CtBF – chewy chocolate chip cookies

At first blush, it's easy to make a quick judgement about something. When this recipe came up, I thought simultaneously - "it's too hot to bake cookies", "well, it makes sense because it's back-to-school time" and "oh, well I can take them out to the nurses". Well, the first one? Nope, the season has officially … Continue reading CtBF – chewy chocolate chip cookies

CtBF – Tomato & Peach Panzanella

I've always thought of Panzanella as a traditional Italian salad, relying heavily on tomatoes, good bread, and herbs. It's not something I make often (I should), but have made before. I'm guessing that it's because eating less bread tends to outweigh avoiding food waste - I probably need to check my priorities and timing. For … Continue reading CtBF – Tomato & Peach Panzanella

CtBF -Fresh-off-the-Cob Corn Chowder

Fresh corn chowder. Most summers I spend a large percentage of my cooking on fresh corn, tomatoes and chiles, with some herbs thrown in. This year is different with many other commitments, and back to mostly cooking for one person with a busy schedule. We have local corn that is outstanding, though in the past … Continue reading CtBF -Fresh-off-the-Cob Corn Chowder

CtBF – Chicken with Mustard

This is the last recipe our group will be scheduled to make from My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz. Undoubtedly, some will play catch-up to complete the project, and likely some will repeat several of the recipes made over the past few years from this book. But this - this is the last recipe scheduled … Continue reading CtBF – Chicken with Mustard

CtBF – Salmon burgers, and catching WAY up!

I've looked at this blog, and see posts from fellow bloggers, and it shows me just how far behind I've gotten. It's been a whirlwind of a few years, with little time for anything beyond the absolutely necessary. With what little time was available, making choices about exactly what to do left me leaving things … Continue reading CtBF – Salmon burgers, and catching WAY up!

Chicken Bánh Mì

Bánh Mì sandwiches have been an obsession of mine for a while. I could get them at the airport sometimes when I traveled, and while I even have a cookbook dedicated to them stashed away somewhere, I hadn't really made them often because the very traditional fillings for these quintessential Vietnamese sandwiches didn't really appeal … Continue reading Chicken Bánh Mì

CtBF -Bûche de Noel

I have always wanted to make one of these! Of course, making one for Christmas itself would be good. We'll see how we like this version. There are plenty around, I'd always assumed that I'd make Julia Child's recipe, but then... here it was in My Paris Kitchen. This version is almost like a soft … Continue reading CtBF -Bûche de Noel

CtBF – Brussels Sprouts and “the best day ever”

In a long lifetime of days, it might be a bit much to say literally "the best day ever", but easily this counts as a really great day. I've been blogging along with a group of now friends for 8 years - the original group formed was French Fridays with Dorie, and we cooked through … Continue reading CtBF – Brussels Sprouts and “the best day ever”

CtBF – My Newest Gougères

This is an exciting Friday for all "Doristas", as we are starting another chapter in our effort to cook and learn with our oftentimes muse, Dorie Greenspan. Her latest cookbook Everyday Dorie, may be one of her best, certainly incredibly accessible, and if the reactions I've seen are typical, this will be not only a … Continue reading CtBF – My Newest Gougères

Mardi’s no-knead french loaf

My blogging friend Mardi Michels recently published a cookbook! in the french kitchen with kids. Its filled with a wide range of recipes that look amazing. And I'm sure they are, since Mardi is both an accomplished cook, and we've been reading about her cooking classes with kids and have seen the results. Growing up, … Continue reading Mardi’s no-knead french loaf