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My aim is to share uncomplicated, unfussy recipes with a healthy twist--perfect for everyday and for entertaining. Let's cook!

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Pumpkin-Shaped Sourdough Loaf

Pumpkin-Shaped Sourdough Loaf For a fun twist on a classic sourdough loaf, shape it into a pumpkin. It's very easy! (Note: a short how-to video for this post is available in my Instagram page.) Before this year's Thanksgiving is officially over and while the scent and taste of today's ... Read More

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Fig-Orange Jam

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry with Fig-Orange Jam Warm, melty brie wrapped in flaky puff pastry is a classic holiday appetizer that's easy to put together but your friends and family will think you slaved over it. (Note: A video of this recipe is posted on my Instagram page. ) My husband and ... Read More

Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Gratin)

Gratin Dauphinois (Potato Gratin) This is a lightened up version of a French classic. No fuss and with all the creaminess, flavor and comfort factor of the original. Last weekend my husband and I met friends for dinner at a neighborhood French restaurant in San Francisco. We had been there ... Read More

Mini Vanilla Scones

Mini Vanilla Scones Inspired by the popular mini scones from Starbucks but dare I say these might be better? Well, yes, yes, they are. Buried deep in this blog, way back to 2011, is a vanilla scone recipe. As a budding baker with not a lot of history with scones at the time, I was lured by ... Read More

How to Dry Sourdough Starter

How to Dry Sourdough Starter Think of dried sourdough starter as insurance in case of mishaps and also for sharing with friends. The process is easy. The first sourdough starter I ever used was one gifted to me by a friend many years ago. It was a starter with a pedigree dating back to the ... Read More

Sourdough Pita Bread

Sourdough Pita Bread Read my tips to get the perfect little pita pockets every time. These are fun to make! It's been a while since I've played with a traditional bread recipe and created a sourdough version of it but a memorable mezze platter that I haven't been able to get out of my mind ... Read More