Category Archives for Baking

Acrobatic Granola Bars

At batch 25, I discovered what I wanted a granola bar to be able to do for me: a backbend. No, no — it’s not just that I’m overcome with Olympic spirit and am counting the seconds till I see … Continue reading

15. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Vegetarian | 42 comments

No-Knead Oatmeal Toasting Bread

Before heading to the beach last week for a little vacation with the family, I spent some time in the kitchen preparing a few items to pack along: granola, granola bars (which, unfortunately, were inedible) and this no-knead oatmeal toasting … Continue reading

07. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Olallie Cafe recipes | 89 comments

Lemon Blueberry Crisp

Several months ago I watched Dorie Greenspan make madeleines on the Martha Stewart Show. While the madeleines looked divine, what struck me most from her demonstration was her handling of the lemon zest. Rather than whisk the zest directly into … Continue reading

01. July 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 24 comments

The Bran Muffin To End All Bran Muffins

Many of you already know of this bran muffin, a Nancy Silverton creation served at the widely adored La Brea Bakery. Made with toasted wheat bran, freshly grated orange zest, and simmered and puréed raisins, it is one of the … Continue reading

20. June 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes, Vegetarian | 32 comments

Butterscotch Budino Ice Cream

This is what happened. My husband, who dislikes butterscotch, went out of town. I took the opportunity to make butterscotch budino, a dessert I discovered at Pizzeria Mozza several years ago, one that (along with the pizza) inspired many a … Continue reading

07. June 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 24 comments

Tipo 00 Flour — Worth Paying For Shipping

A series of fortuitous events in the past few months have led to a number of wonderful discoveries: an ingredient — Tipo 00 flour; a technique — minimal handling of dough; and a reward — the best pizza I have … Continue reading

31. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Pizza, Vegetarian | 115 comments

Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, Light Brioche Burger Buns, and Preparing for Memorial Day

A couple of friends of ours take beer drinking very seriously. Never is their freezer not stocked with frosted pint glasses, nor their fridge with craft beers. If you drink beer at their house, they insist it be in a … Continue reading

22. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Drinks | 24 comments

Dead Easy Steak Marinade

It’s always nice when dead easy produces damn delicious. This little marinade — equal parts Worcestershire sauce and olive oil combined with a healthy sprinkling of lemon pepper — is a good one to have on hand this time of … Continue reading

16. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Entrees, Grass-fed Meat, Meat | 24 comments

Lemon-Thyme Shortbread, C4C Gluten-Free Flour, Kerrygold Butter

Have you ever spotted Kerrygold butter at your super market? Inexplicably in the cheese section? And wondered if it were any good? Well, it is. My mother brought me some this weekend. She spoils me, still, at age 30. Along … Continue reading

03. May 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts, Gluten-free, Olallie Cafe recipes | 21 comments

Rhubarb Buckle, Revisited

Ok, I think I’ve got this. An old recipe for blueberry buckle printed in the “Letters” section of the July 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine led me to just the crust I had longed for after making my first buckle … Continue reading

27. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 30 comments

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