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Gingerbread block workday #1

Gingerbread block workday #1

Progress report (with pictures!) from the first workday on the gingerbread block.
Gingerbread Block Project

Gingerbread Block Project

Announcing my secret scheme to build a beautiful New York block, entirely out of gingerbread! Spoiler: I'm looking for your help.
Olive Oil Granola

Olive Oil Granola

Bakery-style granola can be both addictive and satisfying, they're also rather expensive. Even using top notch ingredients you can get a lot more granola for your buck when you make it yourself. I whipped up a fancy new granola recipe, complete with pedigreed ingredients (almonds, olive oil, sea salt). This granola is fancy...
Carrot Pie

Carrot Pie

Carrot pie? Really! Similar to pumpkin pie, this forgotten pie filling has a vibrant orange color, velvety smooth texture and zesty-sweet flavor. A perfect new (old) pie for spring.
Flaky Pie Dough

Flaky Pie Dough

It's pi day, let's make a pie! Forget the sour cream, vodka and specialty flour. You probably have everything to make this basic pie dough in your kitchen right now. And old-fashioned hand mixing will give you the flakiest crust.
Black Cake

Black Cake

Nothing says wintry decadence like dried fruits and nuts soaked in rum. And don't worry if you normally hate fruitcake; unless you grew up in the Caribbean, this is not your grandma's fruitcake. And even in the world of wonderfully diverse local fruitcakes, this one is truly unique.
Vanilla

Vanilla

Vanilla– how on earth can I pretend to write about kitchen economy and still write about vanilla?  Famously the second most expensive spice (first place goes to those electric little threads of saffron), vanilla is very expensive in all its forms (whole beans, paste, extract and powder.) It is possible to save money on costly...
Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

If you read the “ingredients” section in any book with a pastry chef’s name on the front, you will likely find a discussion of that chef’s preferred vanilla bean, complete with a discussion of its unique and superior qualities. Now let me first state that there is a marked difference between vanilla beans from different...
Seeded Granola

Seeded Granola

I have done a lot of fussing with granola recipes. I wasn’t able to find one that I liked (crunchy, clumps that don’t dissolve at the sight of milk, not too sweet). So I was forced to fiddle until I found a method that I liked. The procedure I’ve arrived at is, admittedly, not the...