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Barbara’s Crunchy Biscotti

January is a time for hot drinks and crunchy biscotti. In my book, The Accidental Baker, a cake for every crisis, I list 2 versions of this popular addition to your morning coffee. Here is one version using whole Hazel nuts. Crunchy Biscotti Oven 325 ºF 30-40 minutes plus extra baking time. 2 1/2  …

Christmas Latin Flan with Rum

A wonderful, smooth  Caramel Flan is perfect for a busy Christmas dessert table and an additional choice against pies or tarts. This recipe suggests making a day ahead for best results. It cuts cleanly into squares when making for a crowd. I successfully made double the recipe and used a  2” deep large roaster pan…

RED HOT BABES Strike Again!

What fun!A Pajama Party!  What an idea!  Let’s do it at Dimitries!! So off we went in pajamas strolling into Dimitries as sassy as could be…except for one of us, who shall remain unnamed, who ended up (alone) at Bob Evans!  We certainly got the looks in our curlers and babushkas and cute PJs.

Mitzi’s Ramblings

Even duct tape can’t fix stupid…but it can muffle the sound; Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice;  I don’t have white hair.  I have “wisdom highlights”.  I’m just very wise; The kids text me “plz” which is shorter than please.  I text back “no” which is shorter than “yes”; If…

Pear Clafoutis with Honey

This recipe comes from Jean Pierre Moullé; the executive chef of Chez Panisse, (a famous, small restaurant in Berkeley. Ca.) The full story can be found in my book, The Accidental Baker: a cake for every crisis. Fragrant, juicy pears are fanned onto a buttery tart shell. Add  a French custard, (Clafoutis), pour over the…

Get Out Your Walking Shoes

Sit back and get ready to enjoy a quiet and gentle read in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012) by Rachel Joyce. Harold, 65 and recently retired, was only walking a letter to the mailbox at the end of the road.  At least that was his intention.  He had written a simple note to…