Rainbow Chard and Fig Puff Pastry Galette

  Have you ever been so obsessed with an idea that you can’t get it out of your head? I’m that nutty person who always thinks she’s on the cusp of “the next best thing”. Two wildly different business ideas have been cooking in my head for a few months but I haven’t done a […]

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 Scones with Coconut and Chocolate

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cinnamon Raisin Streusel Muffins

  One of my favorite segments in the America’s Test Kitchen show (ATK) is the taste test.  This is where Chris Kimball samples a particular item from several brands/sources (before selecting his favorite) while Jack Bishop shares background details and/or group tasting results.  Over the years, I’ve learned to trust their call on a lot […]

Pumpkin Cheese Bread

  My town is a maze of jogging trails, linking each part of the neighborhood to the others.  It’s one of the things I love about living here; I’m only a short drive from San Francisco but here it feels like living in the country.  A fellow local might correct me by saying that the trails are actually […]

Ham, Cheese and Chive (Spelt) Scones

  Do you ever have one of those weeks that stand out as good eating weeks?  Last weekend was one of those for me.  Between meeting friends for dinner and spending time with my family I feasted for two days.  Actually, I’m still feasting from a care package that my parents sent home with me, […]