Tag Archives: Baking

Cheese Straws

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Last month, I catered a dinner party for which my client and I were trying to think of simple appetizers. She is a huge fan of Ina Garten, and when she mentioned bread sticks, I knew we had to try this recipe out of Ina’s Barefoot In Paris cookbook. Continue reading

Buttermilk Scones

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Here is a recipe I started making in the early ’90s, and people have raved about it every time. I originally got the recipe from a restaurant that has long since closed — the Surrogate Hostess — but more recently I found the recipe in The Seattle Classic Cookbook from the Junior League of SeattleContinue reading

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

April-May 2014 092 In early May I catered a baptism brunch. When deciding what to have on the menu, I went to some of my tried-and-true recipes, including this Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Continue reading

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