on a hot stone in

the oven, the bread puffs up

and forms a pocket

source, 8 servings

1 packet yeast, 1/2 t sugar, 1/4 c white whole wheat flour, 2 1/2 c white flour, 1 t salt, 2 T olive oil

combine yeast, sugar, 1 c water, wrist-temp, whole wheat flour, 1/4 c white flour, stand 15 minutes in a warm place; add salt, oil, 1 3/4 c white flour, combine with a wooden spoon; knead 3 minutes with well-floured hands; rest 10 minutes, knead 2 minutes; rise, covered, in a warm place 1 hour; roll out 8 8-inch disks using wax paper and flour; heat a baking stone in a 475 F oven, place one disk on the hot stone in the oven, bake until puffed, 1-3 minutes; flip, bake 1-2 minutes, until a few light brown spots form, repeat

baked and fried beans

when the kitchen smells

like garlic and tomato,

quickly add the beans

source, 3 servings

3 T minced garlic, 1/4 c olive oil, 1 tiny can tomato paste, 2 cans beans, rinsed and drained; 2 c mozzarella

heat oil until shimmering in a cast-iron pan, add garlic, cook until brown, add tomato paste, cook 1 minute, add beans, cook 30 seconds, add 1/2 c hot water, salt, pepper, stir to combine, remove from heat, cover with cheese, 475 F, 10 minutes, finish under the broiler, serve with hot sauce

blood orange cake

four shovels rest on

the picket fence outside the

door, all different shapes

previous version

1/2 c brown sugar, 3 eggs, 2/3 c sugar, 2 blood oranges, 1 stick butter, room temp; 2/3 c ricotta, 1/3 c cornmeal, 1 c almond flour, 1/2 t salt, 1/4 c apricot jam, 1 T grand marnier

line the bottom of a buttered pie dish with parchment, mix brown sugar, 1 T water, dollop on the parchment; cover with one layer of paper-thin orange slices, beat whites to stiff peaks, beat yolks, sugar, zest and juice of remaining oranges; beat in butter, mix in ricotta, cornmeal, flour, salt; fold in whites, pour into pie dish, 300 F, 40-60 minutes or until middle is just firm, cool, turn out; heat jam and combine with grand marnier, spread on top

roasted potato and bean soup

smoked paprika and

a bunch of parsley from the

back of the fridge drawer

5 servings

3 onions & 2 potatoes, sliced and roasted with salt and oil; 4 c broth, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained; 1 bunch parsley, cut up; smoked paprika, 1/4 c lemon juice

heat broth, roasted veggies, lemon, paprika, puree; add rest, simmer 20 minutes


snowmobiles drone while

dryer steam obscures the white

world out the window

previous version

1 packet instant yeast, 2 T honey, 4 c flour, 2 t salt, 1.5 c warm water

knead 3 minutes; rise, covered, 25 minutes; divide dough, for each half: form into a square, fold into thirds, repeat 3x, form into a baguette shape, score; proof 25 minutes on a parchment-covered stone dusted with cornmeal, 450 F, 15-20 minutes

vanilla custard and cookie parfaits

on the right weekend

afternoon, an hour can

yield four recipes

source, 6 servings

custard: 3/4 c sugar, 1/4 c cornstarch, 1/4 t salt, 6 yolks, 3 1/2 c whole milk, 2 T butter, 2 T vanilla; cookies: 1 c sugar, 1 stick butter, soft; 1 egg, 1 T vanilla, 3/4 t powder, pinch salt, 1 1/3 c flour; meringues: 6 whites, sugar, vanilla; homemade whipped cream; sliced bananas

custard: cook sugar, cornstarch, salt, yolks, milk until thickened, stirring; remove from heat, add butter and vanilla; chill until set; cookies: cream butter, sugar, vanilla, egg, mix in remaining, bake 24 cookies on parchment, 350 F, until tops are golden; to serve: layer custard, cookies, banana, whipped cream, cinnamon, repeat

gooey pumpkin bars

bake them just enough

to be gently cut up and

stored in the freezer

source, 12 servings, 276 calories

2 c white whole wheat flour, 1 t soda, 1/2 t powder, 1/2 t salt, 2 t pumpkin pie spice, 3/4 c brown sugar, 1 can pumpkin, 1/4 c olive oil, 1/4 c nut butter, soft; 2 t vanilla, 3/4 c chocolate chips

form dough with hands, bake in an 8×8 pan lined with parchment, 350 F, 35 minutes

chocolate-covered cookie dough

waiting inside the

freezer for after a run

or a long work day

source, 12 servings, 517 calories

1 3/4 c flour, 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 c maple syrup, 1/4 c cashew milk, 1 T canola oil, 2 t vanilla, pinch salt, 1/2 c mini chocolate chips; for the coating: 3 1/2 c chocolate chips, 1.5 T coconut oil, microwaved just until melted

mix dough ingredients with hands until ball forms, cover the bottom of 12 silpat muffin cups with melted chocolate, divide dough into 12 disks and place on chocolate, cover with remaining chocolate, chill until hard, keep frozen