Oat Bread Revisited

I have been baking bread for a long time, but never with a great amount of intensity (though during one period in the 90s I was baking frequently and had a personal “bread museum” that chronicled my efforts). In the early years, general cookbooks like The New Laurel’s Kitchen were my teacher, but their basic […]

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Recipe: vegetable-cheese pies

There are many wonderful things about savory pies: the contrast between a sharply flavored filling and a mellow crust, the crisp edges and soft middle, their portability, and their flexibility, to name a few. One of my favorite pies is an adaptation from a recipe in Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant, the Moosewood Collective’s book about […]

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Another No Knead Bread

When Mark Bittman wrote about Jim Leahy’s “no knead bread” in the New York Times in 2006, it caused a frenzy in the blogosphere, leading to hundreds of posts about attempts to make the bread. I tried it myself and deemed it to be bimbo-esque: beautiful but shallow. I recently started baking another kind of […]

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Recipe – Sourdough Pancakes

Once I established a viable sourdough starter, I needed to find some things to use it in besides bread. I love baking and eating bread, but its not something that I can fit into my schedule very often. Pancakes are my first simple non-bread use for the starter. They take a little bit of planning […]

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Torta Verde: a Savory Pie from Italy

Now and then a food magazine contains a recipe that becomes a standard in a household. Even more rarely, a single issue will contain two standards. The May/June 1998 issue of Saveur is one of those rarities, containing two recipes that I have made many, many times and consider critical parts of my cooking repertoire. […]

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Cocoa Wafers

Thin cocoa cookies

When I wrote my list of favorite holiday cookies during the height of “cookie season 2005”, I somehow missed the cocoa wafers from Alice Medrich’s low-fat dessert book. Perhaps they didn’t make the list because they are simple chocolate-colored disks that don’t give off much holiday glow (cutting them in tree or star shapes might […]

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