Month: May 2021

Chocolate chip cookies: butter challenge, accepted

Chocolate chip cookies: butter challenge, accepted

I will often say that there is no such thing as the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Anyone who tells you they have the recipe for The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie is selling you something. Why? Because, unlike almost any other baked good, there is so 

Lamb Mince Recipes: Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Lamb Mince Recipes: Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Raisins

This recipe for lamb meatballs with pine nuts and raisins is certain to go on repeat in our household over other lamb mince recipes I’ve made in the past. It was quick to assemble for a weeknight dinner. And the sweetness from the raisins and 

Elderflower Collins

Elderflower Collins

This elderflower Collins is an adaptation of a Tom Collins, which is a classic drink made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda over ice. It’s essentially an alcoholic lemonade, which would be perfect for those hot summer evenings.

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Mashed purple sweet potatoes and banana

Mashed purple sweet potatoes and banana

I don’t know when I started adding banana to my mashed sweet potatoes. But it was obvious that was what I needed to do with a couple of the Stokes purple sweet potatoes I picked up at the grocery store. Plus, I needed mashed purple 

A cauliflower burger with baked cauliflower patties

A cauliflower burger with baked cauliflower patties

NOTE: Be aware, my dear reader, that this recipe for baked cauliflower patties is a work in progress, but another reader has requested an early share. Maybe you can help to solve the conundrum of my still-slightly-mushy cauliflower burger. As you might know, I hate 

One Pan Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

One Pan Vegetarian Eggplant Lasagna

It’s a common refrain. There are nights when I have neither the time nor the energy to spend hours in the kitchen, chopping and stirring. This vegetarian eggplant lasagna is for those nights.

The recipe takes all of the components of a vegetarian lasagna – vegetables, tomato sauce, lasagne noodles, and cheese – and quickly builds one layer upon the other. All in one skillet. All on the stovetop. And, if you ignore the salting/sweating, all in well under an hour of mostly hands-off time to make a salad, help with a kid’s homework, or just sit down and have a glass of wine.

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How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

How to make strawberry limeade or a strawberry gimlet

There are times I want a classic gin martini at the end of the day. And then there are warm summer evenings that call for sweeter, more refreshing cocktails. These are the drinks my kiddo looks at and asks for one of her own. Luckily 

Red velvet beet waffles

Red velvet beet waffles

These red velvet beet waffles were developed for the reddit 52 weeks of baking challenge, week 19: Veggies Turned Sweet. Bake something sweet with at least one vegetable as an an ingredient. Some of these challenges have been easy to figure out, and some have 

A honey wheat bread recipe for an everyday sandwich loaf

A honey wheat bread recipe for an everyday sandwich loaf

There are some people who make beautiful sourdough boules every week, slashed into intricate patterns. And then there’s me, making sandwich loaves for our lunches. So this honey wheat bread recipe gets a lot of traffic as one of the favorite sandwich breads in our household. 50% whole wheat flour wins over mr. uglyducklingbakery, and yet it’s soft and light enough for my kiddo.

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A bacon and cheese puff (gougère) recipe for the reddit 52 wk baking challenge

A bacon and cheese puff (gougère) recipe for the reddit 52 wk baking challenge

When people ask what appetizer they should make, my first question is always, “Is it to go with cocktails, for an informal dinner, or for a party?” Depending on the answer, my response might include cheese and crackers, olive poppers, or this bacon cheddar popcorn.