Savory Sourdough Waffles

Most bakers who maintain a sourdough starter have their go-to recipes for the discard–the leftover starter that gets tossed in the trash after a small amount has been set aside for future bakes. Crackers, pancakes, waffles and breadsticks are the most popular uses for what others say is “spent fuel” (the microorganisms have already consumed […]

Sourdough Bread, Ken Forkish Method

I know, I know. You probably don’t need another bread recipe. Not even one for sourdough. Not even if I tell you that this bread tastes better than my favorite artisan loaf from the market. And certainly you wouldn’t want it from someone who has not yet mastered the art of bread baking. We all […]

Sourdough Focaccia

Well, hello. It’s been a while. One year to be exact. I started out trying to explain my absence–a broken foot the day after my last post here, a succulent addiction that has taken me out of the kitchen and into the garden, a bit of traveling, a shortage of inspiration, too, if I may […]

Cracked Wheat Salad

  The woman behind the deli counter watched me patiently as I scanned my options for lunch.  There were the usual offerings–various salads, several proteins and other pre-cooked dishes. Over the years, I’d tried almost all of the salads at my neighborhood market but I would always opt out of one, an orange-colored, grain-based salad that sits next to the tabouleh. Early […]

The Garden of Earthly Delights

When I stopped working last February, in an attempt to fill some of the free time I knew I would have, I tackled a project I’d been meaning to cross off the list for quite some time. My front and back yards were in desperate need of a makeover by way of cleaning out numerous overgrown […]

Roasted Squash and Apple Soup

While packing for our trip to Hawaii in early January, I caught my husband with a puzzled look on his face as I threw a few miso soup packets into my suitcase. “You’re taking soup with you to Hawaii?” he asked. “Of course.” I replied. As if packing soup for a trip to a tropical island were […]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving is around the corner and I still haven’t received my assignment for the Thanksgiving Day meal. For years I played host, focusing on the turkey and other savory dishes while my family took charge of dessert and other sides to round out the Thanksgiving feast. There’s been a shift in recent years; the hosting […]

Apple Coffee Cake

  The last time I checked in it was July, the middle of summer, hot.  I took the rest of summer off from blogging for my wedding anniversary and a three-week trip to Europe.  My husband and I returned for the fourth time to St. Jean Cap Ferrat with stops in Paris, Brussels, Bruges and London. […]