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Hot Milk Cake

Sometimes I think I should subtitle this project “cooking with Escoffier, cooking despite Escoffier, cooking to avoid Escoffier, or even, cooking to spite Escoffier.” The recipes are daunting and success … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Sauce Béarnaise

Since I started my Escoffier project, I’ve been reacting with disbelief when Escoffier writes that a dish or sauce is simple. Yeah, right, I scoff. This is going to take … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Blonde Brownie Chemistry

Have you ever gotten a craving for something, but when you go to all the trouble to bake it, it doesn’t turn out the way your taste buds were envisioning? … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · 5 Comments

Croissants Chez Moi

I’ve never really considered myself the scientific type in the kitchen. I don’t take notes when something doesn’t turn out right. I rarely make something twice unless it succeeded the … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 11 Comments

Ginger Cake Morning

When the weather turns chilly and gloomy, the time seems right to bake a cake. Well, OK, the time is always right around here for baking cakes. Last time it … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 2 Comments

Spring Radishes

American poet T.S. Eliot wrote that “April is the cruellest month.”  That is certainly true in Minnesota, and if Eliot had lived here, his line from The Waste Land  (in which … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · 4 Comments


This is my first Easter in several decades where I haven’t spent the Saturday before Easter dying eggs and over-indulging in jelly beans.  Since no kids are at home this … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 5 Comments

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