in the fall air that makes me want to bake stuff. And, admittedly, there were also […]

2nd Annual Pie Lab

Of all the things my dad hung on to from his college years – including a love of gorges, 70s smart-kid fraternity humor, and a deep affection for glee club music – it’s a rumpled, stained, typewritten worksheet entitled “Apple Pie Lab” that I hope our family never, ever loses track of.  You see, though […]

Apricot Mint (or any) Galette

NOTE:  as with so many summer posts, this one got half written (and all photographed), then our social/family/work/home calendar would strike.  In Chicago, it’s a chilly 52 today, and reading through this post makes me nostalgic already for a summer that barely just ended, but excited for autumn.  The great thing about pastry:  it’s seasonless. […]

Ritual: buttermilk spice bread

Every year, my mom makes bread for the fall and winter.  It’s not bread-bread; I suppose it’s what you’d call quick bread, whose only likeness to actual bread is that it’s baked in a loaf pan.  Because quick breads are really just cakes.  But in loaf form.  So, you know, they’re at least quasi-acceptable as […]

Pizza dough

I have a new best friend. It’s the pizza dough I have learned to make. There is just something so… relaxing (?) about a pizza night, especially during the workweek.  Maybe it’s the fact pizza is often reserved for weekend nights in, whether homemade, picked up, or delivered, eaten alongside people you really like, while […]

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