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 […]

Shortcake

On Friday, I made shortcakes.  It seemed like the only right thing to do, considering we were also in possession of some cream laced with Chinese five spice and vanilla, then whipped up fluffy, and some of the best berries I had had since last summer. The shortcakes occurred to me as I stood in […]

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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