In the Kitchen today & Hysa House Pie Dough

What: Blueberry Pie Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This really needs no fanfare. It's its own parade. Waters calls for 6 cups of blueberries; I used frozen wild blueberries (I did not defrost them before mixing them together with the other filling ingredients). Wild blueberries are smaller in size, more "blue" in [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Lemon Curd and Lemon Curd Tart (p.199) Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters What an easy, bright, delicious, cheerful recipe! This was simply delicious. As Waters suggests in her Variations, I used 1 regular lemon and 3 Meyer lemons, with the zest of 2 Meyer lemons for a sweeter, more perfumed [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Winter Fruit Compote Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This was surprisingly wonderful. A host of dried fruits (golden raisins, cherries, apricots, apples, and currants) are reconstituted in fresh-squeezed orange juice, vanilla bean seeds, star anise, and orange zest strips until plump. And it only takes 5 minutes. This is by [...]

Great Grandma Esther’s Banana Bread & Banana Maple Mini Muffins

My great grandma Esther Fingado made a famously moist banana bread. Her original, flawless recipe for the loaf is as follows: 1 cup sugar 1 cup butter 2 eggs 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 bananas, mashed 1 cup chopped nuts 3 Tablespoons sour cream, or milk* (* She says,"If using milk, [...]

Swedish Almond Anise Rusks

This is a particularly Swedish treat which we enjoy at Fika (Swedish teatime). A rusk is a twice-baked, crisp cookie, like the biscotti but shorter in length. I developed this recipe in honor of my husband's Grandma Mae, who was of entirely Swedish heritage. Her almond rusks were one of her oft-made, most-loved recipes among her [...]

In the Kitchen today…

Smitten Kitchen's Cranberry Pie. Tart and sweet and wonderful. Deb Perelman's cookbook is absolutely worth having on the shelf.

Blueberry Zucchini Mini Muffins

Blueberry Zucchini Mini Muffins 1 1/3 cup Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix 1/4 cup Wellbee's super fine almond flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup raw honey, Lakanto, or 2 Tbl Super Sweet Blend 2 eggs (or flax seed slurry*) 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar [...]

Strawberry Fig Jam Thumbprint Cookies

Strawberry-Fig Thumbprint Cookies For the Jam: 1 pint fresh strawberries 8 fresh figs 1 teaspoon Super Sweet Blend or 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons water zest and juice of 1 lemon dash of salt 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon fig balsamic vinegar (plain balsamic vinegar works too) De-stem and quarter both the strawberries and the figs. [...]