Category Archives for Baking

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 | 39 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

My Mother’s Peasant Bread: The Best Easiest Bread You Will Ever Make

When I tell you that, if forced, I had to pick one and only one recipe to share with you that this — my mother’s peasant bread — would be it, I am serious. I would almost in fact be … Continue reading

07. November 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Olallie Cafe recipes | 1,734 comments

Double Chocolate Cake, Fair Trade Cocoas, & A Giveaway from Lake Champlain Chocolates

Nearly a decade ago, a pan of brownies emerged from my oven that changed everything. Before discovering this recipe, I couldn’t stash enough brownie recipes away, particularly those sounding most outrageous, the ones loaded with chocolate, the more varieties the … Continue reading

30. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Fair Trade, Gifts, Must Have Recipes, Olallie Cafe recipes | 153 comments

Pizza with Lemon, Smoked Mozzarella & Basil

As much as I love lemons, the thought of placing them atop pizza never would have crossed my mind. Squeezing a wedge of lemon over a slice of white clam pizza — that’s natural; biting into whole slices of lemon, … Continue reading

25. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Entrees, Pizza, Vegetarian | 28 comments

Big Apple Pancake

I posted this recipe to Facebook over the weekend, so I’ll keep this brief. I have made this big apple pancake two weekends in a row now, and I have a feeling the run will continue for the remainder of … Continue reading

21. October 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, CSA, Fall, Vegetarian | 28 comments

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