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Banana Muffins with Nuts and Raisins

Sweet Redemption. I Am Talking About Banana Muffins.

Yep. We overbought bananas. Again.  I think my family is secretly trying to force me into baking sweets.  Somehow we always have exactly three overdone bananas left — three is just enough for a banana bread.

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Here is the main reason I do anything I do -- to see this sourcreamy face happy

Sunday Mornings Made Easy — Lazy Dumplings

Sunday mornings were fun when I was a kid.  My sister and I woke up at 9:30 am, unceremoniously crawled into our parents’ bed, waking them up, and got ourselves ready for the weekly TV program called “The Alarm Clock”… It was a Sunday variety show for kids, filled with songs, dance, cartoons, riddles, clowns […]

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Sourdough Pancake Baking

Sourdough Field Day — Pancakes For a Crowd

Quick post today, just a report, really.  My trusted wild sourdough batch worked hard this week.  We were invited to a Shrove Tuesday at our church and wanted to bring something other than the usual bacon pack.  My husband suggested making sourdough pancakes. I bake those occasionally at home, using this Sourdough Pancakes recipe, which […]

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Chicken Liver Pate coated with melted butter

Speedy Gourmet: Chicken Liver Pâté

I like liver, and there is nothing you can do about it.  When I cut up a whole chicken, I always save the chicken belly fat and liver for later. Then I buy another small box of livers and make this quick pâté. It’s divine on a warm croissant, crusty toast, water cracker, or anything […]

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A herd of freshly baked Sourdough Croissants

Highly Addictive Substance Alert: Homemade Sourdough Croissants

This post was submitted to YeastSpotting on 2/3/2013 There is just something utmost special about croissants.  I don’t know if it’s the shape, the warm buttery aroma, or the lacy-flaky-feathery-melt-in-your-mouth-with-slightly-crunchy-tails texture, or all of the above, but when I come across croissants, be it at a grocery store, a bakery, or a street stand, I […]

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Cheese & Spring Vegetable Salad

Fail-proofing your New Year’s Resolutions

If you are one of the 38% Americans who decide to lose weight after New Year, you are probably smack in the middle of the buyer’s remorse period: the enthusiasm and hot-headedness of the first week of intense dieting and exercising had already worn off; you’ve toned down your exercise intensity, but you are still […]

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Farmer Cheese Patties

And on that farm he had some … cheese!

Growing up in Ukraine, we were consuming vast quantities of farmer cheese.  It was a staple, the kind of thing that you almost certainly would find in anyone’s fridge. It was cheap, it was filling, and it was made from whole milk.  Not ricotta. And certainly not the slimy clumpy foodstuff charmingly called “cottage cheese” […]

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