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Bacon, Cheddar and Chive Mini-Muffins

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Try these for breakfast with a bowl of fruit, as an afternoon snack with a tall, cool iced tea, instead of cornbread with a cup of chili or Read more…

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Artichoke and Goat Cheese on Toasts

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Garlic, lemon, artichokes, goat cheese, crunchy bread—just this list of ingredients makes me anticipate something good to eat. Read more…

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Tomato, Goat Cheese and Black Olive Tarts

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

What I like about this recipe is that it is a good basis both for creativity and cleaning out your pantry.  It has a good basic filling, and frozen puff pastry is a great thing to keep in the freezer at all times.  Read more…

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Pecan Pie Muffins

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

This is a big weekend.  Saturday is the Kentucky Derby, and Sunday is Mother’s Day—two great reasons to have a party—or at least a special meal.  This amazing recipe is offered with simplicity in mind, just in case there is someone in your life who doesn’t cook much, but might like to show off a little in the kitchen this weekend while you’re watching the race or waiting for your second cup of coffee to be poured. Read more…

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Cheese Muffins

Friday, October 8th, 2010

October is a great month for easing back into the comfort foods that are so nice to make and eat during cooler weather.  If you visit here often, you probably have noticed Read more…

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Irish Soda Bread

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Yesterday, we started thinking about our St. Patrick’s Day menu, and decided we had a craving for some rich, dense Irish Soda Bread, slathered with good salted butter and a dollop of blackberry preserves.

I was pressed for time so I turned to my also busy husband and asked if he would like to make today’s recipe.  I argued that bread making is very close to pasta making and since he makes first-rate, world-class homemade pasta without batting an eye or using a recipe—this would be a walk in the park and he could do it much faster than I could.  He agreed and this is what he made.  Still warm, we sampled our first piece as imagined.  Delicious.  Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf


2 cups all purpose flour
3 cups whole-wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons shortening or unsalted butter
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 cups buttermilk


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with spray or butter.

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the flours, sugar, baking soda salt and the oats.  Add the shortening or butter in small pieces and cut in until the butter is reduced to very small pieces.  Add the buttermilk and stir until the mixture comes together in a thick dough.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until it comes together.  Shape the dough into a round, and cut an X into the top with a knife.

Bake the bread for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 and continue baking until the loaf is brown and firm, about 40 more minutes.  Transfer to rack and cool.

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