Category Archives: Bread

I’m Back? (With Buttermilk Chive Biscuits)

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So, it’s been a while.

Shortly after the last post on this blog, I fell into a year-long bout of extreme cooking laziness that I am still slowly emerging from.  In truth, I think I had spent so much of the two years before that thinking about what new recipe I wanted to try, making endless trips to the grocery store, and washing so many dishes that I just became burned out.  So for a long time, I either ordered takeout or made spaghetti.  Sometimes, if I was feeling particularly adventurous, I’d make fried rice.  I know.  It’s shameful.

There were other factors too contributing to my cooking ennui.  The kitchen of the apartment I was living in was awful in the sense that the counter tops were made of tile.  I understand that this was a trend a couple of decades ago, but seriously, that has got to be one of the worst ideas for a kitchen ever.  You can’t roll out cookie dough, food constantly falls into the cracks, it photographs terribly….don’t get me started.  Plus, the kitchen didn’t get much light, which made taking pictures pretty difficult unless I used flash and was okay with grotesque off-color images.

And then there was this little bean, who has been a distraction since the day she came to live with me.  The best distraction ever.


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I’m late jumping on the Hunger Games bandwagon.  I’d heard of the books but never felt any desire to read them, which is odd considering that given my fixation with food, you’d think a series where food features prominently would appeal to me.  But no.  I stuck to my first beloved series, Harry Potter, eagerly awaiting the releases of the movies long after the final book had been published, and mourning the end of an era when the final film came out last July.  And when Entertainment Weekly featured the Hunger Games movie as its cover story in early March, I tossed aside that particular issue as one that I wasn’t interested in reading.  Oh, how wrong I was.

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Parker House Rolls

Dear Boston,

In a matter of days, I will be leaving.  I’m sorry.  It’s not you, it’s me.  I’m in need of a change.  I need to go to a place that is simultaneously new to me, yet feels more like home.  I need to make certain career decisions now before it’s too late.  And okay, I lied a little when I said it’s not you.  I can’t stand your winters anymore!

But Boston, it’s been great while it lasted.  Thank you for all the things you’ve given me these last six years.  The vibrant beauty of fall, and a new appreciation for summer after long winters.

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Cranberry Pecan Cornbread

Happy new year! I say this every year, but 2011 really flew by. It seems like just the other day that I was still getting used to writing “2011” on my time sheets, and then, well, life happened – the million everyday moments that march by unnoticed and under-appreciated.  And suddenly, here we are in January 2012, and I’ve been so caught up in pumpkins and then holiday treats that I’ve failed to post a single recipe involving cranberries, that quintessential winter baking ingredient, which are staring me in the face every time I go to the grocery store.

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Raisin Walnut No-Knead Bread

Back in November 2006, the foodie world was taken by storm when Mark Bittman published Jim Lahey’s recipe for No-Knead Bread in the New York Times.  Back in November 2006, I was a second-year law student, living in a dorm where the communal kitchen was conducive to making simple spaghetti, at most.  I vaguely recall trying to make pumpkin bread from a Williams Sonoma mix once, and even that was only semi-successful.

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