Archive for April, 2013

The Baker: Bread Machine Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta is probably one of the hottest Italian-style country breads made in this country today in artisan bakeries. It is totally delicious and has a very characteristic open moist crumb and appearance. You can even say in bread terms it is a craze. As a bread maker, it is one of those breads you want to master. As a bread maker, it is one of those breads you want to master.

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Cruising the Blogs: Katie Workman and Her Beans

So, this year I got a slow cooker, and I am very excited to see what all the hoopla is about. Essentially what a slow cooker does is braise things, very slowly, using moist heat. Because the pot stays closed and there is liquid inside, the temperature stays low (but safely low), and that means you get to toss everything in in the morning, and forget about it all day.

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French Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and Chives


My dear friend Norma Golobic, who knew every excellent place to eat in the city, told me about a great little bistro in San Francisco off Union Street. It was called Balboa Cafe. One trip there and I was hooked;…

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