From the category archives:

Baked Goods

Homemade New England Common Crackers

January 8, 2012

When I was writing my post about New England Clam Chowder, I kept running across the instructions that it should authentically be served with Common Crackers. I had no idea what they were. After all, I grew up in Minnesota, lived in Chicago and moved to L.A., where I have been ever since. I went [...]

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Gingerbread with Apple Cider Sabayon

December 4, 2011

Warm Gingerbread, scented with molasses, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, with sweet cold Cider Sabayon gracefully flowing down its side, was what I made for our Thanksgiving dessert this year. It was a not-too-heavy, but lovely end to our feast. Our groaning board held the traditional turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, plus my [...]

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Cornbread ~ Soft, Sweet and Buttery

October 10, 2011

You wouldn’t think a thing as wonderful as cornbread would be something people would be ready to get in a fight over. But I have heard it said that there is something called Real Cornbread, that has no wheat flour or sugar and is baked in a cast iron pan. That is Southern Cornbread and [...]

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Blackened Salmon Tarts With Mango Salsa

April 6, 2011

The inspiration for this Salmon Tart came from a photo I had in my file. I have a big collection of food photos going back about twenty years and I have no idea where I saved them from. I had been wanting to create this dish since I started my blog, because it was so [...]

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Banana Date Nut Bread ~ Perfect Comfort Food

April 2, 2011

My Mom used to make Banana Bread when I was a kid from a recipe in her Betty Crocker Cookbook. It was dense and good, and we would top it with a spread made of cream cheese and crushed pineapple mixed together. Banana Bread is definitely a comfort food for me, which I have needed [...]

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Banana Cream Tartlets with Chocolate Gewgaws

November 4, 2010

A few posts back we made these terrific little tartlet shells, and proceeded to fill them with lemon curd with little bee decorations. I had quite a few tart shells left over that I froze, so they were already made and waiting expectantly for their next incarnation.

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Mini Tartlet Shells, Food Art & an Optical Illusion

October 3, 2010

Yesterday my plan was to make these Mini Tartlet Shells and photograph them. Next I was going to make the Lemon Curd and fill the tart shells. A couple of weeks ago I made the Little Buttercream Bees that were going to embellish their tops. Then I was going to photograph the finished tarts and [...]

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Apple and Cheddar Bread & Autumn Harvest Brandy Pear Cake from Grace-Marie’s Kitchen

September 26, 2010

The theme for the Saturday Tea class this week at Grace-Marie’s Kitchen at Bristol Farms in Manhattan Beach was Back to School Autumn Tea. This week the menu was Autumn Harvest Brandy Pear Cake, Apple and Cheddar Bread,  Autumn Berry Tapioca Parfaits, Caramelized Onion and Brie Croissants, End of Summer Zucchini Soup and Smoked Salmon [...]

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Little Buttercream Bees and How To Make A Piping Cone

September 13, 2010

I get such a kick out of making miniature decorations for my baking projects. One of my favorite are these little bumble bees made with buttercream frosting, chocolate piping and almond slices. I have used them many times to decorate my mini lemon tarts, which I will be posting about in the very near future. [...]

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Maple-Pecan Bread

March 7, 2010

This Maple-Pecan Bread is beautifully flavored with maple syrup and when you take it out of the oven, your whole house will be filled with that wonderful smell. It is so good to eat when it is still warm, spread just with butter, along with coffee and believe me, your brunch guests will be giving [...]

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