Monthly Archives: December 2015

Other people’s recipes: Joanne Chang’s Deep, Dark, Spicy Gingerbread

The third, and by far most popular, dish I made the week before Christmas was “Deep, Dark, Spicy Gingerbread” from Joanne Chang’s Flour (Chronicle Books, 2010; p. 200). It is, as the recipe promises, deep and dark — so much so … Continue reading

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Recipe quick takes: Emily Luchetti’s Caramel Chocolate Chunk Tart

This is going to be an even quicker “quick take” than usual, because I only have one photo of this tart — taken after it was completely baked. (Since the procedure is all stuff I’ve covered before, more than once … Continue reading

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Recipe quick takes: Birthday Cake 2015

In the week before Christmas, I baked three different things, the first of which was my birthday cake. It seems a bit weird to bake a cake for one’s own birthday, but I’ve found it’s the best way to preempt … Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Time of the Year

In December, our popular culture is constantly delivering the message that everyone is expected to be happy, indeed joyful, at this time — there’s probably a radio station playing “The Most Wonderful Time” as I write this. All the office … Continue reading

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In search of a usable on-call notification service

One advantage of taking a break, however short, from my weekly baking project is that it allows me to put some time into writing other things. Lately, I’ve been looking for better ways to do on-call notification at my workplace, … Continue reading

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I still don’t “get” runners

For much of this year, from late April into early October, it was a real disappointment for me if I did not get out and ride at least ten miles every single day. I would rail against the weather when … Continue reading

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Administrivia: Baking schedule update for the rest of the year

I had originally planned to do a pound cake this weekend, but in view of the very large quantity of “free” food expected at the office over the next week, I decided that it would not be the best time. … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: King Arthur Flour’s Whole-wheat Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is one of the easiest and most flexible cakes you can possibly bake. Its rough, “homemade” texture requires no unusual ingredients to buy, bulky equipment to store, or special techniques to master, yet the results can be so … Continue reading

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Other people’s recipes: Black Chocolate Stout Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese “Buttercream” from Ovenly

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My first baking project of the “holiday season” was a bit of a production, despite being a relatively simple two-layer chocolate cake. Perhaps this was a result of being out of practice, after nearly a month off. This is the … Continue reading

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