Category Archives for Baking

Torta Caprese — Flourless Chocolate Almond Torte

On Christmas Eve my mother served this torta caprese — a flourless, chocolate-almond torte originating from the Isle of Capri — for dessert. If this is any indication of how it was received, not a single person sitting at the … Continue reading

05. February 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Gluten-free, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 35 comments

A Card, and 3 Simple Ways to Begin Your Valentine’s Day Dinner

So often, for me at least, the best part of a dinner out happens shortly after I am seated, when the server sets down a warm roll with a pat of soft butter sprinkled with sea salt or a basket … Continue reading

30. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Hors d'oeuvres, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 20 comments

Brown Butter Blondies with Sea Salt

After a month of abstaining from serious dessert (inordinate amounts of dark chocolate, providing heaps of antioxidants, don’t count), a sugar craving and a magazine blurb had me unearthing baking pans and once again scribbling down butter, chocolate and brown … Continue reading

25. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts | 46 comments

Paul Steindler’s Cabbage Soup and A Peasant Bread Follow-Up

When I’m home in CT visiting my parents, my favorite pastime is poking around the two basement refrigerators, the home of all sorts of treats my mother has been preparing — soups, spanakopita, Grand Marnier chocolate truffles — and stocking … Continue reading

09. January 2013 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, CSA, Soup, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Gingerbread Biscotti And A Few Favorite Holiday Recipes

Biscotti lovers seem to fall into two camps: those who view dipping as essential and those who view dipping as optional. As you can see from the photo above, I fall into the dipping-is-optional camp. I like my biscotti with … Continue reading

22. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Cheese, Cookies, Desserts, Must Have Recipes, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 12 comments

Baked Eggs

For Sunday morning breakfast I made baked eggs, a dish traditionally reserved in my family for one occasion and one occasion only: Christmas morning. Preparing the eggs down here in Virginia felt odd as I’ve never made them outside of … Continue reading

16. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Eggs | 22 comments

Chez Panisse Almond Torte

Some of you know my sister Lindsey. Some of you have only read about her here and thus only know about her penchant for crust-based dishes — pies and quiches in particular — and her love for Peeps and leftovers. … Continue reading

14. December 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fall, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 33 comments

Orange-and-Ricotta Pound Cake & A Few Gift Ideas

As five of us celebrated a quiet Thanksgiving down here in Virginia, the rest of my family journeyed north to Vermont to the shores of Lake Champlain for a wild gathering with my aunt and uncle. Upon returning, my mother … Continue reading

30. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, craft, Desserts, Fair Trade, Fall, Gifts | 43 comments

Maple Cream Tart

Sometimes things just work out for the best. Just as I was about to declare Thanksgiving ruined — my third corn syrup-less pecan pie tasted just as curdled and watery and messy as my first — I took a stab … Continue reading

20. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fall | 37 comments

Tartine’s Currant Scones & Lemon Cream

I’m preparing for Thanksgiving and for my sole visitor, my father, who loves a proper English scone. Unfortunately, these currant scones, I am fairly certain are not proper by any British standards, and I’m fairly certain that serving them with … Continue reading

13. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 19 comments

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