brioche doughnuts with chocolate-bourbon glaze

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On December 10, 2007, I was 9 months pregnant with my first child, my daughter Winter. That particular day in December was also her due date, and my 10-year ‘dating’ anniversary with Adam. Ten years ago that very night after walking around for hours talking about how we wanted to be more than just friends, we found ourselves in front of the Winona Middle School and kissed for…

baking cake chocolate

chocolate bread

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

‘In a way, baking stands both as a useful metaphor for the familial warmth of the kitchen we fondly imagine used to exist, and as a way of reclaiming our lost Eden. This is hardly a culinary matter, of course; but cooking, we know, has a way of cutting through things, and to things, which have nothing to do with the kitchen. This is why it matters. The…

baking breakfast

maple oatmeal bread with cacao nibs and raspberry cream cheese

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lately I’ve been rocking a well-worn copy of Molly Katzen‘s The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. I’ve loved this cookbook for a long time; it was a staple at my beloved Blue Heron Coffeehouse, and Larry and Colleen were frequently seen thumbing through it, shocking the sleepy town of Winona with Chinese mushroom soup and eggplant salads and all kinds of other goodness that were found handwritten on it’s beautiful…


cardamom flatbread

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My husband lays next to me, whispering, ‘I’d give all we have to make sure we are always connected: you and I, and us and them.’ I find his hand in the dark and do not let it go. This earthly Victory | does not have wings: | she wears bread on her shoulders instead. | Courageously she soars, | setting the world free, | like a baker…


blackberry and basil focaccia bread

Friday, May 18, 2012

One little basil leaf stared at me today, and it’s posture struck me as I snapped it’s picture. There it lay so small, so lonely, as if it were trying to curl itself up and sneak out; wishing for a gentle gust of wind to just take it to the right. I was instantly flooded with hundreds of similar stories of myself; there were all those awkward moments,…

baking breakfast

banana bread

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I know there are a million recipes for banana bread out there, all of them claiming to be the best. I’ve tried many different variations over the years, from those made with whole wheat flour and flaxsseed to loaves that were chock-full of chocolate chips and peanut butter. They were all delicious. But there is one recipe that has traveled with me from coffeehouse to coffeehouse, and now…


no knead bread

Friday, August 5, 2011

A few years ago I discovered no knead bread. It has, of course, been around for awhile, and there are now amazing amounts of variations on it. While I’ve tried out several different recipes, and they have all made good bread, I keep coming back to the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. What’s unique about this version is that the dough is mixed, allowed to…