Pumpkin Popovers

So, I found this recipe back in October for pumpkin popovers, and boy are they delicious. Just the perfect blend of the pumpkin taste with the ever popular popover experience. I have to admit that popovers are my all-time favorite item from the bread basket. Somehow, I always hope since they are hollow in the…

Pleasanton Bakery

On our last trip to Traverse City Michigan, we happened upon this amazing bakery located in the Village at Grand Traverse commons.  This is not the “run of the mill” bakery that you happen across most days. Pleasanton Bakery was voted one of the BEST bread bakeries in America, by Food and Wine magazine in…

sunshine baked eggs

A great way to make eggs has always been to bake them in the oven.  Especially when preparing for a large breakfast, this technique has to be the easiest.  The eggs can be made in advance while other side dishes are finishing up or being plated.  Sunshine baked eggs are similar to eggs in a…

Visiting Bay Bread Co.

Last week, we were in Traverse City Michigan enjoying the lovely weather and the view of the water.  Every visit we make to the city includes a stop at this wonderful bakery.  Visiting Bay Bread Co. is a tradition for us, since the charm of this bakery and the delicious baked goods are worth the…

Kitchen tool: cooking thermometer

One of the most important tools to have in a kitchen is a cooking thermometer.  Under-cooked foods can be dangerous. Meats, such as, pork, chicken, and beef have precise done temperatures.  With various sizes and cuts of meat, it is often just a guessing game to determine if the cooking is complete.  The best way…

Kitchen tool review: Danish Dough Whisk

The holidays are here with the increased desire to bake and prepare for many celebrations.  I like to bake throughout the winter time, since I seem to have more time indoors due to the inclement weather and decreased garden maintenance. I recently had the opportunity to try out this Danish dough whisk that was sent…

cherry street market –a wonderful fall experience

Last Friday, we took a relaxing Fall drive Up North to Traverse City Michigan.  I certainly do love Northern Michigan and will never give up an opportunity to experience wonderful food, shopping, and of course the Lake.  The weather was lovely and the air was filled with the crisp cooler weather that has rolled into…

flower pot bread

a fellow gardener and Midland resident gave me this recipe for flower-pot bread.  many years ago we used to visit Columbus Ohio on a regular basis, and often stopped at a restaurant that served this bread at the table with every meal. i used to make the bread recipe on my own, and then discovered…

strawberry lemon balm butter

summer berries are filling the market.  why not try this strawberry butter for a special weekend breakfast treat?  i made the recipe with margarine and it was just as delicious. the spread can be used on toasted English muffins, French toast, pancakes, toast, or even cinnamon Triscuits. i just love the taste of the strawberries…

tea and honey

a perfect day begins with a pot of tea. i use an electric tea pot, and pour my tea over the leaves in a ceramic  pot. i usually steep the tea less than the four minutes recommended, as i don’t like my tea full strength.  taking time for tea allows for time to organize my…

easy simple hot cross buns

  for good friday, i made hot cross buns.  i read about this tradition recently on http://www.catholiccuisine.blogspot.com.  here is a brief passage from the article: “The Hot Cross Bun is the most famous, and probably the oldest, of the many English buns. Unlike today, when it is to be found throughout Lent, the Hot Cross Bun…

caraway rye bread

now and then, i try store-bought mixes.  i feel the need to report on this one, because it was extremely tasty.  many of the store-bought bread mixes are very limited in their flavor profiles, and include many unnecessary ingredients.  i try to stay away from processed foods, and pre-packaged mixes for the most part. Hodgson mill…