Have you ever thought that the thing about making shortcake for summer fruits is that it’s not chocolate enough? Maybe some 20 years ago I devised a chocolate biscuit for shortcake, but it was made the “hard” way, by which I mean cutting shortening into the dry ingredients which adds time in the kitchen. Anyone … More Chocolate Shortcake with Nectarines, Recipe
My daughter is briefly visiting from London (while also working from 6 AM to 5 PM because her employer abroad is American, so two different time zones) and high on her list of favored dishes is my lower-fat version of the famous eggplant Parmesan. How lower in fat? I skip the egg-dipping, breading and frying … More Mock Eggplant Parmesan: don’t mock it.
My Facebook feed this morning included a post from Washington’s own Bluebird Grain Farms featuring emmer pancakes from their artisan mix. I’d forgotten that there’s a bag of it in the box of flours and such that I brought along in the move, so the virtual reminder and salivation sent me into the cubbyhole kitchen … More Emmer Pancakes? Yes, please.
As mentioned in the last post, the loaf of bread made from the eggy sourdough dough was intended for an Overnighter. Usually I make it the same way with a layer of fat challah slices and the custard soak with a bit of cinnamon sugar. Tonight I put it together in old-fashioned, white bread way, … More Overnight French Toast Strata, New Way with Eggy Sourdough
Last month I bought a package of almond Danish at Trader Joe’s and didn’t like the texture, so I cut it in pieces and froze it with this in mind. Last night it was unfrozen, smashed and topped with custard makings, left to soak overnight in the fridge and then baked to perfection this morning. … More Sunday Almond Strata
I’ve joined NaNoWriMo this year with goal of completing the task during the onset of many gray days in Seattle, a sort of pick-me-up as I go along while the season gnaws at my will. 50,000 words in November. A new novel, approximately 200 pages, and, for me, it is the first draft of one … More Let’s Call It Southwestern Gratin
Years ago at an annual November arts and crafts show in Edmonds, I had my first buttery, cheesy, crispy square and knew they’d enter my appetizer menu, especially after I bought the cookbook which included the recipe. What made the show special for me and why I went again every year thereafter was the appetizers, … More Hot & Cheesy Sourdough Squares
Perhaps the reader is acquainted with someone who likes to make mountains out of molehills. Yesterday I got an idea in my head that went something like this: I’d like to make a really complicated: Pudding. Bread. Pie. I’ve got fresh Washington apples, some Rainiers. Recently there’s been a search through some of the handwritten … More j’s Apple Pie Bread Pudding
You look up a recipe online. Another recipe on the side catches your eye, which it would because those sneaky corporate algorithms have enough of your search data to choose and place more appealing items on the periphery of whatever you’re reading. Yesterday such a recipe idea was making naan or pita or flatbread with … More Making Skillet Bread, serving it with marinated cold salmon and avocado
Somewhere and sometime during a recipe search for something, there was a reference to using yogurt to boost the sour power of sourdough bread if one was in a rush. Some large commercial bakeries do it with added ingredients, so why not try it? I wanted fresh sourdough bread in a hurry, didn’t think about … More Sourdough Yogurt Bread, Garden Roses and Tiny Tomatoes on Deck