Beth’s Blog

Fast and Easy Focaccia Flatbread

Sunday August 17, 2014

Recently I was invited to an open house and wanted to bring bread, but didn’t have time to make it from scratch. So this was my opportunity to use Bridgeford Ready-Dough, easily found in the freezer department of all supermarkets. I had used the frozen ready-made loaves when I first started baking when I was still afraid to make a dough from scratch, but not since and was curious to see if it was still a good alternative to homemade.

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Frozen Bread Dough Focaccia

Sunday August 17, 2014

baked focaccia with fresh rosemary and coarse sea salt

Sometimes you want fresh bread, but don’t have time to make it from scratch.  So this the opportunity to use commercially made Ready-Dough packaged by Bridgeford, easily found in the supermarket freezer…

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Marinades 101: The Savory Summer Treat

Sunday August 10, 2014

When grilling (as well as roasting or broiling for that matter) meat, chicken, fish or vegetables, marinating is essential. We all collect at least one or two great marinade recipes. They also add flavor to meat and help keep everything moist.

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Julia Child’s Mustard Marinade for Lamb

Sunday August 10, 2014


One of the best marinades for lamb ever concocted. You won’t need another one–ever. From Julia Child’s most wonderful tome, The Way to Cook, which is the go-to gift for any cookbook lover you need a gift for. Julia considered this…

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Joyce’s Lemon Herb Marinade for Chicken

Sunday August 10, 2014

My friend Joyce Converse invited me to dinner one night decades ago at her rented home over the coastal range in rural La Honda. Joyce had her own set of power tools, that she really used for renovations and repairs, a great garden, and zest for living reflected in her plein air landscape painting.

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Doctor Up Your Ice Cream

Sunday August 3, 2014

I love ice cream. And considering the rash of ice cream books these days, everyone else feels the same way I do. You can play ice cream on any level–your favorite flavor at the supermarket or make your own. It really doesn’t matter. If you love the flavor, you are satisfied.

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Pancakes: The Favorite American Breakfast Food

Sunday July 27, 2014

Once relegated to weekends, pancakes are a popular breakfast comfort food, as well as a soul satisfying, healthy food rich in wholesome complex carbohydrates. Surprisingly, even made from scratch, they are fast and versatile.

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The Legend, The Lore, and How to Make the Ultimate Buckwheat Crêpe

Sunday July 20, 2014

Ti Couz (“the old house” in Gaelic) is a popular San Francisco crêperie bretonne conceived, owned, and run by my friend Sylvie Le Mer, who was born and raised in Quimper in Lower Brittany, France. Once a staple in the diet of both the rich and the poor, savory buckwheat crêpes, known as krampouz, are traditional in this area of France.

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Appetizer Crostini

Sunday July 13, 2014

What are crostini? Literally translated to “little crusts,” they are Italian-style appetizer croutons. Usually slices of bread are toasted slowly until golden and then spread with a variety of tasty savory toppings, they are a clever way to use up day-old bread.

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Leftover Bread Cookery: The Charlotte and The Summer Pudding

Sunday July 6, 2014

The best known dessert using leftover bread other than bread pudding is a baked fruit Charlotte. It is an old dessert that shows up in many different cuisines. It might even be one of the first composed desserts–crushed fruit moistening bread. A mold is lined with buttered bread, filled with a seasonal fruit compote, and topped with a round of bread that helps contain the filling.

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