November 2014

Are you still trying to decide what to make for tomorrow’s big dinner? I’ve compiled a list of Thanksgiving-worthy recipes for easy access. I wish you  a happy holiday and hope you get to share some wonderful food this week with the people you love. Also, here are some basic baking substitutions in case you run out of something (don’t go to the store unless you absolutely must!): 1 cup buttermilk = 1 tablespoon vinegar plus enough milk to make 1 cup (let stand 5 minutes) or 2 tablespoons lemon juice plus enough milk to make 1 cup (let stand 5 minutes) 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate = 3 tablespoons unsweeteneed cocoa powder plus 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter or margarine 1 tablespoon cornstarch = 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 cup dark [...]

This morning we woke up to more snow. Our winter storm warning is in effect through tomorrow, so Zack’s been outside shoveling like crazy. I think he is a little obsessed with shoveling! He claims that he’s making paths for our dog, but I think secretly he also enjoys playing in the snow as well. We’ll see how long this shoveling affection lasts, as we are only in November. As they headed out, I set to work on some cheese biscuits. I made these a few weeks ago and we were blown away. Biscuits can be temperamental sometimes, and the letdown of a dense, heavy biscuit is never fun. These are quite the opposite- despite all that butter and shredded cheese, they are incredibly light and pull off in the [...]

Favorite recipes. They can years to find, but are irreplaceable. Your go-to  time and time again. They never disappoint, only continue to impress… The tricky thing about favorite recipes is that they can also keep you from enjoying new ones. I recently discovered this. You see, for a long time I was all about this brownie recipe. It’s like I rejected the notion of baking anything resembling brownies, unless they were indeed the favorite recipe. Now, those brownies are still are one of my favorites, and I’ll make them again, most definitely. But I’ve discovered another favorite. In my quest for cranberry uses, I thought why not dump some into brownie batter? This recipe from King Arthur Flour looked pretty good, and easy. It only uses cocoa powder, not any type of chocolate, so [...]

A week ago, we were in Aspen walking around town. It started snowing like crazy, and we were totally covered in a matter of minutes!  Our valley went from mid-50’s and sunshine, with only a few little patches of snow, to a full on winter wonderland. The snow finally stopped yesterday. I think I heard somewhere that this is a new record for November- the most snowfall ever. When it’s cold out, I’m almost always chilled, so you can bet I warmed up the best way I know how- baking! Every year our landlord sends us several bags of  Wisconsin cranberries. Pears seem to be the only fruit that’s ripe and edible at the grocery store right now, so we have plenty of those on hand. And when I came across this [...]

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