Aug.
30

Blueberry Lemon Coffeecake

My little blog is just about 18 months old and in that time I’ve made lots and lots and lots of recipes.  Most of them get posted here since I like to share… and most of them get taken to work since, well, I like to share :)  What can I say – feeding people and knowing I personally made what they’re enjoying just makes me feel good.  There are certain books and a short-list of websites I tend to gravitate toward when I’m looking to make something in particular.  But there’s one specific website that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to generating rave reviews of what I’ve made.  In fact, the feedback I got when making this Blueberry Lemon Coffee cake was better than I ever imagined… nearly every comment fell along the lines of “this is simply perfect”.

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Aug.
01

Quick breads are wonderful to make.  They work out great for a variety of occasions… quick breakfast… afternoon tea… last night snack… or even “just because”. They great to eat by yourself and even better to eat with others.  Fruity or nutty… sweet, savory or plain… quick breads are terrific.  Last weekend I had some ready-to-bake-with bananas and went in search of something other than the standard banana bread.  Hey… not that there’s anything wrong with standard banana bread, mind you, I just wanted to bake something different.  Am I ever glad I made this recipe because as far as I’m concerned any quick bread that is just as fresh and moist on day 7 as it was on day 2, well, that recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Jul.
03

Some of you may think of buttermilk biscuits as being “heavy” and “winter food” but not to me!  I love bread and enjoy eating any kind of bread any time of the year.  Just as my stomach has no alarm clock (pancakes for dinner? no problem!) it also has no calendar :)  Once you have a classic biscuit recipe in your repertoire and get the technique down pat… the add-ins are limited only by your imagination and palate. For this go round I added in freshly minced garlic, feta cheese and dried herbs… and these were a huge hit!

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Jun.
20

Chocolate-Studded Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread… aka pull-apart bread… is easy to make and quite a delight to eat.  Just look at this picture – little fingers got to it and grabbed a piece before I could even snap a picture of it! Funny how those “little fingers” just happened to be mine ;)  But seriously, it’s hard to resist this stuff.  Individual balls of yeasted dough, seductively bathed in a combination of melted butter, cinnamon and brown sugar then baked to deliciousness.  My version has chocolate chips tossed in among the dough balls cuz, well, yanno, the family considers anything “good” to be “great” when chocolate is added! LOL!  While Monkey Bread is indeed good, “Chocolate Studded Monkey Bread”?  We’ll that’s absatively great!

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Jun.
14

Em’s Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits

I think it’s been said a time or ten that I love bread.  Could one live on bread and water?  Given a nice variety of the bread, I do indeed think I could last quite a while :)  I’ve lately been going back and trying to “perfect” some classic/staple recipes that I think are important to have in my repertoire.  Among these classics is good old fashioned buttermilk biscuits.  Done properly, they’re a wonderful addition to a good old fashioned home cooked meal.  Done poorly and they make a nice door stop ;)  In my quest for  buttermilk biscuit “perfection” I’ve decided it comes down to technique just as much as the actual recipe itself.  I’ve tried countless recipes… and thrown away a lot of biscuit wanna-be’s but the recipe I’m about to share with you today has just been crowned the winner!

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