Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Raspberry Swirls, Tourte Milanese, Hazelnut Baby Cakes

Yes, its been quiet around here lately.

Baking and cooking have been happening, but the writing hasn't. Unless its about business ethics. Writing four papers or so a week for school kind of suck the desire to do any other type of writing right out of me. We won't talk about the million and one other things that have sucked up the rest of my free time (I'm looking at you, flooded basement).


So, let's get to it.


Someone else has that covered... (Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Twice Baked Brioche)

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with leftovers.

Some days, I welcome them with open arms (I'm looking at you lasagna); other times, not so much (tuna casserole).

Pizza - I'm in.

Leftover chicken. Blech.

Somewhere, I am sure that there is a path of reasoning that determines what works and what doesn't. I haven't figured it out yet.

Some people have the ability to go all Tamar Adler on their leftovers and create everlasting meals.

Based on the number of leftovers that molder in my refrigerator (and the related weekly clean-out of said leftovers), clearly I am not that person...


Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Jam Filled Sandwich Cookies

It's back to school week here in Upstate NY - as evidenced by the increasing presence of school buses jamming up my morning commute. (Please tell me why they need to be in my way before 6:30 in the morning...)

I realize that school buses are a necessary and vital cog in the education wheel; but man, I have a hard time feeling the love when they start adding 5-10 minutes to the morning commute. 

Even though we are having the warmest week of the summer, with temperatures in the 90's every day for the past week, the return of school buses heralds the return of baking season.

The bins of apples and displays of squash at the farmer's market this past weekend were another sharp reminder of the imminent season change...

Soon the leaves will turn color and the temperatures will sink further than I even care to think about.



Tuesdays with Dorie - BwJ: Swedish Oatmeal Hardtack, Mini Florentine Squares, Glazed Mini Rounds, Pita Breads, Brioche Tarts w/ White Secret Sauce

It's another installment of "Tuesday's with Dorie recipes that I didn't write about while we were moving" whirlwind make-up post. After this round, I am caught up with both Baking with Julia and Baking Chez Moi.



Tuesdays with Dorie Baking Chez Moi: Apricot-Raspberry Tart, Vanilla-Mango Panna Cotta, Cherry Crumb Tart & Bubble Top Eclairs

I like things to be ordered and controlled. My inner self is happy when life is balance.

However, I have learned over the years that it's not the ability to control that it is important but having the ability to manage my inability to control everything. It's a life skill, I tell you.

Much of my work career is spent managing things that are outside of my direct control.

Rolling with the punches.

Creating order out of chaos.

Once my children reached a certain stage of development, I slowly came to realize that there were limits of control in that area too.

Another case of rolling with the punches and limiting the effects of the chaos.

Buying and selling a house. OMG. The lack of control is mind boggling.

However, we survived. I survived.

And now it's time to retrospect two months of Baking Chez Moi (I will cover Baking with Julia in another post).