Recipes

Focaccia Bread

Italian's love their focaccia, served as a snack or accompanied with pasta and roast meats. One secret for making good focaccia, don't skimp on the olive oil! Focaccia,  is a flat, slightly raised bread, not unlike pizza crust. Many parts of Italy focaccia has  been especially popular near the sea, where humidity in the air inhibits the full rising of conventional bread dough. I live in a coastal area and seem to have this same result. Traditionally focaccia is flavored with only coarse salt or rosemary. But, you can top your focaccia with onion, tomatoes, black or green olives, even...Read More
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Quick French Beignet

Yes, I said a quick French beignet. Are you craving for a donut but don't have a lot of time to wait for them to rise? Try my quick French beignet and you'll be surprised just how delicious and fulfilling they are for that donut fix. The New Orleans French quarters are know for these donuts which are served with a strong cup of coffee mixed with chicory. Savor the quick beignet with an espresso or drip whatever you prefer.  
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Chinese Wonton Soup Recipe

I dream of this Chinese Wonton Soup recipe almost every week. This addictive soup is simple to make and very rewarding. These tasty little dumplings are believed to have been introduced to the West by early Chinatown settlers from Canton, Southern China. Wonton literally means “swallowing clouds” in Chinese. You can make the wontons ahead of time and freeze them on a baking sheet. Make the broth a head of time and freeze it also for the wonton soup or other nourishing meals.    
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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Nothing is more quintessential to Americanized Chinese food than the sweet and sour chicken. The origin of sweet and sour chicken was in the 18th century or earlier from China. It spreads to the United States in the early 20th century after the Chinese migrant gold miners and railroad workers turned to cookery as trades. Yes, became a little sweeter for the American pallet, but still as delicious. Try my other Asian fare and be delighted by the authentic flavors.      
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Sourdough Carrot Cake Muffin

A sourdough carrot cake muffin can start your morning off with a surprising taste, is it a dessert or breakfast? Well you be the judge.  I put half the sugar in for breakfast and bust it for dessert. Sourdough carrot cake muffins are very versatile. You can add coconut, pineapple or shredded coconut. It will make it into a morning glory muffin! Life is too short not to enjoy the better things in life, like sourdough. Check out my other recipes for sourdough, you won't be disappointed.

Orange Olive Oil Cake

Delicious orange olive oil cake for snack or breakfast. Easy to put together with just a few ingredients.  Dollop of ice cream makes this cake to die for.  The Italians know just how to make olive oil shine, with this Torta D'olio D'oliva. The olive oil makes this cake fragrant and moist.  You can add a bit of sourdough if you'd like to use up your discard. I enjoy making everything with sourdough.    

Focaccia Bread Recipe

Fast food in Italy is made with a traditional focaccia bread recipe. The Italians know just how we crave a delicious focaccia bread . Chewy, soft, with a light crust infused with olive oil and fresh herbs. As a meal with salad or enhanced as a pizza this focaccia bread recipe is a winner. I make traditional pizza or add a flare of flavor with onions, potatoes with dollops of mascarpone. Mama Mia it is the bomb. Focaccia can be used for sandwiches as well. If you can't eat it all, just cut in half and freeze. It can be...Read More
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French éclairs

There is nothing more satisfying than a French éclairs . This treat is hard to resist. Perfecting the choux dough is not difficult. It requires a bit of know how and that is what I want to teach you. The French eclair is filled with a pastry cream that is slightly stiffer than regular pudding. The French eclairs are an elegant dessert for guests or anytime you desire a sweet treat to satisfy your French-aholic mood.  
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Sourdough Discard Crackers

Do you have more sourdough than you know what to do with? Me too, that is why you need to make these sourdough discard crackers. They are great for dips or just snacking. Go crazy, I like to try many different herbs. Curry and black pepper is my favorite. Sourdough bread and crackers are a healthy alternative to yeast. Making minerals and vitamins available for you to absorb. Go ahead make these, I guarantee you'll like them.    

Sourdough Starter

Why Sourdough Yeast? Do you make your own sourdough artisan bread at home? Well now’s the time to make this delicious artisan bread. The results you’ll get at home will be unbelievable. This bread is billowing with bubbles and chewy with a thick chestnut brown crust. Your local baker may not even be able to replicate this sourdough artisan bread like you. If you don’t make a sourdough starter it’s not to late to give it a try, it’s easy.  If you don’t want to that’s okay, just make my No-knead basic bread with the same results! Learn why? The Phytic acid found in...Read More

Sourdough Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Sourdough oatmeal raisin cookie is my favorite. They are not too sweet or not too sour, they are just right, as Goldilocks would put it. Sourdough is also a healthy alternative to the super sweet cookies you normally buy at the supermarket. I always decrease sugar in each recipe to make the cookie a better alternative to Quaker's recipe and others. This sourdough oatmeal raisin cookie is terrific with chocolate chips, nuts or even the yummy prune! Try my other sourdough cookie recipe

Butter Croissant Recipe

This French style butter croissant recipe is layers of buttery goodness, with a lofty dough that flakes, crunches and makes a down right mess! I plan to make chocolate and almond croissants with my day old ones, if there are any.  The butter croissant is a French viennoiserie pastry of Austrian origin, named for its historical crescent shape. They made it in a crescent moon shape which was the symbol on the Ottoman flag. It was to remind everyone of their victory over the Ottoman Turks. Don't put off making this delicious pastry. You will not regret eating these croissants. Learn from the French,...Read More
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New York Style Sourdough Bagel

New York style sourdough bagel you say? Oh yes, love this deli style bagel. A long fermentation develops the dough making it chewy, light and delicious.  Add raisins, cinnamon, seeds or jalapeños and cheese for delicious variations. Spread with creme cheese and a slice of smoked salmon and enjoy.
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Homemade Cavatelli Dough

Cavatelli means little caves because of the pocket that is done with you thumb, similar to gnocchi. The homemade cavatelli dough has three ingredients, water, durum flour and salt. The dough is rolled into a long rope the with of your pinky finger and then cut into 1/4" pieces. Take each piece and roll between your palm to make the shape of a log. Place on flour dusted surface, using your index finger smash and roll bring the dough towards you. The result will be a gnocchi like pocket. Italians use a tool called cavarole board to make a pattern...Read More
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Homemade Pasta Dough

There is nothing like homemade pasta dough. Pasta is enjoyed everyday in Italy. I make it twice a month for my family. It is simple to put together. If you can't eat it all at one time it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days. You can also dry the pasta using a pasta drying rack. Serve with your favorite sauce and a homemade sourdough loaf. I have an instructional video for you if you need some visualization. Rolling the dough out can be done with a pasta machine or an attachment to your KitchenAid mixer....Read More
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