Category Archives for Baking

Cranberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

I’m starting to panic. Family will be arriving any moment (9 more days), and I am so not prepared. The biscotti jar is empty; the granola bin, bare. No gifts have been assembled. The house is a sty, getting messier … Continue reading

16. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast | 105 comments

Baker’s Twine, Wreaths & Preparing for the Holidays

One year, in preparation for the holiday baking season, I ordered a case of stationery boxes. A case consists of one hundred stationery boxes. One hundred stationery boxes takes up a lot of space, especially when you’re living in a … Continue reading

05. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, craft | 6 comments

Kristina’s Molasses Crinkles

I couldn’t believe the cookies were made with shortening. I’m an all-butter kind of girl. Until a week ago in fact, the thought of shortening, a product I reserved solely for seasoning cast iron skillets, sort of repulsed me. Until … Continue reading

02. December 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Desserts | 19 comments

Cooking With My Mama — Teddie’s Apple Cake

Is it sick that shortly after dinner, often when I’m still full, I start looking forward to breakfast? It is a little, isn’t it? Well, what can I say, it’s the truth. But it isn’t any old breakfast I go … Continue reading

16. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Fall | 43 comments

Apple Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust— So Delicious!

This is the sort of discovery that inspires me to host a dinner party. After just one bite, I began envisioning the scene: my guests’ hands reaching to the center of the table; the plate piled high with steaming, half-mooned … Continue reading

10. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Desserts | 43 comments

Tartine’s Currant Scones

Hi Everyone. Just a quick post here. This morning for breakfast I made the Tartine scone recipe with currants, which is what the original recipe calls for. So delicious! I’ve only ever made it with blueberries before, which I love, … Continue reading

06. November 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes | 5 comments

Festive Treats, Pressed-Leaf Gift Tags & Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone! Here in the Stafford household we’re feeling particularly festive. Ella has been dressed in her costume since Monday. Yesterday I made candy corn-topped mini cupcakes. And today I found myself making pressed-leaf gift tags. What can I … Continue reading

27. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Cookies, Fall, Gifts | 12 comments

Pumpkin Bread

Everyone and their mother has a recipe for pumpkin bread. This happens to be my mother’s recipe — not sure where it originates beyond her — and it is incredibly delicious. Made with oil not butter, the batter comes together … Continue reading

13. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast, Gifts, Olallie Cafe recipes | 122 comments

When People Come to Visit…

…it’s always nice to have some baked goods on hand. Here are four that never fail to please. 1. Granola. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t welcome a bowl of homemade granola with milk or yogurt topped with fresh berries … Continue reading

05. October 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Cookies, Gifts | 20 comments

Addictive Kale Caesar Salad with Brioche Croutons

I have a question for all of you mortar and pestle users out there: Do you find us knife-wielding, blender-pulsing, whisk-twirling folk offensive? You probably do. I suspect Tartine’s Chad Robertson would not approve of my adaptation of his caesar … Continue reading

22. September 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Lunch, Salads, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Side dishes, Vegetarian | 13 comments

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