Tagged: ‘Barbara Hiken’

Fresh Strawberry Pie


This is my baking mentor Barbara Hiken’s mother’s recipe for fresh strawberry pie. We used to make the pie at the restaurant and people loved its homey goodness. It is not too sweet, the berries carry the flavor, and it…

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The Rice Cooker: Steam Me A Pud

I started making steamed puddings in my restaurant days. Barbara Hiken brought in a recipe from one of the waitresses for persimmon pudding and we made it that day. And never made another recipe since it was so darn good. But you have to wait for the persimmon season to get the puree to make it since persimmons are a fruit that is not canned or frozen commercially.

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Holiday Baking: Christmas Butter Cookies



Butter cookies are good for company, for Christmas Eve, after mass, after dinner.  They are a gloriously simple rolled cookie. And this recipe is the one perfect recipe to have in your stash of Christmas cookies for giving and sharing,…

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How The Bread Machine Book Came To Be Written

I learned how to make my first loaf of bread when I was 18 years old. My room mates made the White Bread Plus recipe out of the Joy Of Cooking cookbook and it tasted so incredible! The texture and flavor were like nothing I had ever had from the supermarket or a bakery.

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