The Standard – Wheat Bread

This is my standard, everyday-use, loaf bread.  The type of bread that is perfect for everything from crunchy morning toast to a fluffy PB&J lunch sandwich.  I use a combination of both whole wheat and white flour in this bread to add substance (fiber and protein) while retaining a light texture.  I further enrich this…

Chocolate Mousse

When my sister called me yesterday with a “mousse emergency”, my mind immediately jumped, like every Vermonter upon hearing those words, to her having hit a “moose” with her car.  A scarily, common occurrence around here that can have dire, and sometimes even deadly, consequences.  Once she calmed me down, she specified that it was,…

Barley and Sausage Risotto

I am slightly reluctant to call this a risotto since there is no rice in it, but this dish is similar to risotto in cooking methodology and composition.  Barley has a little more chew to it then rice, is heartier, and higher in protein.  This dish is the perfect end to a cold wintery day…

Rope Snood

It has been a while since I have posted a craft project.  These past few months I have been engrossed in digitalizing my Grandmother old slide collection.  The weather has also held out until a few weeks ago prompting me to get my sunshine in while it lasts.  Now that the grey, snowy days have…

Pumpkin Quiche

A creamy pumpkin custard with caramelized onions and a sharp blue cheese.  I made these single serving pumpkin quiches a couple of weeks ago, and am finally getting around to posting the recipe.  I do appreciate the irony of posting this recipe in succession to my pumpkin pie recipe, but the timing is purely coincidental…

Pumpkin Pie

It would not be Thanksgiving without the baking of a pumpkin pie.  This year, when I suggested branching out and experimenting with alternative pumpkin pie recipes, my Mom immediately shot me down.  We could not go through Thanksgiving without baking  our own family’s version of “Libby’s Pumpkin Pie”.  So here it is, yet another rendition…

Apple Pie

As American as apple pie!  This is a simple, classic, no frills (other then in the decoration, I simply could not resist), apple pie recipe.  It was handed down to me by my mother, who got it from her mother.  I have yet to strike out with this recipe, but I have heard my fair…

Saffron & Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

I was in charge of all of the baking for Thanksgiving this year which in this particular household tends to mean a pumpkin pie, an apple pie, pumpkin dinner rolls, and a breakfast pastry or quick bread for the beginning of the day.  I also had to schedule all of the baking around the roasting…

Cranberry Orange Scones

These cranberry orange scones were a great start to our Thanksgiving Day this year.  I made the dough the night before so it was only a matter of cutting them out and popping them into the oven Thanksgiving morning.  A little something for the busy Thanksgiving hosts, and a welcoming treat for the road weary…

Bacon Cranberry Jelly

I tested out some new cranberry jelly recipes last week in preparation for Thanksgiving. In past years I have made basic cranberry chutneys and sauces that do not require the extra step of straining the cooked fruit, but this year I decided to go ahead and make an actual cranberry jelly.  I made a more…

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

I am a big fan of breakfast for dinner, have been since my college years.  Breakfast for dinner is easy, fast, comforting, and familiar.  But what about dessert for dinner? I have had a strange craving for pineapple upside down cake lately, and I am reluctant to bake an entire cake for myself with Thanksgiving…

Soba, Edamame, and Sesame Seed Stir-Fry

One of my favorite vegetarian meals – buckwheat noodles, edamame, and sesame seeds tossed in a sweet, salty, and tangy sauce.  One of the best things about this dish is that it requires less then 10 minutes of preparation, if you buy the edamame already shelled, and only about 5 minutes of cook time. Ingredients:…