apple cheddar beer bread 3

apple cheddar beer bread
That kind of title gets your attention, doesn’t it? It certainly gets mine, and I’m the one who made the bread. Yes, it’s pieces of roasted apple and cheddar cheese suspended in a soft, malty dough enriched with buttermilk and porter beer. You could make almost anything with that combination of foods (including just handing...

ask the readers #2 – what are you baking? 15

ask the readers #2 – what are you baking?
One of the benefits of being a Food Person of the Internet is that my circle of culinary friends and mentors gets to be way more crowded and interesting than it otherwise would be. It seems kind of silly to waste all the good advice I could be getting from you all, so every once...

amazing zucchini bread 2

amazing zucchini bread
As we press onward in the task of finding something to do with all the zucchini from our garden, zucchini bread is an obvious favorite. I’ve always loved the stuff, and this zucchini bread recipe I found at some point on Simple Bites is exactly what I look for: soft but not mushy, sweet but...

pizza margherita 7

pizza margherita
We had some leftover fresh mozzarella from our garden party last week, and I thought a great way to use it up would be some pizza on the grill. I’ve made attempts at neapolitan pizza in the past, with mixed success, and I can say that this was the best effort so far (although hopefully...

ciabatta: a tutorial 5

ciabatta: a tutorial
Ciabatta is probably my favorite “difficult” bread to make. I say difficult because it’s in that category of artisan-style breads that means it’s harder to make than just knead, rise, bake. Ciabatta takes some attention and technique and precision, and I usually manage to accomplish about two out of those three in any given recipe....

3 ways to make homemade flatbread 7

3 ways to make homemade flatbread
Flatbread! I’m a big fan of bread in general, but one of my favorite of its manifestations by far is flatbread. Why? Well, for one, it’s a great vehicle for both wrapping and dipping, which are my two favorite ways to eat food. Beyond that, there’s also just a homey, rustic, down-to-earth joy in eating bread...

philly-style soft pretzels 18

philly-style soft pretzels
For some reason, I’ve been subconsciously avoiding the task of figuring out how to create some fantastic soft pretzels. Sure, I’ve taken a stab at pretzel rolls, but those were mostly just rolls in a pretzel-y shape. In fact, the reason I even thought of making pretzel rolls was because my first attempt at soft...

pumpernickel bread 8

pumpernickel bread
Pumpernickel bread is weird, in a strangely appealing and fascinating way. When I was a kid it was just the wrong kind of bread: dark, bitter, dense, and intense (why would you do that  to perfectly good bread?). Now though, in my mature grownup years, I’m starting to develop a taste for it. Pumpernickel’s quirks...