s01e10 Shokupan (Japanese Milk Bread)

Shokupan (sometimes referred to as Japanese Milk Bread or Hokkaido Milk Bread) literally means meal bread. Shoku is meal or food and pan was taken from the Portuguese word for bread. This type of bread became common in post-war Japan when it was served in school lunch to combat rice scarcity. As is typical in Japanese culture, they took this common Western staple and elevated … Continue reading s01e10 Shokupan (Japanese Milk Bread)

s01e06 Large Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you really want to impress your family, friends or co-workers with crowd pleasing cookies, these are it. And ‘large’ is an understatement; they are huge, enormous, gigantic chocolate chip cookies! They are thick, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and oh so very chocolaty. This recipe makes some significant changes to the typical back of the bag chocolate chip cookie recipe. First … Continue reading s01e06 Large Chocolate Chip Cookies

s01e05 Easy Crust Quiche

Anyone who knows me, knows my favorite meal is breakfast/brunch! From eggs, hash browns and sausage to French toast, waffles and pancakes, I can never get enough. When I want a quiche in a pinch, I use a 1-ingredient crust and combine it with a basic quiche base. The secret ingredient is panko – Japanese bread crumbs. I also bought this inexpensive extra deep pie … Continue reading s01e05 Easy Crust Quiche

s01e04 Chocolate Crinkles

One of the easiest ways to make a distinctive cookie is to use a recipe that falls and cracks – like my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. This one is even more distinctive because of the contrast between the white powdered sugar exterior and the dark chocolate brown interior. And the soft, fudge like chewiness is so satisfying for anyone who loves chocolate. Most recipes call … Continue reading s01e04 Chocolate Crinkles

s01e03 Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Balsamic Blueberries

I’m not a cake guy. Mind you, I love eating cake. I’m just not into baking cakes. Perhaps because cake baking is an exacting science with tried-and-true ratios that require you to weigh your ingredients to get the perfect outcome. I’m much too lazy to do that. I’m also not into decorating things. I like beauty that is inherent, not additive. There is so much … Continue reading s01e03 Olive Oil Cake with Roasted Balsamic Blueberries

s01e02 Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Whenever I mention this recipe to people, they are incredulous. How can you make cookies without flour? So this is just globs of baked peanut butter? Well, yes, it is. But no one eats peanut butter cookies for the flour. We eat it for the peanut butter! This EASY 5 ingredient recipe (6 with the optional vanilla extract) is SIMPLE and simply AMAZING. The way … Continue reading s01e02 Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

s01e01 Basic No-Knead Bread Recipe

I’m most interested in easy recipes that look impressive. My interaction with bread making was limited to using my sister’s bread machine back when I was in college. But in 2009, my life changed when I head about a new cookbook – Jim Lahey’s My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method. He made bread so accessible and easy that it was my entry into making … Continue reading s01e01 Basic No-Knead Bread Recipe