Sourdough Scones with Coconut and Chocolate

Sourdough Chocolate Coconut Scones

  Are you beginning to see a pattern in some of my recent recipes?  Sourdough rules in my kitchen lately.  All that trouble I had getting it established.  Now it’s doing so well I can’t seem to hurt it–not that I’m trying to–even after sitting on the counter all day waiting to be fed, after it’s […]

Smoked Salmon Chowder

Smoked Salmon Chowder

  It’s that time of the year in my neck of the woods when spring displays its eagerness to kick winter to the curb by giving us signs of what’s to come.  This means that it is perfectly normal here in the Bay Area to see locals in flip flops and shorts one day only to be back […]

Sourdough Coffee Cake

Sourdough Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chips and Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  “It shouldn’t be so hard,” he said.  “My aunts never had any problems with theirs.” My husband was referring to my four (or was it five?) previous failed attempts at establishing a sourdough starter.  As a child, he had observed the female members of his family effortlessly maintain their sourdough starters, even taking a jar on camping […]

Sweet Potato Scallion Biscuits

Sweet Potato Scallion Biscuits

  Is there a better phrase to use that neither sounds as casual as “I quit my job” nor as momentous as “I retired” for when one has stopped working? These two options just don’t seem appropriate for me, though technically, they’re both correct.  What started out as a temporary stint at my husband’s company (as in […]

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

  When I received my assignment for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. post I was thrilled–I got Lisa’s blog.  If you’ve been visiting me for some time then you’d know what a dear friend Lisa has become.  We met through another blogging community nearly five years ago and have since built a friendship beyond visiting each […]

Almond-Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Almond Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

  If you were to make me choose between cookies or cake, I’ll pick the latter…both to eat and to bake.  Maybe it’s because my cookie repertoire is very limited.  I know only a handful of recipes really well; I use them with confidence but I rarely have the urge to run to the kitchen to […]

Sourdough Spelt English Muffins

Sourdough Spelt English Muffins

  Last year at around this time a family friend generously gifted to me a sourdough starter with a California Gold Rush pedigree.  He had maintained his starter for decades and, understanding what a treasure it was to have my own to take care of, I was thrilled by his gift.  Unfortunately, for a few […]

Breads, Biscuits and Scones: Savory and Sweet

Check out Breads, Biscuits and Scones: Savory and Sweet by Lemons & Anchovies | Jean Pope at Foodie.com I mentioned last week that being away for two weeks over the holidays had me wanting to camp out in my kitchen to bake when we returned home. I did have a chance to bake one batch […]