Pissaladière (French Pizza)

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I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student in the Alsasce region of France.  How my parents managed to pull that off in the middle of a divorce on a church salary and as a full time student I have no idea, but I am eternally grateful. I took full advantage…

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English Muffin Bread Pizzas

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I’ve entered that parenting stage where I am, apparently, running a taxi service for my children. I always thought the whole “Mom’s Taxi” thing was a cliché. It isn’t. Clearly. I mean wow. I’m still having trouble mentally adjusting to the fact that I’m a grown up, let alone that  I have an honest-to-goodness teenager…

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Dijon Cheddar Scallion Puffs (Gougères) | Make Ahead Mondays

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Nicolas Sarkozy has banned cheese from the Elysée Palace? Woah. That, my friends, is trés, trés scandalous. The French meal -such as is my experience with it- revolves around the cheese course. Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin -the French gastronome extraordinaire- is widely quoted as saying, “A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman who is missing…

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English Muffin Bread

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English muffins hold a very special place in my heart. How could you possibly not love the craggy, full-of-holes, moist bread and the crunchy, toasty bits of cornmeal stuck to the outside that transfer to your fingers when you grip it? I love them every which way, from the English muffin pizzas my mom used…

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Pesto Pinwheel Rolls | Arugula and Walnut Pesto

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There isn’t anything that is necessary to say about these rolls other than a resounding “WOW!” but not being a woman of few words, I’m going to say a bunch anyway. Once again, I break out what is now pretty firmly cemented as my best-loved bread dough of all time. But I should backtrack a…

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Bubble Pizza (Pizza Monkey Bread)

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Isn’t there some sort of sporting event coming up this weekend? Some big deal? Football something or other? I’m a little fuzzy on that point, I’m just thinking I’ve heard talk. Anyway, if you happen to be going somewhere or having lots of people over, you might be expected to have some finger food available….

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Mini Cheddar Scallion Monkey Breads

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  There’s very little cheese in this recipe. That is, there’s not so much cheese compared to the sum total amount of cheese in, say, Wisconsin or Vermont. There’s really not a whole lot compared to what you would find in my favourite cheese factory and shoppe. But otherwise? There is a ton of cheese…

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Honey Potato Rolls

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Every year right around this time I get sappy. I spend November first through January tenth in a heightened state of emotional lather. We have all five boys’ birthdays interspersed among Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. The ever-racing nature of time is really driven home by singing Happy Birthday twenty five times in…

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