Archive for 2016

The Bread Machine: Potato Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are the touch that turns a cranky riser into a purely good-natured, civilized human ready to meet the day.  This recipe is made by placing the separate rolls in an oversized Texas muffin tin; they rise up into…

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Fresh Vegetable and Cream Quiche

This is an unusual baked egg casserole; it is thick with vegetables and held together with cubed french bread and hunks of cream cheese. It is baked in a deep springform pan and served in wedges like a cake.

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Cream Sherry Pumpkin Bread

Its the winter holidays upon us now that Halloween is in the can and pumpkin, now considered a super food, is on the menu in both savory and sweet cooking. So it is time to crank up the oven and bake some quick breads with the fall flavors of winter squash, dates, nuts, sweet spices, persimmon, apple, pears, and citrus.

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Country Gourmet’s Whole Wheat Pancakes

Country Gourmet is one of my local hometown restaurants and place to get really great homemade-like food. I was one of their first customers when they opened over 25 years ago. Some of the original staff is still there, which is always a good sign for a restaurant. So I was thrilled to see this recipe for whole wheat pancakes run in the newspaper, from all the way down in southern California. Good pancakes have a state wide following.

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Favorite All-Butter Pastry Crust

In an electric stand mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid) or food processor, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the butter on low or with short pulses until the mixture resembles very coarse meal with some pieces the size of corn kernels still visible (be sure to leave some chunks to create the flakiness). Sprinkle in the ice water and vinegar over the mixture, tossing or pulsing to moisten evenly, dribbling in more ice water if the dough is too dry. Gather the shaggy dough into a ball with your hands and flatten into a disc. Divide into two portions. You can roll out immediately, or wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate if rolling out the next day and bring back to cool room temperature to roll out, or freeze up to 3 months in a small plastic freezer bag.

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Bake and Freeze Holiday Desserts

Fresh is best. How many times have we heard that culinary mantra? When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts, most especially the pies, almost everyone I know gets up especially early on Thanksgiving morning to prepare and bake the pies first so the oven will be free for the turkey or prime rib. It is the advent to the season that has long been associated with our beloved tradition of serving a feast on holidays devoted entirely to eating.

And a feast is not complete without special desserts, made even more so by the fact that they are homemade.

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Freeze and Bake Apple Pie

Thanksgiving and Christmas would not be complete without a beloved homemade apple pie. This pie is assembled and frozen raw in a 2-inch deep ceramic pie dish that is able to go directly from the freezer into the hot oven.…

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Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie. A tradition. I used to think heavy cream too rich an addition to the custard, having grown up on using the old Libby’s recipe calling for evaporated milk, but the cream stabilizes the custard perfectly for…

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Maple Pecan Pie

Preheat the oven to 350º. In a large bowl with a whisk or electric mixer, beat the eggs, then add the sugar, melted butter, syrups, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the pecans. Pour into the prepared pie shells. Bake in the center of the preheated for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown, and center is puffed and firm, but still a dash wiggly. A thin knife inserted into the center will come out clean. Place on a rack to cool completely; it takes about 3 to 4 hours.

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Black Russian Bundt Cake with Coffee Glaze

Lets make a chocolate cake. Dense and sweet. Add coffee and chocolate liqueurs. A thin icing dripping down the sides, a hit of sweet in every bite. Bake it in a Bundt pan so it looks special.

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