I took this photo to remember — when I’m moved out of this house — this area of my carefully curated, mostly thrift-store art, now with the addition of one painting after the subtraction of a stack of art books to boxes now holding the painting upright. The painting had been hanging on a bedroom … More A Little Art As Food, with Naan Inside-Out Pizza. Faux. Non.
Umm, good. My friend Jean gave me that jar of Parker’s Maple Butter last year. Usually I take maple butter or maple cream at Christmastime and make it into a lovely cooked maple and pecan fudge. Last Christmas I didn’t do that because my daughter took me on holiday to help break me of my … More Sourdough French Toast with Real Maple Butter
Leftovers. There was maybe a cup and a half of leftover Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting from recent big batch made to frost Dutch Potato Cake. There was a pinch more than eight ounces left in a tin of Brown & Haley’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark, two ounces of which were used in a chewy yet … More Big Pan Frosted Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark Brownies
I typically make a loaf of sourdough dill rye on Easter because it goes well with leftover meat from the dinner, whatever kind of meat it is. Today it’s close to Easter and I have some fresh sliced turkey from the QFC deli, so the annual rye bread bake is on. Three kinds of flour, … More Yearly Sourdough Dill Rye Loaf
Happy Birthday, Brian! Continuing my tradition of birthday cakes by proxy, the 23rd of March is his birthday and I baked a cake in his honor. I’m pretty sure that his fiancee will be providing one closer to home, but we won’t be sharing it, so I decided to make my great great grandmother’s recipe … More Birthday by proxy: Dutch Potato Cake for My Brother Brian
Also known as Flan and Creme Caramel, but with raggedy nutmeg. It’s a classic comfort food, usually with plain old ground nutmeg. I’m not flipping it over onto a serving dish, either. That custard gets to enjoy the company of the caramelized sugar right to the end. We both get comfort. He has new babysitters … More Happy Spring Caramel Custard with Raggedy Nutmeg
Plumber fellow who will be in a couple hours providing a bit of a fix to a serious problem under the kitchen sink said, a few days ago, “Yeah. I like to eat. I like baked stuff.” I’d told him that I often express gratitude by baking something which I know the intended recipient has on … More Gratitude Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Crumble Crust, Recipe
I saw a mutual friend this morning while I was baking an even-more-original cake than I’d planned for Mark’s birthday. He could attest that my beautiful lemon sponge cake fell into a hot and broken, gooey mess on the counter shortly after I’d turned the tube pan over in the normal manner, hoping that the … More Lemony Splendor Cake, gone rogue
See, it’s like this. That pretty inside-out pizza made yesterday? Well, it was meant to be one part of a sourdough extravaganza. The eco-exterminator was paying a fourth visit to the property where I’ve been living for almost two years. People who know me can be pretty certain that I’m going to bake something when … More Sourdough ‘Stravaganza, Part Deux
Baked on the bottom shelf at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes, maybe 1 minute long for some people. I like crispy crust, not doughy underneath the goodies, and I like the veggies to caramelize. It was m-mm. It’s now my favorite homemade pizza.