Popovers

Popovers in a Muffin Tin

By Michele Newell | June 26, 2013

Michele says: Have you ever had a popover?  If you haven’t, you’re missing out on one of my all-time favorite sides for a Sunday roast.  Crispy and crunchy outside with an airy inside, popovers are the perfect utensil for transporting gravy from plate to mouth.  Like Yorkshire puddings without the pan drippings, popovers are simple…

Easy Italian Bread

By Michele Newell | April 4, 2013

Michele says: A little over ten years ago today, I enrolled in home economics as a school elective.  To say I was excited would be an understatement, and I showed up for my first day of class eager to learn anything and everything I could about sewing, cooking, cleaning, and—most important to me—baking.  The pace…

Gluten Free Zucchini Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread, Regular and Gluten-Free

By Heather Solos | June 7, 2015

Heather says: It may be zucchini season where you live -assuming you’re in North America– if not, it soon will be. While we love zucchini in lots of ways, the CSA is outpacing our ability to eat this awesome vegetable. Ray, who is unfortunately allergic to wheat, mentioned how his grandmother used to make zucchini…

Bread Making and the Stand Mixer

By Heather Solos | February 1, 2008

Heather says: Using a stand mixer can be a great way to knead dough a little faster and without as much physical effort. Personally, I enjoy a chance to work off a little steam. (I have three kids under five, I’m human, there is steam.) When using a stand mixer like a kitchen-aid begin timing…

Basic Scone Recipe

By Michele Newell | June 12, 2013

Michele says: During my freshman year of college, I was required to live in a dorm.  It was the most miserable experience of my life, not because I had a terrible roommate, but because I couldn’t cook or bake without having to use the communal kitchen (which meant I had to share with whomever walked…

Donut Muffins Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 6, 2007

Dear Home Ec 101, I lost my head and signed up to bake something for my mothers’ group. I’m a mess in the kitchen and need something easy. We meet in the morning, if that helps. Help! ~Harried Hostess Heather says: If you can make a cake from a box mix, you can handle these…

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 16, 2009

Heather says: This is a great basic muffin recipe. Swap out the blueberries for whatever fruit you’d like. Reduce the amount of milk for exceptionally wet ingredients such as mashed bananas. Simple Blueberry Muffins Yields 9 muffins 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or plain flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons baking powder…

Bread Making: Introduction

By Heather Solos | January 15, 2008

Heather says: Over the coming weeks I will be posting a series of tutorials on bread making. If you are a novice baker, I invite you to attempt the tutorials in order. While I admire those who would like to begin by tackling 12 grain with sprouted wheat, may I suggest you practice on the…

Step 10 - cooled and sliced

Hearty White Sandwich Bread

By Michele Newell | May 3, 2013

Michele says: I’ll never forget the first time my childhood friend showed me how to make one of her favorite treats.    The recipe was simple: one piece of white bread, squished and squeezed into a compact ball.  It was kind of like a bread bonbon, and the thought of it horrified me immensely.  You see,…



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