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Sesame wheat pita
A most delicious morning activity
Just born: Working on my sourdough Kaiser rolls
What else does one do in a blizzard??
Roasted, then peeled, cut and caramelized beets (in browned butter)-So delicious
Braised beef and vegetables over fettuccine
Well, my freezer’s dance card is just about full… soon all my babies will be home
Leek, shiitake mushroom, asparagus, gruyere quiche
Biscotti in process
Galette pastry, ready for the freezer. Busy times ahead
A tomato pie- ala salad
Bolognese stuffed spaghetti squash- sautéed kohlrabi and crusty, sourdough bread
Spiced applesauce with poached apple chunks and macerated raisins
Whole Wheat, Sourdough, Everything Bagels
Toasted sesame Irish butter cookies
Good morning, Sourdough Egg Bagels
It never gets old
Just born: Sourdough Wheat Bagels
Woke up dreaming about last nights din-din
Just born: Mixed plum galette, glazed with melted red currant jam, cassis and a few drops of rose water- then...
Steamed lobsters, potatoes, roasted with duck fat- pencil-thin asparagus with garlic. 🙌 “She’s back in the saddle again
So, after the first side is seared, it gets turned over- that way, when the two pancakes get separated, there...
Last night: Peking duck-the process (after the ducks were seasoned, they got refrigerated, uncovered, 24 hours- then dunked in boiling...
🙌 whenthisnanacooks homebaked cookandbakefromscratch homecooking
Stairway to Heaven. Chicken parm
Three berries, baked in a galette. Blackberries, blueberries and mulberries
A taste and texture combo that cools. Carpaccio of beets and cucumbers
Lunch. All I added was a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Just what we needed. So yummy
Mixed seafood (clams, mussels, shrimp and calamari marinara- listed in order of their cooking) over fresh pasta
Just born: fresh apricot gallete, kissed by candied almonds and pistachios
Tuesday afternoon meditation#cookandbakefromscratch
A delicious partnership: Osso bucco (from my freezer) over today’s-made fettuccine (and simmered fresh peas
Monday morning meditation
Homemade pita, seared with za’atar and filled with sausage, peppers and onions and topped with a spicy yogurt sauce. 🙌🙌...
Stuffed-roasted lobsters- with Persian rice. Savory, floral, SO yummy
Homemade pita, Israeli salad with fresh chives blossoms, chicken shawarma with grilled tomatoes
Homemade labneh (yogurt cheese)- so delicious and easy! Depending on the texture you’re going for-and the type of yogurt you...
Wood-oven sourdough bread. Wheat, emmer, spelt, rye. 🙌 Delicious!@hagaybread #🇮🇱💪
Great combo at wine-time. Hummus, sk’ug (Yemenite hot pepper relish), labneh (yogurt cheese), tahina (tahini sauce), za’atar-flavored pita chips (open...
Shrimp and cockle clams cooked with (tons of) garlic, tomatoes and arugula ( in extra virgin olive oil) and served...
Steamers, roasted black bass, asparagus baked with crumbs, poached and pan-roasted potatoes. Delish
Pan-grilled bok choy. As delish with breakfast as it is for dinner
Yes, in a perfect world, someone would be making me matzo ball soup, since I have a lousy cold and...
Shrimp and broccoli in a scallion-garlic-ginger sauce
Wood-grilled fillet mignon and shiitakes topped with fresh mozzarella and grape tomato
Peking duck-first time doing it in the oven- usually roast by wood fire. So fun-and delicious! Served with homemade wrappers,...
Meat for lunch means veggies for dinner: fresh pasta with roasted tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, toasted pine nuts- and...
Woodfired dinner. Rack of lamb, and carrot/cauliflower medley, herb-roasted potatoes and sourdough bread (from my freezer!) made crisp and delish
Osso bucco with fresh fettuccine
Big batch of spicy barbecue sauce “blooping” awaaaay….. recipe with video on my site!
Toasted sesame whole wheat sourdough
Pizza Partnership: Crisp, light, stand/up bottom and border- toppings that didn’t overwhelm but asserted their worthiness to be heard. One...
Homemade wrappers for Peking duck-each pancake is actually two! They get peeled apart after searing and then being allowed to...
Oh- I need an excuse?? Ok! There’s a big snow storm coming tomorrow-and I need my strength! Veal parm and...
Apple-cinnamon galette: No, I’m never ever over it- each one has its own pulse- it’s own breath-a unique face. Each...
Grano arso stracci, (burnt wheat, irregular rags of pasta) sitting in shrimp stock-topped with spicy shrimp marinara, grilled portobello mushrooms...
Sesame pumpernickel- baked with healing intentions for a family in need of prayers
Cucumber 🥒 cuff salad bowl with watermelon radish and shaved Parmesan
Fried Indian bread puffs- sweet and savory-My children’s favorite- can’t wait to make these for my grand-baby Audra
Wood-roasted chicken: Just yum
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In the first photo (upper left) I’m applying my last very gentle stretch and fold to this ciabatta dough, before...
A special birthday cake for a special friend, Kathy. Golden cake layers with vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with...
Slow cooked chicken thighs, hot Italian sausage- peppers, onions, garlic- rice- ALL leftovers put together in such a delicious way!...
Roasting away… when I want to apply more direct heat to a specific area, I just lower the grate that’s...
There’s no place like home
Malted milk-chocolate chunk
Pane di casa. A favorite part of the process
Pecan praline ice cream
Happy Valentine’s Day! A mixed berry and grape tart for my sweet, sweetheart. ❤ @jprecept00
Since I was little, creamy mashed potatoes have always made me feel safe and soothed. I think I ate a...
When grilling chops- regardless of whether on the stove or on the grill, after searing on both sides and the...
Homemade garganelli pasta- which is handmade penne rigate. Keep your pasta squares covered with plastic to keep supple- and rub...
“Everything” Chinese noodles. The process
Grissini (sesame) get rotated while in the oven so they bake until golden and crisp
Cavatelli with meat sauce
Same dough as orecchiette (see previous post) but shaped into cavatelli
Homemade orecchiette. Dough: twice as much fancy durum flour as very warm tap water. Whisk flour with some salt (1/2...
Ciabatta means “slipper bread” because of its shape, which is said to resemble a slipper
Fresh baked biscuits
Not all dough is treated equal-and that’s a good thing! Yeast dough is kneaded aggressively and biscuit dough (here) is...
Before and after baking. Experimenting with multigrain loaves. By the way… sometimes, I can feel you wondering- if so, the...
Mondays are just when we could all use some of this, don’t you think? 🙌 it’s easier than you think
One dough, two different shapes and thickness. Dough: 2 cups 00 flour- make well, add 2 x-lg eggs and 4...
Who needs Waldo when we have Mango?! Pork chops (1-inch rib chops are my fav) For 4 to 6 chops:...
Staring at the weathered, cracked outer shell of this loaf makes me think about a type of treasure inherent in...
Pigs in a quilt with Dijon and shredded cheese for the freezer. There are two truths that are indisputable. One:...
Truly sexy, to a baker. Take it off Baby
Good morning. Welcome to my world
French rolls. The aroma is beyond
Leg of lamb, roast potatoes and baby eggplant
So far, it’s been a pretty beautiful day
Baby back ribs and chili rellenos- perfect together
Getting started early-going to see sweet Audra at the aquarium. Chili rellenos later
Trust me, although immense fun, you do not need a wood-oven to make amazing, artisan bread
Just born: from my wood oven. A challenging, magnificent process
I wanted a large, thin-crust pizza- I wanted the toppings to be half this and half that. My round peel...
When my fish fillets are too long for my pan- I could cut them but I’m stubborn! So, I take...
Tartar sauce: minced Italian parsley, chives, onion, capers, pickles, mayo, Dijon and whole-grain mustard-a small splash of caper brine and...
Just born: Apricot and prune Danish
Savory strudel: pancetta, onions, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, spinach, ricotta, Reggiano and Gruyere cheese
Maple-Caramel Pumpkin (deep-dish) Tart, with a crisp pastry topper❤️
Gravy base (sautéed shallot, mushroom, goblet, neck meat, fresh thyme) done and, when cooked, gets chilled overnight- will finish tomorrow,...
“Everything but the kitchen sink stuffing”- Assembled and ready to be chilled until tomorrow. (Sautéed onions, celery, garlic, mushrooms, pomegranate...
Fresh leeks, anyone??
Just out: Pane di casa (made with sautéed onions and beer
Three kinds of crackers cooling: onion-garlic, sesame and caraway with pretzel salt
Wood-grilled strip steak, roast onions, poached and then pan-seared potatoes- and sautéed broccoli
Nothing fancy/nothing like it. Home-food rocks
A new cookie, just born: fudge-filled pecan prailine cookies
Leftover braised beef and vegetables, turned into a filling for pasta!
Ravioli bolognese with sautéed broccolini and pane di casa #
Grilled boneless chicken breasts, fried plantains, sautéed spinach and poached-then roasted fingerling potatoes. A delicious night at home
Banana and Mixed Berry Jam Bread-with a hint of peanut butter
Never throw away your leftover mashed potatoes!! Chill, scoop, dip in egg, roll in breadcrumbs mixed with Parmesan cheese and...
Last night was my daughter Julie’s bridal shower- so filled with love. This is my jumbo-sized chocolate cookie ornament with...
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Carpaccio of roasted beets
Just born: Corn muffins
Spinach. Still harvesting winter
Just born. Blueberry pie
Grilled, herb-scented butterflied chicken with tomatoes, wild mushrooms and sweet onions and baked creamed spinach, topped with Parmesan
Burgers on the wood grill (insider our kitchen, next to the wood oven). It’s really raining- so I have to...
Lasagna – homemade through and through
Smoked, then braised beef short ribs. I learned two things: I know how to cook short ribs- they were so...
Artisan crackers. Onion/garlic. The only problem: once you make (and eat) these homemade crackers, it’s impossible to buy store bought....
Dinner was delish- second time using my smoker. It was crazy windy- rained intermittently- should have been a royal pain...
So happy… Homemade pizza is just the best
Not bad for my first shot
Embarking on a new path!
Grilled pork chops and grill-sautéed corn with shaved onions, jalapeños and garlic confit. A new season is finally here (it’s...
The aroma- Like deeply toasted popcorn. The taste and texture- Heaven
Chocolate-caramel-toasted nut-matzo crisps and chewy coconut macaroons
Tender matzo balls get lowered into just-made soup. Extras go into some chicken stock and get frozen
It’s that time, once again. Our bread for our Seder and for this next week!
Just born: Cinnamon-currant-nut palmiers. Made with homemade, all butter puff pastry
Getting ready for the weekend
“Meatloaf, Ma!”…and baked mashed potatoes. So happy
One girl’s garbage is another girl’s gold. Please don’t throw away your super-ripe bananas. Let them make your life more...
Pan-seared trout with sautéed almonds and smashed (not mashed) potatoes
Strawberry ice cream in process
Braised, glazed and roasted pork spareribs with sautéed corn and beet greens
Happy spring! Sweet pea ravioli (inside and out) and wood-roast Cornish hens
Glazed corned beef
Tonight’s dinner was really wonderful/ not just because it tasted great- but because our meal tonight utilized yesterday’s food in...
I’m just never over it
Artichokes baked with garlicky breadcrumbs and stock…Beyond
A happy birthday cake for my sweet friend Kathy. Love you
Crispy garlic croutons
Chicken in the pot with vegetables and noodles and challah dinner rolls. This meal spells LOVE
Tandoori chicken. I’ve done this in both my conventional oven and this wood-fueled oven- both with spectacular results. The seasoned...
Southern-fried chicken thighs, yucca, braised cabbage and skillet cornbread. #cookandbakefromscratch#cookfromscratch #bakefromscratch
Cooking Pappodums. Going to be an Indian night. #cookandbakefromscratch #whenthisnanacooks!
Yeah…ready! #cookfromscratch #homecookingrocks #cookandbakefromscratch
Roasted whole Branzino with linguine fini, tossed with sautéed julienned leeks, spaghettied carrots and zucchini- bathed in a fresh vegetable...
White asparagus grow without being exposed to the sun- which is why they’re white. Green vegetables interact with the sun...
The lesson continues. Jen’s making two kinds of crackers: caraway and onion. #cookandbakefromscratch #bakefromscratch #justbaked
Just baked. Chocolate, peanut butter, marshmallow, Krispies, chocolate chunk cookies. #bakefromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #cookfromscratch #justbaked
Ciabatta. #cookandbakefromscratch #theresnothinglikehomemadebread #bakefromscratch #nurturingfood #homebaked
Dinner buns… #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homefoodisthebest #nurturingfood #theresnothinglikehomemadebread #bakefromscratch
Wood-roast chicken and oven-roast cauliflower. #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #nurturingfood
Almost there… #cookandbakefromscratch #cookingfromscratch #nurturingfood
On the way to a delicious din-din… #cookandbakefromscratch #nurturingfood #cookingfromscratch
Porcini agnolotti (filled with braised beef and vegetables) with broccoli rabe. #cookfromscratch #cookingfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch
Egg rolls (homemade wrappers!!) and fresh duck sauce. Oh boy!!! #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #cookingfromscratch #homefoodisthebest
Beef stew over spinach fettuccine with cream biscuits. #cookingfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #bakefromscratch #homefoodisthebest
Valentine’s Day 2016: Wood-roast lobsters, spinach pasta with red clam sauce, fresh baguette and, for dessert, two fudge truffles. Now,...
Gonna be a good din-din. Happy Valentines Day! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homefoodisthebest
Mid-winter pasta-pesto (the blessing of having summer-pesto in the freezer). Toasted pine nuts and flash-sautéed grape tomatoes. Too good! #homecomingrocks...
Din-din, thanks to inspiration from my daughter Jules. #homecomingrocks #cookfromscratch #bakefromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch
“Everything” fried Chinese noodles- to be served with homemade duck sauce. #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch
For the galette (tonight). Praline ice cream. I always scoop ice cream ahead and keep it in the freezer, covered...
Apple-cinnamon galette. Just born. #bakefromscratch #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homecookingrocks
Just to make things better…. #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homecookingrocks
Fresh roasted and just peeled and quartered. Naturally magnificent. #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homecookingrocks
Cherry, chocolate and toasted almond galette. #bakefromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homecookingrocks
Fresh Bigoli pasta (fat spaghetti). #cookfromscratch #homecomingrocks #nurturingfood #italiancooking #cookandbakefromscratch
Jumbo shrimp, cockles and mussels, simmered in a spicy marinara. Roasted asparagus with paper-thin-sliced cherry peppers and garlic confit. Just-made...
Ravioli: Sautéed broccoli rabe, onions, mushrooms, cherry peppers, garlic, ricotta, Parmesan. #lookingforwardtodinner #cookfromscratch #lastnightsvegetablesreinvented #homecomingrocks #cookandbakefromscratch
Happy, happy birthday to my beautiful father in law, Joe Groveman, who turned 95 years young today. I think the...
From last nights din-din. Simmered cockles, braise-roasted green onions, trout in scampi sauce. #homecomingrocks #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #kitchenadventures
Challah dinner rolls. #bakefromscratch #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #nurturingfood #homecomingrocks
Egg noodles in the making… #cookfromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #homecookingrocks
Wood-roast chicken and carrots. Purple sweet potatoes and sweet-cream biscuits. #homecookingrocks #cookfromscratch #bakefromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch
Just born. #bakefromscratch #cookandbakefromscratch #onthetable
Homemade Paccheri pasta (large tubes) alla Vodka-with fresh peas, roasted grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and strips of prime rib. #ilovetocook...
Meatball, sautéed broccoli, jalapeño pizza. Feels so great to use what’s here from these past few days of cooking. Homemade...
To make Chili Rellenos: blacken Pueblano peppers over direct flame. Let cool, then rub off skins. Lay pepper flat and...
Blueberry, puff-pastry squares. To be served tonight with French Vanilla ice cream. 2016, here we come!!! #thebakefeed #bakefromscratch
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What is a Life Coach?
Create the Life You Want!
Learn to Cook
Tips for the Table
All About Grilling
The I Love to Cook Book