A Tale of Two Cookbooks (Coffee Cheesecake Swirled Brownies)

For those familiar with Food52 Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks, I received two cookbooks this past week that made me feel like one of the judges for the tourney.  In a nutshell, The Piglet is like March Madness, sixteen cookbooks go head to head, winner goes on, loser goes home. Judges are selected by Food52 staff…

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Soured by Cookies, Saved by Lemon Cake

I tried a couple of new cookie recipes recently and as the saying goes, you win some you lose some.  The first recipe Malted Milk Chocolate Cookies came from a book I received to review, Holiday Cookies.  Decidedly MEH.  The malt flavor was barely discernible and the milk chocolate did not stand out.  Oh well,…

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What’s for Dessert? Croutons!

Awhile back I reviewed Food52 Mighty Salads. Flipping through the book I found quite a few recipes to try including a tomato pasta salad, a crab and corncake salad and a tomato cucumber salad with lamb kebabs.  At the very end of the book, snuck in on the last page (those sneaky Food52ers) I found…

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Ottolenghi-Ototalyummi Blueberry Lemon Almond Cake

I am a big fan of Ottolenghi’s cookbooks, the photos are mouthwatering and every dish I have tried has been delicious.  My favorite book is Jerusalem, not just for the recipes and photos but it’s premise. Two men who grew up in opposite ends of Jerusalem, one Jewish, one Arab create wonderful food together.  In…

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Girls Just Wanna Have Pie (Blueberry Hand Pies)

I am a pie kind of gal.  I have been known to go in search of pie at every opportunity-family vacations, weekend jaunts, regattas, anytime, anywhere. I am talking about some serious hunting for a slice of some “damn fine pie”.  A family trip years ago in a rental car did not deter me (our…

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Jamie’s Home, Doing the Mango Tango

Hello friends!! Jamie here from the good ‘ol peach state. Yup, I have now moved even farther away and further south (metaphorically) from The Bay.  The deep south is definitely different than Texas.  I mean, Texas isn’t part of the south. Texas is Texas. Home of brisket, football, and deep fried butter. Ironically, the first…

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emBOSSed Grahams

I love graham crackers and recently shared the recipe to make homemade grammies .  Easy and infinitely better than the blue box of cookies that shall not be named.  Well, I got my embossed rolling pin. Check out my fancy schmancy graham crackers.  Takes these bad boys to a whole new level. I found embossed…

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Gone Bakin’ (Blueberry Boy Bait)

After being on a roll for a couple of weeks I found myself with blogger’s block.  I perused magazines, poured over cookbooks and surfed food blogs looking for inspiration.  Nothing, zippo, nada, zilch, appealed..how could that be? I usually have more than a few recipes tucked away in the back of my mind that I want to try…

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Weekend Warrior-Weekend Baker (Toasted Almond Cookies)

My New Year’s resolution every year is to make a concerted effort to try recipes out of the gazillions of cookbooks I own.  I generally cook or bake from only a handful of books I have, my go-tos.  One of my favorite blogs, Ipso Fatto, also collects cookbooks the difference being she actually uses hers.  Lucky for me we seem to have…

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Strawberry Fields Forever-Strawberry Pie Now

I was tasked with dessert for Easter dinner at my brother’s this year.  Hmmm, what to bring?  Inspiration hit as soon as I walked into my neighborhood market and spied the baskets of red strawberries.  It’s PIE TIME.  I conjured up an image in my head, fresh sweet ripe strawberries piled in a crispy buttery crust and…

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Blueberry Cobbler with a Cornmeal-Sugar Cookie Crust

Have you been watching A Chef’s Life on PBS? You should. It follows Chef Vivian Howard who after hobnobbing in NYC for a couple of years moved back home to North Carolina and opened a farm to table restaurant. We are not talking Asheville or Charlotte, urban areas where the culinary scenes are blossoming but in…

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