Cannelés #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Cannelés | A French pastry from Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, Baking Chez Moi

Cannelés, simple French pastries baked in channeled molds can be found in bakeries across France. Diminutive in size, cannelés are made from an eggy crepe-like batter and have soft tender interiors with mahogany glazed crusts. An Exquisite French Pastry We totally missed cannelés when we were in Paris…croissants and chaussons aux pommes, yes, but these […]

Pumpkin Palmiers #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin Palmiers #PumpkinWeek

These sensational Pumpkin Palmiers were gobbled up by my girlfriends…need I say more? Homemade Pumpkin Butter This recipe for pumpkin palmiers deserved to be revisited. The first time I baked them up, I had a jar of pumpkin butter from Williams-Sonoma in my fridge, but that’s a seasonal item and these are too tasty to […]

Chicken, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Stir Fry #WeekdaySupper

Chicken, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Stir Fry #WeekdaySupper

Stir Fry to the Rescue Sometimes coming up with dinner ideas is a chore. I’m happy to bake cookie after cookie, whip cream and make mousses, but entrees are another story. I’ll poll the family and they shrug their shoulders. Thank goodness for stir fries…they always bail me out. The meat marinates while I chop […]

Spider Web Cookie Cake

Spiderweb Cookie Cake #HolidayFoodParty

 A Chip Off the Ol’ Dad I am not an artsy craftsy gal. I have two sisters who are painters, one who actually got her Masters in Painting, and a mother who also has her MFA and is an accomplished calligrapher. Unfortunately, I inherited my dad’s artistic ability. The epitome of a physics professor complete with the […]

Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Apple Cinnamon Rolls #TwelveLoaves #Kerrygold

An Autumn Breakfast Treat I made a batch of butter laden brioche dough for some dinner rolls. Half was left in the fridge and I had up to 5 days to use it up. My family adores cinnamon rolls…they were truly in mourning when we could no longer get Sara Lee frozen cinnamon rolls at […]

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies #GuestPost

Brown Butter Toffee Cookies for a Friend Have you met my sweet blogger friend, Kate, of Food Babbles?  Kate is the mom of three gorgeous daughters, a wife, EMT as well as a talented cook and baker. Her dedication to family and helping others make her a one of a kind friend. When I heard she was having shoulder […]

Brioche Dinner Rolls #SundaySupper

Brioche Dinner Rolls #SundaySupper

Brioche Dinner Rolls: Tender and Buttery The cool, crisp start to autumn brought back my desire to turn on the oven and bake up some bread. Since my mixer can do all the kneading, it’s a matter of allotting enough time at home for the yeast to work its magic. These rolls required an overnight rising […]

Celery-Celery Soup |celery, celery root and apple soup from Dorie Greenspan

Celery-Celery Soup #FrenchFridayswithDorie

Celery and More Celery We haven’t discussed celery much. I happen to love the stuff. Cooked or raw, it’s terrific on a crudite platter as well as in salads, stews, soups and casseroles. One night, a few years back, I had a casserole for dinner which happened to have some minced celery as one of […]


Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies #TuesdayswithDorie

After the 2 day process of making croissants earlier this month, it was nice to have a simple cookie recipe for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie. Except that this was no ordinary chocolate chip cookie recipe; the recipe was for Mocha Chocolate Chunk Cookies. There was instant coffee in the dough…truly a grown up cookie…unless you’re […]

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Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak

April brings a lot of celebrations:  Bill and Nick’s birthdays, our wedding anniversary (25 years on the 5th!), and often Easter.  I was delighted when this exquisite Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak recipe made the French Fridays with Dorie April rotation. Served with sauteed mushrooms, broccoli, and new potatoes, this was a feast worthy of all […]


Carnitas #SundaySupper #CookingLow&Slow

It’s hard to be an expert on a dish you’re making for the first time…especially when you’ve never even tasted them. But carnitas have been on my bucket list for a while…and this recipe did not disappoint. Cooked in its own fat, these tender morsels of seasoned pork developed delightfully crispy edges. And rolled into […]

Fudgy Brownies

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I know I have a zillion brownie posts. But I thought it might be fun to do a side by side comparison of brownies made with cocoa powder and those made with melted chocolate. I was surprised at how much my boys like the Cocoa Brownies. So as part of my baking demo today, […]


White Chocolate Monster Munch #SundaySupper

Everyone in Indianapolis knows about this recipe…it’s the White Chocolate Party Mix featured in our Jr. League cookbook, Winners. I’ve tweaked this “Monster Munch” so all my favorites are in my version of the medley: Rice Chex, pretzels, cashews and M&M’s. But basically, you can add whatever cereal, nut or candy that you’d like. The […]

On-Line Bake Sale to Benefit Japan…Butterfinger Cookies~

Please visit The Tomato Tart today, March 30, 2011, to bid on a fabulous variety of baked goods.  All proceeds will go to Second Harvest Japan to assist in replenishing their food bank.  The need is great after the horrific devastation from the recent earthquake and tsunami.  I hope you will consider bidding on my […]