Cinnamon Rolls for the New Year

The last six weeks of 2012 came and went.  Endings and beginnings hit with a bang all at the same time.  Several life changing decisions presented themselves.  Amongst the craziness, time was carved out on New Year’s day to start on a fresh, healthy and taste-so-good-you-can’t-eat-just-one note.  That note was a high cord belting out […]

Walnut Fig Bread for Fall

Nuts. I’ve come into walnuts the last few weeks and lots of them.  Perfect timing for the Twelve Loaves October challenge which is all about nuts, seeds and grains incorporated into home baked bread.  There are just times you feel like a nut…or a seed…or a grain! My quick bread is partly the result of […]

Clafoutis- Would Julia Cringe?

Tuesday would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday.  People everywhere paid homage making her favorite dishes and desserts.  I reveled in stories throughout the day reading how she inspired, taught, made you laugh and showed us how to enjoy French food.  I also did something that might have caused her to cringe; I made a […]

Dates Turn into a Bar

Depending on your palate, likes and dislikes, and whether you have a sweet tooth or not, these may be serious business for you.  They’re a wonderful companion to mid-morning coffee or tea rituals.  But you won’t want to limit your consumption after you’ve tasted this date bar. Moist and chewy flesh, fresh dates of the […]

Zucchini Parmesan Bread

Here we are in July, and it feels like spring outside–low 80s, a light breeze, and tomato plants just starting to flower. Despite the lack of tomatoes, there are some plants in the garden that love this weird summer weather and none more so than the zucchini. I’m only allowed to have one plant each […]

Pie Party: Lime Chiffon with Blueberries

When I heard about the Pie Party being organized online by Shauna of Gluten-Free Girl and her friends, I knew I had to participate. I grew up eating pie, although I admit I didn’t appreciate it as much as I should have then. Now, I’ve come to realize that my mother makes the flakiest crust […]

Watermelon Popsicles

I grew up slurping Otter Pops and staining my tongue neon blue. These days, I’d rather color my lips with blueberries—especially frozen into an icy popsicle. I’ve had some of the best popsicles recently from FatFace, the genius gourmet treats from Jaymes Luu. She’s had a stand at the Davis Farmers’ Market for a few […]

Baking with Kids: Applesauce Muffins

I’ve been on a bit of a muffin kick lately, thanks to the weird weather. I suggested them in desperation one day when it was raining (again!) and we needed some warmth. Turns out, though, that muffins are great to bake with my daughter. She gets to stir, it’s an educational activity, and we both […]

Irish Quick Bread

A few weeks ago, I won an Irish-inspired recipe contest with my vegetarian Cottage Garden Pie. I ended up with a gorgeous cookbook, the James Beard Award-winner The Country Cooking of Ireland and about 8 pounds of Kerrygold cheese and butter! To thank Amber, who ran the contest on her blog, I invited her and […]

Making Whoopie Pies

Are whoopie pies the next big thing in desserts? Cupcakes have certainly had their run, and some argue that unusual ice cream flavors are still king. My vote is for the gourmet doughnut craze to reach Sacramento, but in the meantime, I’m hedging my bets with whoopie pies. What are whoopie pies, you ask? They’re […]

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