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Adventures in Apple Tarts and the Art of Simple Food

Last night I set to work on poaching a quince, peeling and slicing eight Granny Smith apples, delicately rolling out pastry dough, and reducing quince poaching liquid to a stickily delicious glaze for an apple tart.  Piper sat at my heels playing with her baby doll, little wooden people, a playground set and two big… Continue reading Adventures in Apple Tarts and the Art of Simple Food

Autumn · Uncategorized

In the kitchen in the afternoon: Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix and Apple Pumpkin Muffins

Bob’s Red Mill makes a dried soup mix that cooks up thick and creamy in less than an hour.  Simply called Vegi Soup Mix, it includes wholesome ingredients like yellow split peas, green split peas, barley, lentils, and small pasta.  One cup of dried mix simmered in four cups of water for under an hour… Continue reading In the kitchen in the afternoon: Bob’s Red Mill Vegi Soup Mix and Apple Pumpkin Muffins

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The trouble with sourdough bread, or, when the bread gets tough, the tough make panzanella.

The two loaves of sourdough bread that I baked this week turned out unexpectedly.  I prepared my leaven and bread mixture the night before I intended to bake.  I noticed the first signs of trouble in the morning, when my leaven failed the float test — an indication of weak yeast activity.  I’m contributing the… Continue reading The trouble with sourdough bread, or, when the bread gets tough, the tough make panzanella.