Amor Polenta (Sweet Cornmeal Cake)

Amor polenta (polenta love) is one of the best tea cakes in Italian bakeries. It has a rather romantic name, Amor Polenta, which is love. The name comes from the use of golden polenta flour, but not the coarse one used to make the savory polenta porridge.

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The Culinary Traveler: La Piadina-Italian Bakestone Bread

An Italian version of a flour tortilla or Indian chapati, piadine is one of the oldest hearth breads made in the world today. It hails from the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy on the Adriatic Sea, the site of old Etruscan cities, and the most fertile wheat-growing area in the country. This was a staple of the tenant farmer’s diet.

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An Interview with Me and the Top Ten Reasons to Bake Your Own Bread

There are interviews and there are interviews. I do a lot of print and radio spots and it is one of the perks of a most often solitary job of testing recipes then writing them down, which can take hours per recipe. Interviews give me the chance to get out into the community and interact; to chatter with like minded foodies about what I love. I get really inspired when an interviewer has unique and well thought out questions that make me think and dig deep into my wellspring of knowledge. Here is an interview I did on baking bread and its renaissance in the home kitchen.

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Vegetarian Slow Cooker-Tofu

Tofu in the slow cooker? Well, yes indeed. During the testing of the first slow cooker book, one of my testers contributed a vegetarian posole. Well, I ended up loving it and making variations on it, like this one with tart tomatillos. Then a basic preparation instead of stir-frying for vegetables and tofu braised in their own juices.

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The Healthiest Foods for Under $1

Every first week of January is the time to make New Years’ resolutions. It’s just something that goes with the turning of the calendar year, the gateway of looking back at the old and looking forward to the new. As a child, my resolutions were things like I will be nicer to my sister, I will work harder to get better grades, and maybe we can get a puppy.

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Cornish Game Hens with Cornbread Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

Cornish game hens are like a small plump chicken. They are the poultry of choice when serving only a few diners. Here is a basic recipe for crock-roasting and cooked with a stuffing on one side and sweet potatoes on the other.

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The Thanksgiving Roll Basket

It is the very fresh, golden brown, tender dinner roll that dominates a fully provisioned traditional Thanksgiving table. My favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving is the only holiday devoted entirely to enjoying food. It is a time to share a meal with family and guests, as well as showcasing some of your culinary specialties.

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Microwave Cooking: Olive Oil Granola with Golden Raisins

Granola certainly has become one of the most touted of healthy breakfast cereals and what we are experiencing now commercially has grown straight out of its roots in the hippie whole grain oat-nut-and-seed kitchen of the 1960s. The name granola is a take on granula, a toasted wheat cereal touted by whole grain movement of Sylvester Graham in the 1900s. Since it is tremendously versatile, it takes to all sorts of additions and variations on the basic recipe.

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Culinary Traveler: Lentil and Brown Rice Salad

When Chez Panisse restaurant opened a café upstairs from the main dining room, it quickly became one of my watering holes whenever I went to shop or visit friends in Berkeley. Since it was always so jammed, it was best to show up for lunch just after the doors opened at 11 a.m.

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Bread Machine Dakota Bread

Café Latte in St. Paul, Minnesota, makes their Dakota Bread everyday from fresh milled flour. It was named for the baker’s home state of South Dakota.

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