Category: Baking

Apricot Bread

Apricot Bread Read moreRosemary Grape Foccacia2 sticks of butter, melted and cooled 1 C granulated sugar ½ C brown sugar, packed 4 eggs 3 C flour, all purpose 2 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 1 C almonds, sliced 8 oz dried whole apricots 1 TBSP lemon juice 2 tsp almond extract Preheat the oven

Monday Rewards

Monday night is the perfect night for cookies. A new twist on an old favorite. I stopped using Crisco years ago but I must admit Crisco was the standard base for the Sanders Family cookie. I use Trader Joe’s BGH free unsalted butter that I but eight pounds at a time. Bustelo coffee gives it

Fall is here

Fall has arrived bringing a cool, foggy, sunless morning. This is my fourth fall season at Biddan Ridge and I slowly find a rhythm. For many months, I get up on Saturday mornings and go to a two-hour yoga class. This morning instead, I baked a large Honey Crisp apple tossed with dried cherries and

Carrot muffins

The pelleted Romance carrots I planted in the fall weathered the days of freezing tempatures unscathed. I prefer the pelleted seeds because they space perfectly and grow perfectly. I developed a new recipe to follow my clean eating goals.   Carrot Muffins Read moreGood Luck1 cup sugar 1 cup coconut oil, melted 3 eggs, beaten

Peach Pecan Muffins

It’s the time of year when summer fruit is at its peak. But often, you get the fruit home from the grocery store and it ripens too fast. That suspended state the stores keep it in accelerates once it leaves the produce department. I swear that’s what happens. So, you’re left with mushy peaches. What

Onion Bialys

I enjoy baking bread as it allows me to make fresh, natural bread without any questionable ingredients. There are few pleasures in life as delightful as warm, fresh baked bread. I am going to make a batch of roasted tomato-pepper-garlic soup for dinner and football watching. What would go better with that than an onion

Apple Honey Challah

I love the recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Honey Apple Challah. I’ve made it a half dozen times, sometimes giving the loaves away to my Jewish friends celebrating the Sabbath or a holiday. I’ve made it with and without the apples. I prefer to make it in a three strand braid instead of the four

Thanksgiving table

Back in the heat of the summer, I arranged to foster a turkey at Laughing Chicken Farms. Robin Popp is at the Alachua County farmers’ market on Saturdays with chickens and eggs. I made my down payment for my Thanksgiving feast. Two nights before Thanksgiving, I drove out to Trenton. The Laughing Chicken Farms is

Woven Apple Breakfast

Read moreRosemary Grape Foccacia Read moreDinner party Read moreCardamon Pear Bread Woven Apple Breakfast Read moreThe Soup400 F   Read moreThanksgiving table1 sheet puff pastry, thawed overnight in the fridge 1 small to medium apple, peeled and thinly sliced Read moreApple Honey Challah¼ c chopped nuts ¼ c dried fruit (cherries, raisin, blueberries, crannies) Read

The Soup

I wanted Italian Wedding soup, the kind with the tiny little meatballs, but I am so picky about pre-prepared food items with ground “beef”. I suspect what is labeled as “beef” is really various cow parts. So, I found an easy recipe on-line for an Italian Wedding soup [here] and made a quick run to

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