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Bran Muffins

I’ve tried a million different bran muffin recipes over the years, most of which were really just cupcakes masquerading as health food. (Cupcakes are delicious, of course, but I don’t always want one for breakfast. Sometimes, but not always.) There … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Tea Cake

Fall is my most favorite season for baking. I love brown sugar, and spices, and a warm kitchen on a crisp day. I love heading out for a morning hike with a mug of hot coffee and an apple spice … Continue reading

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Blueberry Coffee Cake

As the product of a sound Catholic school education (plaid kilts from kindergarten to 12th grade), I’m an inveterate rule follower. I make full and complete stops at all stop signs. I return my library books on time. I find … Continue reading

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Fresh Ricotta

Now, in full disclosure, this probably isn’t the most cost-effective way to get your hands on good ricotta. You’ll want to start with the highest-quality whole milk you can afford, the really good stuff from that farm where the cows … Continue reading

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Doughnut Muffins

The stomach flu descended on our house with biblical force this week, and by Valentine’s Day, the living room was littered with blankets, plastic bottles of candy-colored sports drinks and packages of water crackers, ignored and uneaten. (I can tell … Continue reading

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Clementine Muffins

Clementines are a type of mandarin orange, a botanical cousin (or sibling, maybe? Biology 101, anyone?) to both the satusma (Japanese mandarins) and tangerines (Mediterranean mandarins, named for the Moroccan city of Tangier). The modern orange, with a tangled family … Continue reading

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Oatmeal Scones

With origins in Scotland, scones got their start as humble griddle cakes (by some accounts, they get their name from the Gaelic sgonn, or “shapeless mass”) made from barley meal, oats and/or flour. While they’ve maintained their slightly rough-hewn texture … Continue reading

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Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

There’s something very 80s about the smoothie. (I’m willing to wager that Jane Fonda knocked back a few of the frosty drinks in her Lycra and legwarmer days.) In my young 80s-saturated mind, every low-fat-crazed Californian got from one place … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Oh, pancakes. It’s been awhile. You, old friends, are the stuff of fond childhood memories, of Saturday morning cartoons and footie PJs, of sugar-rush rapids of Aunt Jemima and orange juice. By your lacy-edged stacks we might judge the merit … Continue reading

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Irish Soda Bread

Well, dearhearts, our table is nearly set for a Saint Patrick’s Day dinner party: we’ve got braised lamb, Irish cheeses, colcannon with kale, pints of Guinness. And if I can manage to abstain from devouring the entire loaf before dinner, … Continue reading

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