Category Archives for Baking

Rhubarb Buckle

In the wonderful world of bottom-crusted crumb-topped baked-fruit desserts, buckles are new to me. And I’m a fan. I love how the crispy top melts into the stewed fruit, which all sinks into the base. And I like that I … Continue reading

20. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 19 comments

Tartine-Style Asparagus & Spring Onion Croque Monsieur

Yesterday morning, a little self-intervention led to a most-delicious discovery. This is what happened. After finding myself once again scouring the internet for Tartine’s croque monsieur recipe, clicking on fruitless links I had clicked on before, and seeing myself heading … Continue reading

13. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, CSA, Eating Locally, Lunch, Vegetarian | 37 comments

Tiropitas

The trouble with working with fillo dough, for me at least, is that right when I’ve found my rhythm — right when the brushing-spooning-folding-sealing process becomes one fluid motion — the filling runs out. And because making dozens of tiropitas, … Continue reading

06. April 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Hors d'oeuvres | 13 comments

Mrs. Myers’ Banana Bread

It likely comes as no surprise that many fond memories of childhood sports center around food. From the orange slices at half time, to the post game treats, to the end-of-season celebrations, food visions rival the victories, the losses, the … Continue reading

08. March 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes | 73 comments

Cheese Sticks for Oscar Night

When it comes to hors d’ouevres, I never know what to make. Fortunately, I have friends that do. Oscar night is fixin’ to be a good one thanks to these cheese sticks brought to my attention by my friend Darcy. … Continue reading

24. February 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cheese | 25 comments

Turnip & Apple Purée, Venison Backstrap, A Jean-Georges Chocolate Tart & A Valentine’s Day Recap

Am I becoming too predictable? Are you sick of seeing vegetables puréed with apples? Do you think I should perhaps explore a cookbook other than this one and this one? I hope not, because I’m really loving this latest variation … Continue reading

17. February 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, craft, Eating Locally, Entrees, Meat | 7 comments

Rosemary Semolina Bread with Sea Salt from Seattle’s Macrina Bakery

Last Saturday I spotted a sample table in the wine section of Wegmans and made a beeline for it. When I arrived, a nice man asked me if I’d like to try a couple of wines with a slice of … Continue reading

10. February 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Olallie Cafe recipes | 29 comments

Coffeecake Muffins, Coffeehouse Style

I like these muffin liners. I like that they can stand on their own, that I can fill one or twelve with batter, bake off as many or as few muffins as I like. I like their shape — that … Continue reading

13. January 2012 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes | 37 comments

Glogg + Parmesan-Rosemary Crackers = New Year’s Eve in the Making

My stepfather has a few tricks up his sleeve, two of which he breaks out every Christmas: cornbread stuffing and glogg. His stuffing deserves a separate post — it steals the show every year — but I imagine many of … Continue reading

30. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Cheese, Drinks, Hors d'oeuvres, Vegetarian | 17 comments

Cheddar Biscuits + Food52′s Holiday Survival Guide iPad App Giveway

My family is arriving in 6 days, and I cannot wait. It has been too long since we have all been together — too long since I’ve heard my mother declare her beautiful dinner both over and undercooked and in … Continue reading

19. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads | 30 comments

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