Cheddar Einkorn Crackers with Garlic | #BreadBakers

Cheddar Einkorn Crackers

Cheddar crackers with garlic, made with Einkorn flour - an ancient grain - and olive oil in place of butter. When I was in culinary school, my favorite thing beyond everything else was baking bread. It was the one time I really felt connected to the food, where I felt the give and take of a relationship. There's nothing like kneading your own bread, witnessing the magic of it doubling in size or more, and shaping it, to put you in awe of the food we eat. And trust me, there's nothing ...

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Hash Browns Poutine Cups with Egg Scramble | #SundaySupper #FWCON

Hash Browns Cups filled with Egg Scramble

Do you poutine? Do you know what poutine is? Confession – I didn’t, so don’t feel uninformed if you don’t. I love the word – it makes me feel oh-so-fluent in French. ‘Voulez vouz poutine?’ So when Idaho® potatoes (technically the fabulous Idaho Potato Commission) shouted out to us that they’d love to sponsor an event for our first National Sunday Supper Month, and promptly framed a contest around poutine, I said ‘OUI!’ and signed up for selection – having absolutely no clue what poutine ...

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Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers | #SundaySupper

Cauliflower Tetrazzini with Poblano Peppers

Vegetarian tetrazzini loaded with cauliflower and poblano peppers, and switches out the more traditional sour cream or heavy cream for yogurt. I hope all of you had memorable holidays, as we wrap it all up with a huge football weekend (go Steelers!!). My stepson and his 3 of his 5 kids came to visit us in Tahoe for several days of fun times. Skiing, sledding, bowling, go-kart racing, Star Wars VII, and playing games were all on the menu, along with celebrating two of my grandson's ...

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Summer Peach Cake: #IsabelsBirthdayBash

Summer Peach Cake

Do you like surprises? I find that people usually have a position on this, and I admit I fall in the 'don't like' side of the surprise issue. I don't remember any horrible experience, and don't think of myself as controlling (my husband will disagree here - so maybe I should say unusually controlling), but there you have it. I'm not keen on surprises. I like knowing what I'm getting for Christmas - although one little surprise here and there is ok. I like to have all my hotels arranged for ...

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Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies

Soft ginger molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger.

Secret Recipe Club: Soft ginger-molasses cookies with little chunks of sugared ginger for an extra kick. Every year on Secret Recipe Club, we get a get-out-of-jail card. Which is to say, we get either December or January off without penalty, depending on the group we're in. My group and another one gets December off. The other two groups get January off. Yes, we can take occasional months off for vacation and life in general, but this Club looks for bloggers who post regularly on their ...

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Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberries | #SundaySupper

Breakfast or Brunch: Eggnog Dutch Baby Pancakes with Cranberry Sauce and Maple Syrup

For your holiday breakfast or brunch meals - Dutch baby pancakes made with eggnog and nutmeg, and topped with cranberry sauce mixed with maple syrup. The best laid plans. The original plan was Eggnog Dutch Babies With Spiced Pears. I researched flavors that blended well with eggnog. I read other pancake recipes using eggnog. I even got pears a few days ahead of needing them so they'd be softened. (Well, actually closer to a week before I needed them, and they were at that "Shit! I'd ...

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Wine-Poached Spiced Pear Strudel with Chocolate

Wine-poached spiced pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries.

Secret Recipe Club: Wine-poached and spiced pear strudel with pears layered in a phyllo crust with chocolate and rum-soaked dried cherries. This might be my new(est) favorite dessert. Yes, I know I always say that. But I really mean it. It's perfect when you want something fairly quick that looks like you went to a LOT of trouble. And I'm thinking it's pretty healthy, as far as desserts go. The star of the show is the spiced pears, with a strong supporting cast from the chocolate shavings ...

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Spiced Cranberry Buckle | #SundaySupper

clove spiced buckle with cranberry sauce.

  This week's theme at #SundaySupper is Thanksgiving Leftovers, hosted by Jennie at The Messy Baker. As we approach this food-centric holiday, this week's theme is the perfect guide for you through the long weekend that follows your annual feast. I love leftovers. They give me an infinite array of possibilities I don't normally have. It's all fun, but my favorite leftover to work with is cranberry sauce. It can go into bars, turnovers, scones, farro dishes, or become a sauce for pork. Last ...

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Jalapeño Cornbread Poppers

Jalapeños filled with cornbread appetizer

#Secret Recipe Club: Jalapeño cornbread poppers! Jalapeño halves are filled with cornbread for a perfect party appetizer. (Includes instructions for baking at high altitude.) Sometimes you see a recipe and instantly recognize genius simplicity. The genius perfection of peanut butter and jelly filling for a chocolate layer cake. Or whipping up cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract and piping it into hulled strawberries with a sprinkle of graham crackers for a lazy cheesecake dessert. ...

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Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips

peanut butter cookies, old fashioned

#Secret Recipe Club: Slightly chewy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with chocolate chips. This is my first month to post with the Secret Recipe Club, and I'm really excited. But there was a little bump in the road on my way to this post. I came home one evening a couple of weeks ago, checked email and Facebook before heading to bed (please tell me I'm not the only person here who does that), and noticed a cascade of emails from the SRC group chirping about their posts that had ...

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Broccoli-Cranberry Bean Salad

broccoli salad, how to cook cranberry beans

Healthy broccoli and cranberry salad + dried cherries, red onion and grapes with a lemon-garlic-yogurt dressing + high-altitude tips. A shiny new farmer's market just opened up here in Incline Village (on Lake Tahoe). It's small - with maybe 15 tents, very personal (one elderly farmer glanced dismissively at the plastic bag of baby kale I handed to him to be weighed, snorted that it wasn’t enough to weigh, and charged me $1.oo), and offers live music while you browse tables laden with ...

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