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Discovering Sourdough Pizza

Do you want to improve the taste of your homemade pizza? Make it with sourdough! Start with a basic recipe and you will notice the difference in taste right away. Don’t know how to make a sourdough starter? Watch the video at the end of this post! King Arthur has a sourdough pizza crust recipe…

Great Biscotti Recipes for Beginners

The first time I truly enjoyed a biscotti was while relaxing at Muddy Waters, a cozy cafe in downtown Burlington, Vermont. During my short lunch break from the school library, I would take time for myself among the cafe’s dark woody walls. Cuddled in one of their comfy chairs with a cup of coffee and…

Natalya Syanova’s Bread Baking

“I loved walking home with a warm loaf of bread and breaking off a piece of fresh, delicious crust to chew along the way.” — Natalya A molasses-flavored sourdough bread I have made several times was discovered on a site named, Natasha’s Baking. It’s soft rye bread with a touch of sweetness. The bread has…

Tofu Cabbage Vegetable Soup

Soup is so good for you! It warms your insides and comforts your soul. A cookbook, Recipes between Friends* published by Pasco County Florida Libraries, included a vegetable soup with just the right amount of vegetables and broth that makes it easily modified. I have adapted the base of this soup many times with great…

Scaloda Soup

My loving grandmother, Sebastiana, lived in a two-story house on Liberty Street in Middletown, Connecticut. Born in Sicily, she came to the United States with her new husband, had a daughter and a son (my father), and 6 granddaughters. Visits with her were joyful, boisterous occasions where her small kitchen managed to fit us all.…

The Beauty of Braided Breads

When I was a young girl, I remember my sister Judy braiding a sweet dough interspersed with raisins and chopped nuts. She brushed the top with wonderful sweet icing. The soft sweetness of this golden bread made quite an impression. To this day, whether the bread is a German Stollen, Swiss Kopf, or Jewish Challah,…

Pumpkin and Chocolate Chips

“It’s pumpkin season everything!” This quote was posted on social media by my nephew several years ago. His reference to pumpkin season was followed by a fun list of all the fun pumpkin foods on the market this time of year. It made me laugh because it’s so true! Once fall begins, we are inundated…

Anise & Apricots

This artisan apricot sourdough bread developed by Sophie MacKenzie is delightfully sweet yet has no sugar! I particularly enjoyed the unique subtle anise flavor created by adding anise seeds. Twice made, this recipe turned out to be fantastic sandwich bread or incredibly delicious sliced for snacking. Any sourdough bread baker would find this bread super…

Grandma’s Lavender Cookies

“Her love was like lavender, delicate and melancholy.” – from ‘The Painting of Mrs. Ravensbrook’ by Laura Chouette Lavender may be delicate, but its fragrance is intense! My backyard garden has a burgeoning Munstead Lavender plant with deep purple flowers. They were so abundant this season that I was able to create a beautiful lavender…

Zoodles with Pesto and Pak Choy

I’m excited! Now that I have been experimenting with many different recipes, I have begun to refine my culinary skills. My husband and I have a large backyard vegetable garden. Cooking and eating fresh vegetables from my garden is something I especially enjoy. Right now, we have an abundance of pak choy, Genovese basil, and…

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