Baking, Esq.

28th September 2014





The September Daring Bakers’ challenge was brought to us by Lucie from ChezLucie. She challenged us to make a true Czech treat –Kolaches!

I switched mine up a bit and gave it a Autumn flavor twist.  Instead of the traditional quark (cheese)  filling I made a pastry cream flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice.  Then I switched the plum jam for apricot and added a few more spices…

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21st September 2014


Sweet and Sour Pork

Sweet and Sour Pork


Some weeks I just don’t feel like cooking anything fancy.  Some weeks I just want to cook recipes I barely have to glance at because they are almost memorized.  This was one of those weeks. Plus my brother always says I prefer my dinner in a bowl.  And this is definitely a recipe which lends itself to throwing a little rice in a bowl, topping with the pork, and eating.

This is one of my favorite…

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14th September 2014


French Toast Bagels


Some weeks seem to me more an enthusiastic suggestion than a recipe.  This is one of those weeks.

My husband, last week’s aforementioned New York Pizza snob, also has strong opinions on bagels.  I, alas, agree with him on this one.  Bagels, I have previously thought, were ok.  A little dry, but, you know I like my carbs and carbs which can withstand large quantities of jam… well that was really…

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7th September 2014


Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pizza Sauce


I planted tomatoes this spring and, even with a slight case of the blight, I have tomatoes: beautiful red tomatoes grown by my own two hands! And the CSA my husband and I joined is also sending me beautiful tomatoes.

I have a lot of tomatoes right now.

Thus I am so glad that I found this recipe.  It is a truly delicious pizza sauce.  My husband, a die hard New York pizza snob, even said it tastes…

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31st August 2014


Chocolate Chip Cupcakes


So I have an announcement.  Oooo exciting!  Yesterday I was sworn in as an AmeriCorps Vista.  I am going to be spending the next year working with an inaugural Vista program helping build services and training for Holocaust survivors. This coming Tuesday is my first day on the job.  As I am sure you can guess, I’m excited, nervous, and trying out a bunch of different outfits to figure out what is…

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24th August 2014

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Baked Beans


Can I call these Boston Baked Beans if I baked them in the Washington DC area? The end of summer seems to be rushing towards us, so my husband and I decided to have a big cookout with burgers and watermelon and baked beans.

About 7 years ago I started to notice symptoms which eventually resolved themselves into a food allergy for which I carry an Epi-pen and the whole nine yards.  I can’t consume…

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16th August 2014


Shrimp Pasta


Ok, so the Pioneer Woman calls this recipe “Penne Alla Betsy” but it has become simply Shrimp Pasta in my house.  And this is a very popular dish in the rotation at my house.

And why not?  It has tomatoes, cream, shrimp, and fresh basil.  It is delicious summer on a plate.

Well… delicious if not quite super healthy summer on a plate.

And the best part?  You can go from nothing to dinner in just…

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9th August 2014


Fridge Dill Pickles


So I really really like the CSA we have joined!  It is a lot of fun and I do think we are eating healthier, or at least more veggies. But something happened about two weeks ago. I looked around my kitchen and realized that I had eight cucumbers.  Eight!

Now don’t get me wrong, I like cucumbers.  I enjoy them a lot but I had no idea what to do with eight cucumbers.

Luckily the Smitten Kitchen blog…

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2nd August 2014


Sour Cream Chocolate Icing

Sour Cream Chocolate Icing


Guys, something amazing has happened!

No I’ve not won the lottery or a new car or anything like that.

And no, Kelsey, there are no babies in my futures.  You are never gonna get to be an Aunt, stop asking!

It is better!  I have finally found an icing that is homemade by me and works! Really!  As I have mentioned before, I have never had success with a homemade icing.  And there is something…

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27th July 2014

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Cherry Lime Curd

I love fresh cherry season.

Pitting fresh cherries is another issue entirely.  My mother has an amazing cherry pitter  which I kinda wish I had… hmmm… liberated… when I moved out but alas I didn’t. (Oh hi Mom!) I think the tedium of pitting cherries is why, for all I love them, I rarely make cherry pies, or cherry filled cookies, or other delicious cherry baked goods.  However I made an exception this time.

And it was so worth it.

This is a delicious tart, but not too tart, cherry spread that is begging to be put on fresh baked biscuits or bread.

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