Baking

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Making Pastry

For the past four weeks, every Wednesday I kiss the dogs goodbye, throw my overnight bag in the car and make the gorgeous two and a half hour drive from Dillon to Missoula. I love having that time to myself. I listen to our local NPR station, I daydream, I watch the drop-dead scenery roll by. Sometimes I turn off the radio, roll down the windows and just breathe in that cold, clear mountain air. Heaven. And it’s about this...

What’s For Dinner? Vegetarian Chili

  As a vegetarian, I get asked a lot, “Well, what do you eat?” No joke, people really do ask me that question. It’s always amused me a bit but now I’m also being asked for recipes as more and more people have started looking at healthier meal options.  Look, I’m warning you right now that I am in no way a great cook. Baker, sure I can hold my own, but cooking? It’s just not something I do for...

Can I Get a “Hell, Yea!”?

Chocolate Truffles of love  I know, I know, baking and chocolate, you know I love it, I obsess over it, I lay in bed at night dreaming up chocolate fantasy concoctions. Yada, yada, yada. You’ve heard it all before and I know I’ve gone on and on about the baking ban. But, folks, I’m about to take it to a whole new level…     I received a benign email from our local artisan chocolate and pastry chef in Missoula...

When All Else Fails…Make Biscuits

Yesterday was one of those days. I know you know what I’m talking about. The kind of day that just struggles against your best efforts to smooth its ruffled edges. You try, you take deep breaths, you tell yourself this is just a lesson in patience. You go through your routine doing your best to jump the hurdles that come your way. When the dog you spent an hour brushing out so she would look presentable at her doctor’s appointment...

Some Red Velvet Lovin’

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day…a celebration of love replete with wine, chocolate and flowers. It’s no secret that I look forward to it every year since it really is my “get of of jail free” card to indulge in all of the aforementioned vices with complete and utter abandon. And let’s not forget, it also allows me to indulge in another of my not-so-secret addictions…baking high caloric, and very much forbidden if I EVER want to fit into my bikini, treats. Seriously,...

Curry It Up

  There’s one thing that I’ve always wanted to try…to make my own curry. I’m addicted to curry, either Indian or Thai, I’m really not picky and one of my favorites is Thai Massaman curry. So, when I came across this gorgeous mortar and pestle in a secondhand shop, my vision of pounding and grinding my own curry paste finnnaallly came to pass. First let me just say, for anyone who has ever tried to find galangal root and doesn’t...