Archive for June, 2015

Waffles Take Center Stage

I think we are in a waffle renaissance. Not pancakes. Waffles. The food of the kids on the weekend. Waffle are just everywhere and they are begging to be reinvented anew.

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Oven-Fried Chicken for Chicken and Waffles

Mildred Pierce move over. Here is the alternative to all that messy stovetop frying.

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New-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcakes

Genuine fruit shortcakes are an American summer passion. It is the harmonious balance of sweet, juicy fruit in season, fluffy whipped cream, and crumby, rich biscuits that make them irresistible. No matter how many fancy desserts I make or taste, no matter how many different fruits I showcase in a shortcake, strawberry shortcake is still supreme. It will never go out of style. It is a dessert that is new fashioned as it is old fashioned.

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A Perfect Crumb Crust/Yogurt Cream Cheese Honey Pie with Amaretti Crumb Crust

While regular pie doughs are de rigeur in the baker’s kitchen, my first foray into pie baking some 30 plus years ago was a graham cracker crust for an ice cream pie or cheesecake. I would buy the box of Nabisco graham crackers, eat a few dipped into milk while working, and crush the squares of crisp aromatic crackers between sheets of waxed paper with a rolling pin.

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The Microwave: Real and Easy Butterscotch Sauce

Butterscotch sauce is something you make when you want to impress guests. Authentic (not artificially flavored) butterscotch sauce isn’t like the thick stuff you buy in the jar; it is silky and pourable, not cloyingly sweet. And positively addicting as far as a sweet attack goes. Part of the nostalgic soda fountain ice cream sundaes, the retro sauce is now the rage. Since it is one of my favorite flavors, I couldn’t be more pleased.

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