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…

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…

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,…

Bread Making: Meet the Yeast

By Heather Solos | January 16, 2008

Heather says: Yeast are tiny one celled fungi. There are both benevolent and obnoxious strains. One can find yeast commercially for brewing, as a nutritional supplement, and for baking. In bread making, yeast digests sugars and creates carbon dioxide. The structure of the dough traps the gas, giving yeast bread its loft and softness. Too…

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…

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?…

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.…

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…

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…



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