Why Does My Oven Burn My Biscuit Bottoms

Dear Home-Ec 101, My oven burns pizza and biscuits on the bottom and the top is under-done. Help! Signed, Pastry Proselyte in Provence ┬áHeather says: There are many factors that could be at play inside your oven, it's going to take some detective work on your part to get to the [burnt] bottom of your mystery. Here are the tools … [Read more...]

Tomato Pie: Smack Your Granny Good

Tomato Pie

Heather says: Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own. Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it's tempting, what with the bacon and basil, but just sit … [Read more...]

Why Does My Cornbread Burn on the Bottom?

Dear Home-Ec 101, How do you keep the bottom of the cornbread from burning? I use an electric oven and I've tried putting my muffin pan on the higher rack but that didn't help. The bottom burns but the top stays light. Signed, I Would Prefer Cajun Style Blackening Heather says: It's fairly common for household ovens to not heat to … [Read more...]

Banana Muffins

Banana Muffin Thumbnail

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren't fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don't get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren't. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving. Just as an FYI the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Heather says: What's your favorite cookie? Mine is the very simple chocolate biscotti. I prefer this recipe without the chocolate chips and with the walnuts, but since I was making it for the family, they got it their way. Biscotti is actually an ancient technique for making food fit for travel. Consequently biscotti is suitable for mailing. … [Read more...]