Drunken Pie Crust: The Secret To Great Pie

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Other dishes are quintessential on the Thanksgiving table, sure: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes. I consider Brussels sprouts essential, and some kind of cranberry preserve that has never seen a can must grace the table, too. But pie – oh boy, that’s where the buck stops, isn’t it? Pumpkin pie is a classic, but apple and [Continue Reading...]

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips and Bourbon

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Let’s talk about how pumpkin flavors are forced into everything at this time of year. I know this isn’t a universal feeling, but I kinda run screaming from pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin ale, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin pie flavored vodka (blech) and many of the “pumpkin spice” type commercial products that hit the shelves in October [Continue Reading...]

Gluten Free Cake That Actually Tastes Awesome

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We had a lovely couple over to dinner for the first time a few days ago and the lady of the pair kept to a gluten free diet (and has for like 17 years, so you know it’s not a passing thing). I know what you’re saying: “Hey, I know someone who is gluten free!” [Continue Reading...]

Cinnamon Spiced Apple Fritters

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My counter was full of good but not perfect apples from the espaliers. Each had a little scab or a bruise or a small wormhole, so they weren’t going into storage in the refrigerator. Over the course of the day the whisper in my brain: “apple fritters…apple fritters….” rang louder and louder until finally I [Continue Reading...]

Dark Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies: Insanely Good and Easy

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Apologies in advance for these cookies. Food this good should be harder to make, if only for the sake of our pants’ size. One bowl easy and classic (yet somehow better) chocolate chip cookie decadence. If I had known this recipe would be good enough to share I would have taken more pictures of the [Continue Reading...]

Honey, Nut and Raisin Granola: A Litmus Test For Beekeeping

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Homebrew Husband and I are dancing around the idea of maybe, someday, possibly keeping honeybees. We are being very sensible about this. We are not rushing in. We are getting a bee education before we plunge into apiarying. I’m currently taking a fantastic Apprentice Beekeeping class through the local branch of Washington State University’s Extension program, and when I’m done, he’ll take [Continue Reading...]

Good From The Garden: Plum Perfect Galette

You know how people say “easy as pie,” when something couldn’t be simpler? Well, sorry pie, there is something simpler, and tastier: the galette. Oh, sure, you might argue that a galette is just a French pie, and in a way you’d be right. But this flat, simple, rustic (galettes are always described as rustic, which I find [Continue Reading...]

Big Batch Almond Zucchini Bread (Or, How To Use Up A Lot Zucchini After It Has Started To Irritate You)

Zucchini is like that friend who calls you just a bit too often. When the relationship first starts up, you’re so excited! New, cute little zuke, nice little chit chat…and for a while you’re thinking: wow, this is so great! This relationship is so rewarding. And then, after eight weeks of being stalked incessantly by an unending [Continue Reading...]

Oh, What A Glorious Morning, Muffin!

There’s a local cafe that serves chocolate chip cookies that should be illegal and morning glory muffins that really do make my morning glorious. Since I have an ethical and financial problem paying $6.50 for a muffin and cup of coffee, and since it behooves my expanding ass to stay away from the chocolate chip [Continue Reading...]

Just What The Internet Doesn’t Knead (Updated)

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There’s about a 95% chance that you’ve heard of the famous No Knead Bread recipe, put out by the New York Times and re-posted by…well…everyone. For the 5% of you that have yet to become master No Knead Bakers, I offer up my personal lionization of the technique. It’s simple, it’s fool-proof, it’s delicious, it [Continue Reading...]