Traditional King Cake

Once upon a time my husband and I lived in Durham, NC, and had a neighbor who threw a rocking Mardi Gras party on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday every year. He’s the one who introduced us to King Cake — and to a new food tradition. This year, the big day is Feb. 28. SoContinue reading “Traditional King Cake”

Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

I roast and purée and then freeze a handful of farmers market pumpkins every year. I love having the big, beautiful white and golden and green squash around to decorate with in the fall and then, once we’ve moved on to evergreens and holly, it’s time to really enjoy these gifts from the ground. TheyContinue reading “Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes”

Zucchini Cheddar Muffins

As much as I love a hunk of warm crusty bread alongside my soup or salad, I also love the idea of having my bread bring more to the table than a pile of carbs. That’s the beauty of the savory muffin. Filling and flavorful, these gems boast cheese, eggs and veggies, which add protein, fiberContinue reading “Zucchini Cheddar Muffins”

Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

I have exactly one cookbook that I absolutely, positively could not live without. It’s Mollie Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook. I love it because it’s plant-based and it uses herbs and spices in a way that make my vegetables sing. I’m sure there are other cookbooks that could make similar claims, but Moosewood landed in my hands when IContinue reading “Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread”

Carrot-Chip Sheet Cake

  Some of my kids’ favorite muffins are chock full of carrots, pineapple and coconut. So it stands to reason that they’d like carrots in their desserts, too. This recipe is one part sheet cake, one part quick bread. It’s carrot cake without the cream cheese icing. Any way you slice it, though, it’s all around delicious.Continue reading “Carrot-Chip Sheet Cake”

Lemon Zucchini Bread

As the weather’s been turning cooler, I’ve found myself craving something sweet. Sweet, but not ice cream and not chocolate, something light and, say, lemony. So I dug through my recipe files and found this. It calls for zucchini, which is long gone from our garden but plenty present in our deep freeze. When I madeContinue reading “Lemon Zucchini Bread”

Not-Too-Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Every fall, I roast, puree and freeze several farmers market pumpkins (we’ve never had much luck growing our own). So pumpkin bread, pumpkin scones, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin soup are all, always, just a trip to the deep freeze away. You can certainly use canned pumpkin in this recipe and save yourself a few steps. Along withContinue reading “Not-Too-Sweet Pumpkin Bread”

Honey Oatmeal Ricotta Muffins

So, I’ve been on this honey kick lately, appreciating the myriad varieties of local honey and stirring up recipes using honey in the most interesting of ways. Last week, I posted how-tos for Touch of Honey Granola, Honey-Curry Chicken Breasts and Corn Fritters with Honey Bacon Drizzle. I’ve got one more honey recipe to share with you until IContinue reading “Honey Oatmeal Ricotta Muffins”

Corn Fritters with Honey-Bacon Drizzle

This summer, I became immersed in the world of honey. It began with my reporting on a magazine story about backyard beekeepers, which then led to lessons in how honey is made and why it’s been a treasured food for millennia. Did you know there are more than 300 documented varieties of honey in theContinue reading “Corn Fritters with Honey-Bacon Drizzle”

Better Than Ever Biscuits

  I have made my own from-scratch biscuits for years but I’ve never been really happy with them (I feel the same about pie crusts). They were … fine. But never as fluffy or decadent as I dreamed they could be. So I began searching for help. Tips. New techniques. Whatever it took. And oneContinue reading “Better Than Ever Biscuits”