Naan – Indian Flat Bread

  Homemade Naan just off the griddle and slathered with butter or wrapped around grilled meat, or used as a utensil to scoop up a spicy tikka masala and coriander chutney.  So soft, tender, and delicious. This is why I make my own naan at home. Who could resist this traditional flat bread from India?  You don’t even […]

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Sweet Dough Disguised as Cinnamon Rolls

What if there was a yeasted sweet dough that could be made ahead, frozen, thawed, filled, shaped into sweet or savory baked goods, and then freshly baked off.  All, without waking up at 4 am to complete when hosting friends or family this holiday season.  Guess what there is and I have the recipe for […]

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Bad to the De-bone!

“What is that?”  Was the question from my family this Thanksgiving as I readied the turkey for the oven.  This year, the turkey preparation wasn’t very traditional.  Instead of roasting the turkey whole on the bone.  I decided to de-bone and trussed two turkeys.  Why would I do this?  Well knowing we would be hosting twenty-four family members I wanted the […]

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Old School Pie Dough | The Proof Is In The Crust?

‘Easy as Pie!’  A saying that we all have heard before, but for many home bakers why does making a tender, flaky, crisp, and oh so rich and buttery pie dough remain so elusive? Is it the recipe?  Is it the ingredients?  Is it the skill of the baker?  The answer is yes to all of the […]

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Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook: Merry Christmas Cookies

Even though I didn’t grow up celebrating Christmas.  I still made these cookies…learning to bend the rules at a early age…using non-Christmas cutters. This is from the Rolled Cookies section of the book. Note: I’m writing this exactly as written with (my notes) in the book. Rolled Cookies: Gay shapes….for holiday and year ’round cheer. Merry […]

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Cooking and Baking is Subjective

This past weekend I read an article in the Sunday New York Times Magazine: “Cooking Isn’t Creative, And It Isn’t Easy” by Alex Halberstadt where he interview Christopher Kimball of Cook’s Illustrated & Cook’s Country magazines. The quote “Cooking Isn’t Creative, And It Isn’t Easy” from Mr. Kimball was used as the title.  Provoking to say the least for anyone […]

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