202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

202. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting p.726

The recipe courtesy of The Ulterior Epicure
Sometimes the stars just don’t align, and the baking Gods abandon you for a day. I’ve learned a lot about cooking and baking through this project, and I’ve gotten to a point where I rarely make the boneheaded mistakes that plagued my early experiments, but there’s always room to [...]

19 January 2009 | Cakes, The Book | 27 Comments
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184. Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies p.688

184. Katharine Hepburn's Brownies p.688

The recipe
You know who I have an irrational dislike for? Katharine Hepburn. I know she’s one of the best respected and beloved actresses of all time, and the Oscar winningest lady ever, but she just drives me nuts. Admittedly I haven’t seen much of her work, but one film is all it took. In Bringing [...]

26 July 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 14 Comments
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177. Baked French Toast p.650

177. Baked French Toast p.650

The recipe
The blurb for this recipe suggests that it’s an easy and fuss-free way to make French Toast. I couldn’t disagree more. This looks like a scaled down restaurant recipe to me, and what works for breakfast for hundreds doesn’t necessarily make much sense when serving six. The idea with the recipe is to make [...]

2 July 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 2 Comments
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176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

176. Apple Raisin Cake p.704

The recipe
I’m really trying to work on my hosting skills these days. I love to have friends over, and I love to cook for them. Unfortunately that often means that we don’t spend a lot of time together once they arrive. I’m pretty rotten about sharing kitchen space, or involving others in the cooking process. [...]

22 June 2008 | Cakes, The Book | 4 Comments
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175. Maple Walnut Ice Cream p.858

175. Maple Walnut Ice Cream p.858

The recipe
People asked me what I wanted for Christmas this year, and I told them that my heart’s fondest desire was an ice cream maker. Somehow this struck my extended family as hilarious. My dining companion, who had a lot to do with me getting a Kitchenaid mixer the previous Christmas, understood that I wasn’t [...]

20 June 2008 | Frozen Desserts and Sweet Sauces, The Book | 3 Comments
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174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

174. Chocolate Sambuca Crinkle Cookies p.671

The recipe
This is a polarizing recipe. If the thought of anise and chocolate together piques your interest, you’ll probably like these cookies. If however that sounds like the worst idea you’ve heard all day, you probably won’t. That may sound trite or obvious, but anise is like that. I don’t know anyone who is neutral [...]

18 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 4 Comments
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173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

173. Spice Sugar Cookies p.669

The recipe
My cookie baking bonanza got a little bit confused. I made ginger cookies that didn’t taste much like ginger, and these spice cookies, which are gingerbread in disguise. I kept mixing them up when I told people which cookies where which, it seemed pretty obvious that the crispy cookies which tasted like ginger should [...]

16 June 2008 | Cookies, Bars, and Confections, The Book | 2 Comments
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170. Tomato, Garlic, and Potato Frittata p.632

170. Tomato, Garlic, and Potato Frittata p.632

The recipe
The Book’s blurb before the recipe suggests that this dish is equally good as a breakfast dish, or for dinner. I’m not convinced that it belongs in the breakfast section at all. I wanted to make a fritatta as a simple way of doing eggs for a crowd, but this dish is actually more [...]

2 June 2008 | Breakfast and Brunch, The Book | 4 Comments
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167. Crème Citron, Chilled Lemon-Wine Mousse with Raspberries p.840

167. Crème Citron, Chilled Lemon-Wine Mousse with Raspberries p.840

There doesn’t seem to be a recipe online for this one.
My dining companion has gone on a major citrus based dessert kick. If we’re flipping through the book talking about a menu, she’ll inevitably pick a lemon flavoured confection. The only things that can top lemons and limes in her books are rosewater and lavender [...]

22 May 2008 | Puddings, Custards, Mousses, and Souffles, The Book | 8 Comments
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166. Skillet Corn Bread p.600

166. Skillet Corn Bread p.600

The recipe in The Book is identical to this one on Epicurious, but The Book adds a tablespoon of sugar to the corn bread.
The desire to make corn bread comes in waves for me. Six months will go by, and I won’t even think of it, then I’ll get the urge, and make it three [...]

19 May 2008 | Breads and Crackers, The Book | Comments Off
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