Strawberry Rose Compote

We often hear that people who are good in the kitchen are either great cooks or great bakers, but not often both. Of the two, I’m far more comfortable and fluent in savory dishes than in sweet ones. Given the choice between a cheese plate and chocolate cake for dessert, I’ll take the cheese every […]

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. […]

Whole wheat banana redemption (bread)

For months (okay, years), my best friend Kelly and I have been plotting an Ultimate Milwaukee Weekend, wherein Danny and I visit Kelly and her husband Jim in our smaller, more chilled-out sister city to the north and Have A Time.  Though the original idea was born of a possible ploy in the Early Days […]

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