Olive Oil Cake – really

22nd August, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Next week is the final few days of the Eat Local Challenge and it’s always good to end on a sweet note. Despite the fact that sugar is not produced anywhere near here, you can still make an amazingly tasty cake using local flour from Grass Valley Grains and olive oil from several local producers. […] Read More

A simple French dessert for summer

14th June, 2011 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

The first farmer’s markets of the season have begun and local, seasonal fruit is finally – finally! – starting make an appearance around here. I tend to eat most of my fruit raw and straight from my hand. My rational being that it’s about as good as it’s going to get, so why mess with […] Read More

A gingerbread treat for Santa

22nd December, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

It has long been proven that the area of the brain that holds our memories is very near the area that processes scents. Which is why certain scents can transport us back in time to the first day of school, a swimming pool on a hot summer day or our grandma’s kitchen during the hoildays. […] Read More

Pumpkin pie – light and cool

22nd November, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Thanksgiving dinner is a cherished tradition: turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, bread. All our favorite starches and sauces in one place. To end the meal, consider a lighter version of the classic pumpkin pie. Pumpkin mousse pie delivers all the same flavors without the bulk and has the added advantage of being a cold pie – […] Read More

Pears with a crisp

19th October, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

As I’m writing this, I have roughly eight feet worth of cookbooks sitting on the book case behind me. Each of those books makes some mention of crisps, cobblers, slumps, grumbles, crumbles and any other variation on “fruit with a crispy topping”. I’m here to tell you definitively that they are all the same thing. […] Read More

Pie flavor in a cookie

20th September, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

One of the things I love about cooking is that it’s consistent. Cream together butter and sugar, add flour and other good things, bake in a 350 degree oven and you will always get cookies, or cake, or any number of tasty items. It’s comforting. There are also days when you really need a cookie. […] Read More

Julia Child’s gift to cake

14th June, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

For reasons I cannot adequately explain, I have never owned a cookbook by Julia Child. Thankfully, I was able to correct the situation at the Nevada County library book sale. In another moment of serendipity, stone fruit season is upon us. How do these two events go together? I finally have the perfect sponge cake […] Read More

3.14 – a day that comes but once a year

10th March, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

March 14th, in addition to being a lead up to St. Patrick’s Day, also has the distinction of being Pi Day. Since I live with a mathematician and we all like pie, this tends to get celebrated around my house. This year I decided to go with a classic custard pie: banana cream. Banana cream […] Read More

Chocolate lava cake demystified

8th February, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. If you are one of the crowd that prefers to leave the restaurants to the masses and use the day as a reason to make something tasty and romantic at home, then this column is for you. What the main course will be is entirely left up to the […] Read More

A crepery in your kitchen

13th January, 2010 - Posted by admin - Comments Off

Every so often I get involved in a food conversation that inspires me to track down whatever it was we were talking about. This tends to happen if it’s something I haven’t had in a while and is hard to find locally. Most recently it was crepes. Crepes have had a large following in Europe […] Read More

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