I’ve always been a fan of kumquats, and I’ve always been a fan of cakes without frosting, so this is a win-win. The kumquats, butter and brown sugar form a caramelized tangy citrus goo on top of the cake, and underneath is a tender olive oil concoction. Read the rest of this entry »

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Until a few weeks ago, I didn’t know that the skin of fruit had yeast on it that could be harvested and multiplied, and then used to make bread that has hints of fruit flavor, a tender crumb, and all the beauty and science-fun of natural leavening.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A while back I posted on Instagram about how much I love Chinese eggplant with garlic sauce. Unfortunately no one else in my family likes eggplant, so I wanted to convert this recipe to something everyone would eat. In this case, tofu. Even my dog likes tofu actually – no issue with the hot pepper flakes either!

I also wanted to simplify the recipe as much as possible, to see if the sauce can be mixed together all at once and then dumped into the fry pan. It can!

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A recent New York Times article by health columnist Jane Brody suggested the idea that there are “good vegans and bad vegans.” The bad vegans eat simple carbohydrates and distort the science around nutrition to make their points when proselytizing to others.

Needless to say this was a controversial article with a passionate comments section. Read the rest of this entry »

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“If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef” is the title of this article in The Atlantic. I eat all kinds of meat, but small amounts and infrequently, because I’ve read a lot about the concepts explained in this article and about the health benefits of a plant-focused diet.

The environmental impact of food animal production is enormous. Read the article above, and others on waste run-off from pork production to be convinced to eat more beans for environmental reasons. Read the articles below on eating more plants such as beans to be convinced for personal health reasons.

Below the research links is a How-To on pressure cooking beans and preparing my family’s favorite and quite simple rice and beans dish. Read the rest of this entry »

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Peter Reinhart’s Challah recipe from The Bread Baker’s Apprentice

I put Reinhart’s recipe in metric and made very minor adjustments to technique (basically the yeast prep).

Challah is so delicious and addictive. At my kids’ preschool, I learned to tear challah rather than cut it, and that it is acceptable for a kid to answer, “Both!” to the question, “Butter or cream cheese?”

I prefer butter, but plain and squished in your hand while driving is pretty awesome too.

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Empanadas de Guayaba y Queso (Guava and Cheese Empanadas / Hand Pies / Turnovers)

My first time eating these was at the airport in Miami on my way back from visiting family in Buenos Aires. I fell in love. I started serving guava paste with hard cheeses as an appetizer, but didn’t try making pastries until a comedy video on the YouTube Mitú channel led me to a blog called My Big Fat Cuban Family that features Pastelitos de Guavaba y Queso using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets. I was about to drop a box of these in my cart at the grocery store when I read the ingredients and saw hydrogenated cottonseed oil. Back onto the freezer shelf it went. I believe Whole Foods sells puff pastry sheets made with butter only, so someday I may buy them and follow the Cuban Family recipe…or maybe I will learn to make laminated dough myself.

In the meantime, here is my recipe for guava and cheese pastries, empanada style, with pie crust.  Read the rest of this entry »

A refreshing sourdough recipe to try this summer, or whenever you want a nutritious and unique bread.

My kids loved this bread, although only one of them actually likes quinoa as a dish. In fact, my daughter suggested I write:

“Step into summer with this citrus and mint sourdough bread…and leave out the gross quinoa if you want. By the way, we grow mint along our driveway, so come on over and get some.”

She’s a natural writer.

In all seriousness, sprouting quinoa makes it taste a little sweeter, and the lemon zest and mint turn the bread into a gourmet salad that you can top with crumbled feta or goat cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cheese sourdough breads are a favorite in my house, and I’ve made them many different ways, using many forms of cheese. My husband likes shredded cheese that is diffused throughout the crumb. My daughter likes big chunks that burn on the crust. My older son just loves it any way, and my younger son doesn’t like cheese inside bread (gasp!?).

In this Durum Herb Cheese Bread blog post I wrote for Breadtopia, I outline several was to add cheese and herbs, and show pictures of the resulting crumb they produce.

Below is my recipe for Cheddar Chive Thyme Sourdough Bread where the cheese and herbs are added after the bulk fermentation. Read the rest of this entry »

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In faint gray letters, that says 49 beats per minute.

A fit person’s resting heart rate. Mine.

I didn’t always have that. In my late twenties and much of my thirties, I was in and out of the hospital with pneumonia and lung bleeds. I couldn’t get up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. I rationed my activity, wanting to do things like play in the snow with my kids, but having setbacks if I dared too much.

Nowadays, I can walk my dog, go to a dance class, edit all day, and then take a train into the city to meet a friend for a late dinner — and not have a lung infection flare up. Anyone who knows chronic illness understands that a single one of those activities might result in payback later, so to do all is akin to a miracle. Read the rest of this entry »

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Get closer and breathe it in. Crumb of loaf in previous post. Turmeric, fennel seeds, and black pepper in the first loaf. Lots of black and white toasted sesame seeds in the second. Turmeric is absorbed better with black pepper "piperine" and fat, so bring on the butter. 
I have no idea if the antiinflammatory benefits persist when it's all baked at 500F after a long fermentation. 
But it looks pretty and smells good too. 
#antiinflammatoryfoods #bioavailability #turmeric #sourdough #lievitomadre #masamadre #surdeg #eksimaya #pandeverdad #naturallyleavened #wildyeasts #slowfood #fermentedfoods #organic #artisanbread #realbread #homebaker #cmonboardbakery #breadcatalog #breadbosses #breadtopia #foodphotography #thebakefeed #breadart It's cold, flu and Sugar season in the northern hemisphere, a crummy combination. I love holiday baking, so here's one of my weapons against the ailments. 
Black beans with garlic, and garlic chili sauce, alongside fermented purple cabbage, also with garlic, hot peppers and coriander seeds. 
Nothing better than a runny nose from spice. Plus the probiotics (fermented cabbage) and prebiotics (fructooligosaccarides in garlic, beans) may strengthen your immune system and help you fight off viruses. 
Some bread pics later today, turmeric in one of them...
#probiotics #prebiotics #sauerkraut #fermentedfoods #fermentedpurplecabbage #immunesystemsupport #foodismedicine Half whole grain kamut, half bread flour. Yum. I started this with yeast at 9:30 pm when I realized I had nothing to pack in Monday's school lunches. I tv-slept thru the 1.5 hr bulk, woke up to shape the loaf, and proofed it in the fridge all night. BUT apparently today the kids have a half-day of school. The robo-calls from the district, and the dinner table conversation somehow did not register in my brain. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to bake. Oh, and this morning, I'd already made oatmeal for breakfast, cut the hot bread, and made one sandwich before my half-day revelation. 
Homemade stencil second pic. 
#kamutwheat Braiding hair is easier than braiding bread imo, and it's relaxing for me and my mom. Red fife wheat sourdough naan (half whole grain). I'm getting a little obsessed, and am reminded of my first pregnancy when I used to sit on a stool at the stove and fry and eat crepe after crepe after crepe. Subsequent pregnancies involved no sitting. ever. ☺️ #sourdoughnaan #redfifewheat #naan #sourdough

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