Beth’s Blog

Potato and Fennel Gratin

Sunday March 12, 2017


Think you don’t enjoy fennel? Well this gratin may just about be the best way to eat the licorice-flavored vegetable and has introduced legions of unknowing diners to this earthy vegetable. My mother found this recipe in the Williams-Sonoma mail…

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The Microwave: Dressed Up S’Mores: Marshmallow Dessert Nachos

Sunday March 12, 2017

“This dessert will make you a star among whoever you serve it to!” says the promo material for this recipe. It is really unique and great fun food for a party.

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Chocolate Chip Cake

Sunday March 12, 2017

Ingredients

3 large eggs
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup (6 ounces) sour cream
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
dash salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate…

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The Classic Poppy Seed Butter Cake

Saturday March 11, 2017

Back when I was learning how to bake, around 1970 or so, I was always on the look out for good recipes. Especially cakes and quick loaves. I wanted cakes that garnered praise and not a crumb left on any plate. One of the most elusive cakes was poppy seed cake, the kind you could buy a slice in a Jewish deli, have on a Jewish holiday, or have at someone’s grandmothers’ house for brunch.

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The Baker: Hominy Tortillas

Sunday March 5, 2017

Any serious cook or baker eventually tackles making homemade tortillas. I was lucky as one of the staff in my bakery was from Mexico and was happy to show me how to make them. But even she had problems when the dough wasn’t just right.

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Gold Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Sunday March 5, 2017


I used to make a gold layer cake like this for my father’s birthday. It may not be fancy, but it is the quintessential layer cake. Really really good.

Ingredients

Cake
1 1/4 cups (176g) all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups (150g) cake flour
1…

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The Denver Omelet

Sunday March 5, 2017


When I was still in college, my boyfriend and I spent every Sunday with his grandparents, Granny and Grampy Weick, after Grampy retired from working on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Their Saratoga, California, home was a suburban corner lot.…

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The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns

Sunday March 5, 2017


Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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Fresh Greek Layer Dip

Monday February 27, 2017


A healthy Greek version of Mexican 7 layer dip made with hummus, Greek yogurt, cucumbers, tomato, and feta. Serve with pita chips for an appetizer or snack. I cant remember where I found this, but the combination is fantastic.
Yield:…

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The Slow Cooker: Family-style Winter Tomato Sauce

Sunday February 26, 2017

The most famous of tomato sauces are Italian and they are rustic preparations. Marinara sauce is a basic vegetarian tomato sauce. I make a wide variety of pasta sauces in the slow cooker. This is a family sized recipe for a long cooking marinara sauce. It is a pot of fabulous tomato wine sauce, that goes together in minutes using canned tomatoes, that simmers all day.

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