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Baklava. And a story.

April 3, 2013


Folks, At this point, you are very aware that the name of my blog is not just a clever tagline, but gets to the heart of what happens around here. In sharing this incredible baklava recipe with you today—what I would consider a success of plucking and choosing what I liked best about two recipes, […]

Spinach Pie a year later–“Spanakopita”

March 2, 2013


A quote from the current family movie obsession—when Ezma is about to kill Kronk– “I never liked your spinach puffs. Never.” About a year ago, when I blessedly found myself with more free time and mental space, I made spanakopita. This time around I somewhat accidentally found myself looking at a box of phyllo dough, […]

Pizza and Croissants and Jams–Oh My!

December 30, 2012


What an epic food adventure this was. It started with croissants… This is the recipe I used last year, with great success. Only this time, I was hell bent on using whole wheat pastry flour… I don’t want to go into too many details about the disasters of the milk/yeast attempts, but I started over […]

Lebanese Date Pastries

April 18, 2012


The official name for these is “Ma’amoul”; They are lebanese pastries used to celebrate holidays, no matter what your religion… Muslims eat them during Ramadan, Arabic Christians during Easter, and nut filled versions are eaten by Jews during Purim. I usually don’t link to wiki articles, but this one is pithy and fascinating reminder of […]

Pastries of Greece: Spinach Phyllo Pies, or “Spanakopita”

March 6, 2012


Reading a bit about the history of these pastries; it turns out they belong to the burek family of pastries; and they are often filled with ricotta rather than feta, which is cheaper. Or other kinds of wet cheeses such as cottage cheese. Interesting, since in my head I had wanted to use ricotta initially, […]

Pear Tartlets and the Finance Contest

January 10, 2012


First note of business: these tartlets were the grand prize winners of the Success Charter Network Finance (and COO’s) Second Annual Baking Contest, held Dec, 2011, with conviviality and good sportsmanship shown by judges and contestants alike. I will hope to have the winner of the inaugural SCN baking contest share his recipe with all […]

Winner: Greenmarket Apple Pie Contest

November 13, 2011


Today I was lucky enough to be voted the winner of the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Apple Pie Contest~ Now that your mouth is watering, making this yourself is easy as pie. (I had to say it). Crust: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling 3/4 cup whole wheat flour–gives it a nice […]

Pastry Day 2011: Croissants and Apple Pie

September 25, 2011


This was supposed to be a post entitled Croissant Challenge 2011. But instead, my kitchen momentum got the better of me (and no major disasters heading into the 2nd turn of the croissants), I started on a pie crust…and then dinner for a few visiting folks. Sidenote: The “turns” of the croissants described as happening […]