Category Archives: Baking

A Lifetime of Muffin Evolution

It has occurred to me recently -again- that we as Americans do not have much of an understanding of history – at least not in the European sense, and certainly not at all from the Asian perspective. We tend to … Continue reading

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A Baker’s Journey: Bread, Time, and Nuts

There was a time when I thought I’d like to have a bread blog – that was about 5 years ago – at the time, I was enamored with anything bread, and of course, there was a ton to learn. … Continue reading

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Consistency vs Improvement: a Baker’s Dilemma?

It’s been some time since I did a bread post – not that this is a bread blog – I’ve never said that, mostly because I’m pretty much a generalist – and if I had a bread blog, I’d soon … Continue reading

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What Makes Pie Crust So Challenging?

OK, here’s the way I think – sometimes I think there’s a unseen world around us where our pets are actually hosts for the spirits of those we once shared love with, and who are now departed – and then … Continue reading

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The Cookie as Teacher

I don’t bake a lot of cookies, I think maybe because I’m a diabetic, but I do recognize their value to cooks as an educational tool.  Why?  Well, let’s start with their commonality – there’s no one who doesn’t know … Continue reading

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, a Pickin’ We Will Go

If you guys blog, I know this has happened to you – you have at least 3 ideas for new posts, and one you even have done the photos for – and that’s significant – and you’re only a day … Continue reading

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Beyond Sourdough – or, Is Instant Yeast Really That Bad?

Hey, … hey you, bread-maker – yeah, you!  I want to talk about sourdough for a few minutes – and maybe get your input too.  OK? Currently, I’m on a sourdough hiatus – this happens to me frequently; I just … Continue reading

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