baking

Guest Post by Erika at In Erika’s Kitchen: Savory Cheese Biscuits with Yogurt

My friend, Erika, writes heartfelt posts on her food-and-family blog, In Erika’s Kitchen. She’s a supercharged, busy woman; her “other blog life” is filling the LA Cooking Examiner with recipes destined to be treasures. I asked her if we could share one such gem here. Erika writes: Every recipe on Worth the Whisk has a […]

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How to Bake A Restaurant-Perfect Potato – Guest Post with Dr. Potato

This guest post is via my longtime foodservice friend, Dr. Potato (AKA Don Odiorne).  Don spent 40 years in corporate foodservice marketing and operations, owned his own restaurant and three pizza franchises. He supervises a web site and foodservice at the Idaho Potato Commission. Hey Don… How do you make a baked potato at home […]

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Apple Cinnamon Brunch Braid

What to do with the second half of my dessert dough from the King Arthur Flour baking demo? I did what they said, I froze it. And then I wanted to eat it. They taught us how to do this at the demo, too, so I made an apple filled braid. First, GO HERE for […]

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Shirley Corriher’s Touch of Grace Biscuits

If you’re a baking fan, you’re a Shirley Corriher fan. Renowned food scientist, writer and frequent guest on Alton Brown’s Good Eats show, Shirley delivers all that’s good about Southern cooking. And, of course, she is the author of my favorite food science book, CookWise. Shirley is a what we home economists love – a […]

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Scratch-Made Cinnamon Rolls

Scratch Made Cinnamon Rolls… Look right up close at those tender flakes, the cinnamony swirl, ooey vanilla icing. To get to this point was a sticky, messy Sunday baking project; didn’t shower until 3 PM. But I arm-wrestled my way to success making scratch cinnamon rolls just to prove I wasn’t a loser. “Loser?” you […]

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Tangerine Tart with Cookie Crust

For more than a decade, I’ve held onto this Sunset Magazine page. You see, the prolific tangerine tree that came with this house disappeared the day our yard was demo’d for landscaping. Waaaaa. Not sure why I never just bought fruit to make the tart; maybe I was insecure.

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Williams-Sonoma Sugar Cookies

Sigh — even a really cool message-stamping cookie kit can’t hide my icing skills. Thankfully, a sponsor at Camp Blogaway will be the Wilton cake decorating gurus because this shouldn’t happen. So, my Happy Birthday cookies for Larry started out lovely. But my little decorating kit box’s postage date of 1976 from college was a […]

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Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Last Sunday, a very chilly day, was just right for baking cookies. And I knew my box of Quaker Oats would have an oatmeal cookie recipe, so I looked… but, hmmm?? Was I mistaken? Oh wait, pop off the lid – there it was, on the inside.

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Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Chocolate Almond Biscotti

Biscotti. Good dunking cookie, but not so fond of anise flavor. By consulting several basic recipes in my “collection” (read: stuffed binder), I devised a Chocolate Almond Biscotti. No anise, yes almond extract. And a chocolate coating because, uh let’s think here… CHOCOLATE. Larry gave the basic cookie a thumbs-up even before the second baking, […]

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Ginger Scones

Hans Rockenwagner sold Ginger Scones at his bakeries in LA and Venice. And then he didn’t. Apparently they were deeeelicious; an LA Times food section reader wanted the recipe, and they published it. Larry’s recipe binder is jam-packed with pages like this – baked goods, ginger flavored, someone’s favorite. He had yet to make these, […]

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Double-Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies from More Magazine

More Magazine is me me me. Besides being written for Women Of A Certain Age, the magazine publishes decent recipes. Such as “Cookies for Grown-ups.” I’m a grown-up and so is Larry. We like grown-up flavors and this particular recipe in the November 2009 More Magazine was definitely US: Double Ginger. AND Chocolate. AND Chunk. […]

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Truvy’s Cuppa Cuppa Cuppa from Steel Magnolias

Movie food grabs my attention. One favorite is Steel Magnolias.  I watch practically any time it airs — food has such an active role.  The Easter eggs getting smashed in Truvy’s car trunk starts it off.  Truvy (Dolly Parton) and Annelle (Darryl Hannah) scooping corn and potatoes at the fair while updating Shelby (Julia Roberts) […]

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Fresh Basil Soft Pretzels

Jen, our way-cool yoga instructor at Camp GetAway for Mothers & Others had an explosion of gorgeous basil growing in her victory garden.  She was asking me about making pesto — just as I was thinking of making pretzels.  The ideas collided. The March 2004 issue of Gourmet had a Kitchen Notebook story on how […]

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