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. […]

Baked eggs

BEFORE WE START:  I wrote the bulk of this post back in late March, right after we moved into the new house.  Though I am happy to report our weather has vastly improved, the recipe, you will find, is no less relevant. I recently made a playlist called Blinding Sun.  It’s inspired by, well, the […]

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 […]

Le Mac Meilleur

I spent the majority of this long holiday weekend in the fold of my family.  My cousin was visiting from California with her adorable and hilarious three-year-old, and my mementos of the weekend consist mainly of scary-good iPhone self-portraits of said toddler, two (painfully sticky) Hello Kitty stickers, and an amazing haircut (from my cousin, […]

Chocolate cinnamon cake, take 2

So there’s something I haven’t told you. After that first foray into squidgy chocolate-spice rapture back in February, I made another attempt at that chocolate cinnamon cake.  I resolved to change two things:  I would not use a Bundt pan this time, opting for the classic (and recommended) loaf shape; I would also not double […]

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