Variations on a Dutch-oven theme: No-knead Maple Oatmeal Bread

Like many bakers, cooks and chefs everywhere, I’m open to trying out somebody else’s recipe in the same genre of an old or new favorite and so it is with this bread. The recipe* for this bread was linked inside a newspaper article on 10 easy breads for the home-bakers staying inside and safe because … More Variations on a Dutch-oven theme: No-knead Maple Oatmeal Bread

No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies, Recipe

While it’s true there is no baking involved for these classic cookies, there is cooking and the necessity of taking care with boiling hot syrup, especially when it bubbles and spits as the vanilla is added. Constant attention at the stove is vital to avoid a burned mess for a cookie that doubles as a … More No-bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drop Cookies, Recipe

In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops

Sometimes the title says a lot. Two girls were making different cookies at the same time with me via Skype, getting ready for camping take-alongs. The oldest made the chocolate no-bakes which require bringing ingredients to a boil and undivided attention and a bit of fatherly supervision at the critical time. The youngest made her … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops

Evie Vinson’s Ranch Cookies & Fennel Butter Cookies for Mother’s Day

I’ve made two kinds of cookies for my mother and this year’s Mother’s Day, the first that she can hide in her room because it’s a crispy, buttery bit of goodness which stores a bit longer than the softer cookies. She’s been hiding sweets that she doesn’t want to share for as long as I … More Evie Vinson’s Ranch Cookies & Fennel Butter Cookies for Mother’s Day

Oatmeal Butterscotch Chews, Formula 1 & U.W. Huskies Football

Whipped up a fast batch of those low-fat, chewy cookies for an open house in a few minutes, then some DVR’d Formula 1 qualifying for the 5th to last race of the season and later, some Alabama and then University of Washington Huskies football. Add some colorful leaves and it’s a day. Love the leaves … More Oatmeal Butterscotch Chews, Formula 1 & U.W. Huskies Football

Cinnamon Apple Pecan Crisp with Plum & Nectarine Compote Ice Cream

Two sour nectarines and two sour plums plus lemon, cinnamon and sugar simmered into a lovely compote, chilled and what have you got? ¬†Well, experimental ice cream. Four kinds of apples, definitely organic, no pesticides, a few creepy crawlies (which have now found themselves at their new home in the compost) and it’s time to … More Cinnamon Apple Pecan Crisp with Plum & Nectarine Compote Ice Cream

Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts

Early in the week I sustained some type of trauma to my achilles tendon making it very difficult to navigate, especially up and down stairs. It has ultimately led to more creativity in the kitchen since trips to the grocery store require use of the stairs, I’m wary of further injury and avoiding stairs until … More Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts