Everyday Baking Blog at Allrecipes.com (1/2009)

Everyday Baking

Jan. 16, 2009 3:31 pm 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2009 1:57 pm
      We eat a lot of pizza at our house. It's quick, it's versatile, it's fun to eat—what's not to love? We usually make a triple batch of dough at a time, freezing two pizza's worth and eating one crust on the day we make it.       You don't… MORE
"Windowpane" in dough
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Dough Rounds
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Stretching Dough
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Placing dough on screen
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Jan. 11, 2009 3:38 pm 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 9:36 am
"I'm no raisin apologist," I apologized to my colleague Noel, "but dark-chocolate-covered raisins in oatmeal cookies are perfect." This discussion was precipitated by Noel's claim that "raisins are the devil's trick to ruin cookies. You think they're chocolate chips, but then you take a… MORE
Just-Enough-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
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I am thrilled to be able to combine my love of the written word with my passion for food in my job at Allrecipes.com. I have a background in publishing and in the food service industry, both "front of the house" and back. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America's Baking & Pastry program and have worked as a baker and pastry cook in Wisconsin, for a season at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and at bakeries in Seattle.
My favorite things to cook
My baking career really began when I was in first grade and my family was living in Germany. Every morning my father and I would walk to the local bakery for bread and an afternoon treat, like Apfelkuchen. I love dark sour breads, baking anything with yeast in it, and anything that requires hours of patient work, like croissant and Danish doughs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Food we ate while camping. Animal pancakes. My mom's meatloaf. My grandfather's breakfasts.
My cooking triumphs
I think a baker's real triumph is getting to work at 4 am, day in and day out, so that there are beautiful pastries and loaves of bread on display when the bakery opens three hours later. A personal triumph was making my own wedding cake.
My cooking tragedies
Heavens! Too shameful to list: all that wasted dough, those burnt nuts, spilled milk to cry over....
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