Tag Archives: Baking

Chocolate-Chip Biscotti


April-May 2014 042This recipe, surprisingly, is gluten-free . . . Continue reading


Best-Ever Bran Muffins

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I came across this recipe many years ago and recently had the opportunity to make it for a brunch I catered. This is by no means paleo or gluten-free, but it is a delicious muffin with a nice texture, full of healthy ingredients. Continue reading

Happy Pi Day!

blueberry pies_croppedIn honor of National Pi Day (3.14, for those of you who didn’t know), I’m sharing a recipe for Blueberry Hand Pies.

I know that math people think of this as a day to celebrate the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or something like that (I found that on the website), but food people like me think it’s a good day to celebrate PIE. Continue reading

Holiday Cookies

cookies 4A client introduced me to this recipe last year, and I liked it much more than I expected to. Don’t let the name deceive you: These are not very much like fruitcake (I am not a fan). They are buttery and nutty, and the dried fruits have a hint of cognac flavor. Continue reading

Cranberry Tart

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I almost always have Thanksgiving dinner at my mother’s house in Port Orchard, where she does most of the cooking (believe it or not, I don’t make every one of my family’s meals). When we were discussing our plans on the phone last month, she told me she had seen a recipe for a cranberry tart, but she didn’t have time to make it.

The recipe, she said, was in the current issue of Edible Seattle, which I just happened to have at my house in Seattle, too. So I prepared it for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it would make a good Christmas dinner dessert as well, so I’m sharing it with you. Continue reading

Turkey Help?

baked pies (2)I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day with my family, and then spent the rest of the weekend with family, our pups, and getting ready for the busy month ahead.

If you still have turkey leftover from your feast, and your family is tiring of turkey sandwiches, here is an idea for something different. Continue reading

Holiday Baking, Part II

fall tartsOn Sunday, I posted a recipe for Sweet Potato Hand Pies, which I made for a client who was attending pie-themed Thanksgiving brunch last year.

Today, I’m sharing a second hand pie recipe, which I made for my client as well as for my own family last holiday season (see photo above)—this one filled with fresh cranberries infused with orange. I found this recipe in the November 2012 issue of Bon Appétit. Continue reading

Holiday Baking, Part I

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It’s hard to believe that I last posted in early November, and now the month is almost over. I imagine that—like me—you are probably thinking about Thanksgiving. If you’re really organized, you’ve probably got your menu planned already. But if not, I hope a few holiday baking ideas on the blog will help inspire you.

Last year, one of my clients was invited to a Thanksgiving brunch for about 20 people, with the instructions that everyone was supposed to bring pie. Continue reading

Cookie Time

Jan-Feb5-2012 008One of my clients recently asked me to make these chocolate shortbread cookies for her, and a friend of hers asked for the recipe, so I’m posting it again now. Continue reading

Cupcakes for Mom


Mother’s Day is coming up this weekend, and here’s a dessert to make for your mother if she’s following a paleo or gluten-free diet—or if you are, and you want to enjoy a sweet treat with your family. Sharing this recipe can also be a way to convince people who can’t imagine eating paleo that it’s really not so bad. Continue reading