Archive for February, 2014

How The Bread Machine Book Came To Be Written

I learned how to make my first loaf of bread when I was 18 years old. My room mates made the White Bread Plus recipe out of the Joy Of Cooking cookbook and it tasted so incredible! The texture and flavor were like nothing I had ever had from the supermarket or a bakery.

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Cookie and Cake with Heart

You want some dessert, but are satisfied with a few cookies or a slice of cake, not more than that. And you don’t want it hanging around the house for days, worrying about eating too much, have to give away the rest, or have to freeze it. If you are half of a couple or live alone, small batch baking is not a new concept for you, but a practical way to bake.

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Chocolate Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cake with Vanilla Sauce

This is a fudge-like little chocolate cake, adapted from my old chocolate truffle cake I made during my restaurant days. It is for intense chocolate lovers and because of its unique texture, tastes best within an hour of baking, while…

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Hot Chili for a Cold Month aka Crock Pot Crowd Pleasers

All chilis are not made equal, at least not in my kitchen. I like a lot of variety in my chili–some days white-style with white beans and chicken, another day smoky-hot with ground beef and black beans, and even another day, no meat at all and just hominy and fresh vegetables. Some days I like it spicy-hot, other days, just mild enough to hint at the combination of spices. It is also one of the premier reasons to own a slow cooker.

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House Beef and Bean Chili


There is always a chili bubbling at my house. This is the newest one and it is as simple as can be since it uses canned beans. My first chili, almost 40 years ago, was made with soybeans. I have…

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