Category Archives for Baking

Baking Steel Pizza: Tomato & Mozzarella // Caramelized Onion & Burrata

In September 2008 I returned from Slow Food Nation convinced I would, by the end of the week, build a mud oven in the alleyway next to my apartment and, as a result, have wood-fired pizzas at my disposal from … Continue reading

01. August 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Entrees, Vegetarian | 59 comments

Burnt Eggplant with Za’atar Flatbread

Last summer I discovered eggplant caviar, a dish made from peeled eggplant roasted in a foil-covered pan, a preparation that, with minimal oil, produces the creamiest lightest flesh imaginable. Seasoned with fresh herbs and macerated shallots, spooned over grilled bread, … Continue reading

26. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Eating Locally, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegan, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Canal House Chocolate Chip Cookies

A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me she had checked out Canal House Cooks Every Day from the library and described it as the loveliest cookbook she had seen in a long time. Middle child that I am, … Continue reading

10. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts | 70 comments

Peach Frangipane Tart

There is nothing I don’t love about a summer fruit galette: the sugared and golden crust, crisp and flaky throughout; the delicate ratio of fruit to pastry; the rustic look of dough enveloping fruit. At the height of stone-fruit season, … Continue reading

02. July 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Holidays, Vegetarian | 29 comments

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea: Aretha Frankenstein’s Waffle Mix

A few days ago, Ben came home from work to be greeted by shrieks of joy from the children. They lept into his arms, then immediately threw themselves to the ground in the living room where they began their usual … Continue reading

15. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, craft, Father's Day, Gifts, Holidays | 18 comments

Pissaladière/Focaccia: What to Do With Past-Prime Lahey Pizza Dough

Happily Ever After: or so ends the tale of so many kitchen accidents, this story of a batch of past-prime Jim Lahey pizza dough being no exception. Once upon a time, an avid admirer of the Lahey pizza recipe opened … Continue reading

12. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Lunch | 15 comments

Rhubarb Ice Cream • Rhubarb Jam

The trouble with homemade ice cream, in my experience at least, is its half-life: what tastes smooth and creamy, light and airy on day one, becomes icy and hard, choppy and crystalized on day two. The texture after a day … Continue reading

06. June 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Desserts, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 30 comments

English Muffins with Simple Strawberry Jam • Wren • When My Mother Comes to Visit…

When my mother comes to visit… … she rouses in the wee hours of the morning, brewing coffee, making oatmeal, preparing the kitchen for the pitter patter of hungry, cranky, little (and big) bodies. … all day long she runs … Continue reading

23. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 53 comments

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake • Mother’s Day • Handmade Accordion Book

On one Mother’s Day many years ago, my sister and I ordered our mother a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Although unoriginal and basically thoughtless, the idea might have been somewhat good had we not used mom’s credit card to pay … Continue reading

07. May 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, craft, Desserts, Holidays, Mother's Day, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 62 comments

Even Chewier Granola Bars

During the week of Passover, I received an email from one of the many food websites I subscribe to featuring the most beautiful macaroons I had ever seen. I immediately clicked on the link to read the post, examine the … Continue reading

30. April 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Vegan, Vegetarian | 32 comments

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