September 2010

Grandma's Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

This classic German dessert of "sweet apples encased in a thin, flaky dough" is all the sweeter because Erica and her grandmother made it together. Although the recipe stays in their family, her apple strudel is truly "a thing of beauty." Delicious fall inspiration for the rest of us!

Story: Grandma's Cooking School: Apple Strudel

Olive Oil Walnut Brownies

Olive Oil Walnut Brownies

About these brownies in the Chefs words, "This is an old fashioned brownie. Because of the air whipped into the first stage of this recipe, it comes out crunchy and chewy. To make these brownies even more decadent, add half a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I can't eat a brownie without a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream, and you shouldn't either."

Recipe and Story: Olive Oil Walnut Brownies 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

These cookies changed my mind about baking with whole wheat flour - they're delicious!

Recipe: Whole wheat chocolate chip cookies

Top-Notch Jelly Roll Pan

Joyful Jelly Roll Pan

Norpro 18 x 12 Inch Commercial Grade Aluminum Jelly Roll Pan

If you are looking for a durable, even-heating, heavy-gauge aluminum jelly roll pan in a half-sheet size, look no further. This is the one*.

Learn more / buy here

* Trust me, I did the research. Earlier this year Vollrath bought Lincoln, makers of the top-rated jelly roll pan on Cook's Illustrated, and have since discontinued the half-sheet model.

Italian Semolina Cake

Italian Semolina Cake

From CaffeIna

After a very challenging week I needed to restore positive thinking and I thought "what better than a recipe of the Italian tradition?" I knew I could not go wrong with this semolina cake. Happiness is back!

Recipe: Positive thoughts and Italian semolina cake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Yeast Bread

Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Yeast Bread

I'm a sucker for all bread - it's something I couldn't live without, and when fall rolls around pumpkin bread and cinnamon bread are always on the agenda. But, I've never thought to combine the two into one.

Enter Lisa, who scoured the web looking for a pumpkin cinnamon bread. When she wasn't able to find one, she improvised, and came up with this delicious, homemade yeast bread. She thinks it would make divine french toast, but "it's amazing enough just toasted with butter."

Recipe: Pumpkin Cinnamon Swirl Yeast Bread

Chard & Saffron Tart

Chard & Saffron Tart

from Dana Treat

An impressive savory tart made with healthy end-of-summer greens - perfect for a dinner party or Sunday brunch.

Recipe: Chard and Saffron Tart

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

I have a big crush on these muffins. Pumpkin, apple, brown sugar, whole grains, pecans, cinnamon and spice, and a streusel topping are all the reasons why this wholesome and flavorful muffin is so swoon-worthy. And as Heather notes, "These super moist pumpkin muffins are the perfect fall treat... A perfect snack for the little ones too." Plus they're quick and easy to make. :)

Recipe: Pumpkin Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Grape Nectar Baby Cakes

Grape Nectar Baby Cakes

Simple yet tasty little cakes topped with a delicious grape syrup.

Recipe: Grape nectar baby cakes

Lime Tart with Blackberries & Blueberries

Lime Tart with Blackberries & Blueberries

I am all over this gorgeous tart. First of all, anything with blueberries *and* blackberries scores mega bonus points in my books, and since moving down to Mexico I have become a big fan of limes, so the lime curd filling in a buttery tart crust - well that just seals the deal!

Recipe: Lime Tart with Blackberries and Blueberries