A month-by-month recap of 2010 highlights in my kitchen.
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Growing shiitake mushrooms at home---a perfect winter gardening project!
Simply cooked steaks with an espresso-based spice rub---a special treat for the holiday season.
The December 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was stollen, a traditional German Christmas bread. Mine contained dried cherries, pistachios, and candied ginger, and was shaped into two different varieties of wreaths.
Delicate little cookies with a tender crumb, aromatic minty flavor and festive green color, these mint meltaways can be eaten as is, or sandwiched with ganache for a more decadent holiday treat.
Our first try making samosas was a rousing success---beef, potato and peas in a crispy shell, served with homemade apple chutney.
One of my favorite dumplings of all time, the humble pierogi. Make enough to freeze some for unexpected cravings!
Prosciutto-roasted pork with corn pudding in acorn squash boats: an easy and elegant autumn meal that would be perfect for either company or a quiet family dinner.
Two different recipes for sourdough pancakes, for when you need to use up some extra starter.
An easy, quick-fix dessert made with pantry ingredients, when you want something sweet without much fuss: chocolate peanut butter pudding cake.