Toaster Pastries: Fearless Friday #24

By Heather Solos | October 30, 2009

Heather says: Does anyone ever notice how Thursday just seems to sneak up on a person? I mind my own business, but it seems to happen every seven days or so. This week I managed to squeeze in a quick Fearless Friday. I decided to try out making a homemade version of PopTarts™. Guess what?…

Bread Making: Introduction to Basic Flours

By Heather Solos | January 23, 2008

Heather says: The first few bread recipes will be made with flours that should be carried by your local grocery store. All Purpose Flour – is also known as plain flour.  It can be found in bleached and unbleached varieties.  Unbleached flour has more of the wheat’s protein intact and is typically better for bread…

I'm sure someone can find cheap grocery-bakery alternatives, but I promise those are nothing like tearing into these cinnamon rolls straight from the oven.

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 10, 2009

Pancakes 101: The Basic Buttermilk Pancake

By Heather Solos | August 10, 2009

Heather says: Nothing says weekend indulgence like a pancake and nothing tastes better than a pancake served up by someone else. But what happens when you’ve moved out and a weekly trip to IHOP just isn’t in the budget? You learn how to do it yourself. This recipe is simple and a great starting point…

Bagels Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 3, 2007

Heather says: Bagel purists avert your eyes. I believe I’ll refer to this recipe as Quick and Dirty Bagels.” They get the job done, are much better than frozen, and do not require a whole lot of work, but I would never put them up against a genuine NY bagel. This recipe was originally designed…

Flatbread Recipe

By Heather Solos | January 29, 2010

Heather says: I had pretty much written off Fearless Friday for this week. Since I’m out of town, without a real pantry, that’s about all the cooking adventure I was willing to handle while working under the pressure of a big deadline. Then last night, I saw a tweet from Candice of Ragamuffin Design. She…

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…

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…

Bread Making Tutorial: Basic White Bread

By Heather Solos | January 24, 2008

Heather says: At long last, the first in the series of simple bread tutorials. We are beginning with a plain white bread recipe. This version is extremely simple. It is free of most allergens (wheat being the obvious exception) so it is useful for those avoiding eggs and dairy. Nutritionally, well, let’s just say that…

Banana Muffins

By Heather Solos | December 26, 2010

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.…



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