Never make plans with a croissant, they are flaky. – from ReadBeach This croissant quote made me laugh, but it’s partly true! Delicious croissants are quite flaky and light. We hardly realize that they are “empty calories” because they are delightfully and delicately sweet. I had fun making authentic French croissants through La Cuisine ParisContinue reading “La Cuisine Paris”
Did you know that during WWII, the librarians at The American Library in Paris delivered books to their forbidden Jewish patrons right under the noses of their German occupiers? This captivating novel, The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles is filled with wartime suspense, the nuances of friendship, romance, betrayal, and fascinating historical information aboutContinue reading “The Paris Library”
The trick to making crispy sourdough crackers is baking them long enough that they become crispy and golden. Little Spoon Farm has a terrific sourdough cracker using sourdough discard. I adapted the recipe creating a salty-herb cracker with wonderful Italian flavors. The olive oil replacement for butter contributed to a nice crispy cracker that mayContinue reading “Italian Herb Sourdough Crackers”
Before Easter, Deb @everything.sourdough posted photos of her Sourdough Hot Cross Buns on Instagram. She mentioned that they are “traditionally eaten on Good Friday”. This piqued my interest. So I decided to do a bit of online research about the history of hot cross buns. Not surprisingly, there were numerous and fascinating websites to exploreContinue reading “Holy Hot Cross Buns”
“The greatest forms of creativity are born of paradox” — David Chang I was shopping at the nearest food co-op and noticed the cashier with a closed book on the counter. Always curious about what others are reading, I asked her about it. The book had an interesting cover. DAVID CHANG’s name was in largeContinue reading “Eat a Peach, A Memoir”
This week I made Shitake Mushroom Noodle Soup with Peas Three Ways from Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen. The soup turned out to be a delicious mushroom-based soup that was even more flavorful the second day. Dorothy has introduced her followers to the method of making delicious stock or broth using food scraps and straining themContinue reading “Discovering Flavorful Broth”
This BBQ tofu recipe Crispy Gochujang Korean Tofu comes from the website, eat with CLARITY. The recipe has gluten-free options and directions for making a nutritious vegan BBQ sauce. This tofu with barbecue sauce is super easy to prepare, so it is a great weeknight recipe. I typically don’t like the flavor of BBQ sauce,Continue reading “Rapturous BBQ Tofu”
Michelle Zauner’s book, Crying in H-Mart is an honest, powerful memoir about the intricate bond Michelle has with her Korean mother, Chongmi. It is also about the self-exploration that she experiences upon learning that her mother is dying of cancer. Michelle born in Seoul, South Korea relocated to Eugene, Oregon with her parents when sheContinue reading “A Korean American Memoir”
“If at first you don’t succeed — try, try again.” When I retired from my position as a middle school librarian, I was gifted with a beautiful OmaMarta handcrafted embossed rolling pin from Estonia. I was so excited to begin using it but had no idea that embossing pastry would be challenging. However, as anContinue reading “Chocolate Embossed Linzers”
This Easy Sourdough Focaccia recipe by Elien from her blog site, Home Grown Happiness is a must share. For those who may not know what Focaccia is, it is an Italian flatbread that is commonly topped with olive oil and a variety of herbs. I have attempted to make Focaccia using other recipes, but thisContinue reading “Rosemary & Olive Sourdough Focaccia”
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