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Low Country Sweet Potato Salad

I sometimes enjoy reading and trying reader recipes, and most definitely knew I would like Low Country Sweet Potato Salad submitted to a Cook’s Illustrated magazine, Cook’s Country, by Veronica Callaghan. I love sweet potatoes, and any time I find recipes for them – especially when they are roasted – I try them. And this []

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Daring Baker Challenge February 2013: Crispy Rye Crackers

Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie was our February 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to use our creativity in making our own Crisp Flatbreads and Crackers!   Crackers are kind of near and dear to my heart.  Over the recent years, I’ve made more of them than ever before, in []

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Onion Jam: The stuff obsessions are made of.

It really is no surprise that the onion is one of the oldest vegetables in the world. It is a vital base of so many different foods, and can be found in almost every culture’s foodstuffs. Every time I saute them, I think of a study I read a long time ago that ranked them []

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Mustard and Muffins

A frequent sight around my kitchen are magazines with marked recipes, a case in point:The top of this stack was from a year ago already, and was found when attempting to de-clutter some organized, obviously, but overwhelming stacks of recipes to try in my hutch cabinet. I confess that I actually have a problem getting []

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Test Driving Yeasted Beer Bread

I was more than excited when Jeremy at Northern Brewer asked me to try making his yeasted beer bread recipe. Lately, I have been so obsessed with Christmas baking and one-pot meals that I feel that I haven’t been overly creative when it comes to kitchen experiments. This experiment confirmed that not only do I []

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Meanwhile

One thing about keeping a project such as a food blog: I sometimes feel obligated to post something, even if I don’t particularly feel like it. Usually this feeling of urgency happens when days span into a whole week of silence on the page. It’s certainly not because there has been no cooking and/or baking []

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Bagels. Cream Cheese. Happiness.

I notice from time to time that I think I’ve written more often than I have. I do not keep a bank of written ideas, or a list of things I’d like to discuss. Rather, I keep a mental catalog of sentences I like and a list of things I’d like to make and then []

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Chocolate Sourdough Cake Redux

It’s really a nice feeling that I have not discarded any sourdough starter in well over a month. A steady appetite for experimentation (and pancakes) uses up any surplus with ease. My palate is curiously adapting to less sweet and less refined desserts although, you would never know it come Daring Baker reveal day on []

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Homemade: Raw Almond Milk

Yesterday, I got it in my head to make almond milk. I know I have serious problems with experimentation when a mere mention in a conversation with my Mom had me thinking that I could make it at home. In fact, most of today was consumed with kitchen experiments, some of which will have to []

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Butter Tortillas.

I’m sure you’ve heard we are once again living in the golden age of butter.  Butter makes everything better, and I can’t tell you how liberating it is to just use it without the guilt of the low-fat ’90’s plaguing me.  My whole outlook on fat has obviously changed for the better over the past []

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Sourdough Surprises March 2013: Cake!

It was funny that cake was the sourdough theme of the month for the Sourdough Surprises baking group.  Just before the announcement,  my friend (and all-around good, real food maven) Holly was talking about some amazing changes she made to a chocolate sourdough cake.  It took me a few days to realize that the []

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Drinking Horchata.

The first time I ever had horchata was about 10 years ago with my friend Frankee. We were at a little Mexican place in Kankakee, Illinois, and her husband ordered a pitcher for us to share. She actually didn’t drink it, since she doesn’t like it, but I was hooked. Ever since, I usually ask []

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Daring Baker Challenge May 2012: Challah

May’s Daring Bakers’ Challenge was pretty twisted – Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to make challah! Using recipes from all over, and tips from “A Taste of Challah,” by Tamar Ansh, she encouraged us to bake beautifully braided breads.I have never made challah before, but was thrilled at the idea of making []

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Sourdoughizing: Applesauce Cake

It’s actually been a long time since I’ve made dessert with my sourdough starter. It used to be, that I felt so guilty about my excesses of starter that I was attempting to put it in everything. But, that was before the perfection of sourdough pancakes. Now, most mornings the Kiddo tiptoes into the kitchen []

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