Category Archives for Baking

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

Cinnamon Rolls — Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day Style

I had no expectations for these cinnamon rolls. I’m still in disbelief in fact about how incredibly delicious they tasted. I mean, I knew the brown sugar and butter and pecans slathered in the pan and rolled into the dough … Continue reading

01. September 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast | 31 comments

Quintessential Coffee Cake

Psssssssst. Do you have a sec? I hate to disturb you while you’re working but I’m having people over for breakfast this morning, and I’m serving them this. It’s delicious. It’s just a classic coffee cake, but boy is it … Continue reading

18. August 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Olallie Cafe recipes | 43 comments

Pizza Margherita, Homemade Tomato Sauce, Homemade Ricotta

Oh my gosh, I have so much deliciousness to report to you all, I don’t know where to begin. I suppose it all started last week after Food 52 reminded me of Marcella Hazan’s widely adored tomato sauce recipe and … Continue reading

11. August 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Baking, Bread, Cheese, Entrees, Pizza, Sauces, dressings, jams & spreads, Vegetarian | 49 comments

Crème Fraîche Ice Cream in Almond Butterscotch Cookie Cups

This isn’t really my thing anymore. As delicious as they are, I certainly don’t need to eat my nightly scoop of ice cream out of delicate cookie baskets. I’m quite happy scraping right from the carton actually. So why have … Continue reading

29. July 2011 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Baking, CSA, Desserts | Tags: , , | 6 comments

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