Nothing to Fear But Pastry Dough

Okay, so it’s pretty widely known that although I thoroughly enjoy baking and making desserts, I don’t possess a very distinct sweet tooth.  I have never been one to get too excited over a box of chocolates or squeal with delight at the sight of a dessert menu.  I prefer salty over sugared.  Savory overContinue reading “Nothing to Fear But Pastry Dough”

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Edible Holiday Gifts

So, for the last two weeks I have been terribly ill.  I usually adore the holidays, but this year a sore throat, a runny nose, a fever, and endless coughing really put a damper on my spirit.  I had planned an extensive list of edible gifts intended for my family, and luckily I had aContinue reading “Edible Holiday Gifts”

Overall, a pretty good article covering home bar essentials. I question a few of their liquor choices, but one can always substitute their spirit of choice. Still, great suggestions on equipment, technique, and recipes.

Essentials for a Home Bar

Homemade Chicken Stock

I have become a total convert when it comes to homemade stock.  Yes, I know…buying boxes of stock at the market is convenient, but if you’re not careful, all you’ll end up buying is sodium and preservatives, and that’s gross.  I like to know exactly what goes into my stock.  For me, making stock isContinue reading “Homemade Chicken Stock”

In Paris today millions of pounds of bread are sold daily, made during the previous night by those strange, half-naked beings one glimpses through cellar windows, whose wild-seeming cries floating out of those depths always makes a painful impression. In the morning, one sees these pale men, still white with flour, carrying a loaf underContinue reading

(The Best) Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken is a staple dish at our house.  In the colder months of the year I have been known to keep it on heavy rotation – sometimes preparing it weekly.  And after many years of basting, slathering in butter, stuffing with lemons, garlic, and herbs, I finally feel that I have settled on aContinue reading “(The Best) Roasted Chicken”