Marbled Chesnut Sour Cream Coffee Cake



Vanilla- and chestnut-flavored batters are baked together to form a quintessential coffee cake that is excitingly different, yet exceptionally simple to mix and bake.  Be certain to obtain sweetened créme de marron purée, often available in the jam or specialty food…

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Italian Lemon and Anise Sweet Bread

My favorite Italian flavors–lemons, walnuts, anise, and raisins–are the spirited Mediterranean additions to this barely sweet cake, which you will be proud to serve for a festive occasion. It also toasts nicely after a day or two.

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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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Cruising the Blogs: Feast-Worthy Buttermilk Biscuits

So I am looking at a blog with what I consider great photography. Food is not that easy to photograph and I am just so impressed with the still life angles. So I see a great photo of a biscuit. One of the most evocative since it has such great texture, making one want to eat it immediately. I am reading down and lo and behold, it is a photo of a biscuit made from one of my recipes. I couldn’t be more delighted.

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Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Everyone who bakes should have a buttermilk biscuit in their repertoire. Its a favorite bread basket treat. People just love homemade biscuits. And, of course, you have some favorite biscuit cutters in your kitchen drawer or old empty amaretti cookie tin, just waiting to be used. It turns out biscuit cutters is one of my favorite simple gifts to bakers.

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The Microwave: Miso Soup

Miso is a fermented soybean paste that is a staple, along with soy sauce and tofu, in Japanese cuisine. It is salty in nature and thick like nut butter. It is made from soaked soybeans, grains, sea salt, spring water, and a fermentation starter called a koji, sort of a mold like used in making cheese.

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Cruising the Blogs: Orange Marmalade in the Microwave

My friend, award-winning food writer, journalist, food scout, restaurant critic, reporter on the lam, her own t-shirt boutique pusher, dancer in the dark, dragon boat rowing in the sun, and former editorial boss at the San Jose Mercury News is Carolyn Jung, aka FoodGal. She always has the best darn recipes, from her father’s steak sauce to the best cookies and cocktails.

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Catering Stories: Two For One-Part 1

January 1988 started what was to be a good year for catering. It was an election year and Reaganomics had the country in the lull between Iran-Contra and the end of the Cold War. People were entertaining at home nonstop. I had a lot of private parties scheduled way into the summer. January is a great month to entertain since people are looking for some excitement in the dreary cold month following the Christmas holidays.

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The Microwave: Mexican Breakfast Hot Chocolate

Love hot chocolate as much as life itself? You have come to the right place for inspiration.

One of the taste sensations of cultural cuisine is the emergence of the combination of chocolate and chile powder. As it happens, chiles are a counterpoint to dark chocolate and accents its natural flavors just like coffee or vanilla does.

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Bernard Clayton, Breadmaker, 1916-2011

In each genre of cooking, there are the celebrities, the ones who are well known by being on TV, and then there are the insider pros, the ones who the food world recognize but often are not more widely known. If you are a serious home bread baker, you know Bernard Clayton’s recipes.

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