Brownie Smack-down (or is it Snack-down) (recipe)

Our newest family baker comes home from school today determined to make brownies. I tried to tell encourage him to make my favorite brownie recipe, a one-bowl version that my Grandmother used to make, originally off the back of the Baker’s Choice unsweetened chocolate (and is now repeated many other places, including Mark Bittman’s How

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What Mark Bittman forgot: Essential items in my pantry

Mark Bittman’s column about Pantry Essentials appeared in our local paper last Wednesday, and while I agree with many of the items Mark suggests (dried beans, easy in a pressure cooker; BACON; real Parmigiano-Reggiano; and good olive oil, to name a few), I do think he forgot 5 items that I deem essential in my

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Cookie Thursday: Pumpkin Oatmeal Drop Cookies (recipe)

Pumpkin cookies on a pumpkinAll this talk about pumpkin patches and pumpkin hunting had me craving a pumpkin-based cookie this week. Searching through my cookbooks, I found an appropriate one in The Kid’s Holiday Baking Book, by Rosemary Black. Easy enough to put together in 30 minutes or less, longer with “helpers”, i.e. two young

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