Baklava

Baklava

Baklava is a dessert as old as time, to use the phrase loosely. Originating from Turkey probably in the 15th century but perhaps earlier, this layered pastry has now spread throughout the Balkans and Middle East: Serbia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia, Greece. The recipe varies slightly from country to country and region to […]

Lussekatter — Swedish Saffron Buns

Lussekatter — Swedish Saffron Buns

Part nine in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Sweden, focus on: LUSSEKATTER! Thank you to Helen for explaining the origin of these buns. And thank you to Sophie for emailing with me about Swedish Christmas traditions! Lussekatter, or St. Lucy’s Cats, are a sweet saffron bread from Sweden. Saffransbullar they are called, […]

Sicilian Fried Dough Balls – Christmas in Italy

Sicilian Fried Dough Balls – Christmas in Italy

Part eight in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Italy, focus on: DOUGH BALLS! Big thank you to my friend Mel for joining me on the show again to share her family tradition! Yay! Fried dough balls! A simple bread dough; little bites of it filled with cheese or pepperoni or anchovies, then […]

German Cinnamon Stars – Zimtsterne

German Cinnamon Stars – Zimtsterne

Part six in my Christmas Around the World series! Christmas in Germany, focus on: ZIMTSTERNE! A naturally gluten-free almond meringue cookie. I’d be lying my ass off if I told you these were in any way “easy” or “foolproof”. “Pain in the ass” and “kind of frustrating” might be better descriptives. Fortunately, “really really good” […]

Scotch Shortbread — Christmas Cookie Recipe

scotch shortbread recipe

Walkers Scottish Shortbread was always in our Christmas stockings from my grandmother Hornsby. She loved shortbread, especially with a cup of tea (bonus points if it was Yorkshire Gold) but I think I’ve mentioned many times by now, she never cooked or baked much of anything herself. So maybe she wouldn’t even like this shortbread […]

Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade Dog Treats

Boy do I have a treat for you! A dog treat. HA.HA. Anyway, here are two homemade dog treats for you! One extra stinky one from me, and one delicious-smelling one from my friend Jen at JustEatLife. The stinky treats are made with sardines, any kind of whole grain flour you want to use, and […]

Sufganiyot – Hanukkah Jelly Donuts

sufganiyah

Thanksgivukkah is nigh! The first time since the dinosaurs that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah coincide! Perhaps not quite that long, but for sure the once and only time it will happen in our lifetimes, so it might as well be Jurassic times. Sufganiyot (or sufganiyah, singular or סופגנייה‎ in Hebrew) are the original jelly donuts, I’d […]

Ginger Snap Cookies

Ginger Snap Cookies

Somebody please shoot me before I eat all the ginger snap cookies. I really can’t stop and it’s getting to be a problem. If you enjoy the problem of irresistible cookies, then these gingersnaps are for you. They are snappy! They are gingery! They are really really good with milk and this coming from someone […]

Parker House Dinner Rolls

Parker House Dinner Rolls

As far as dinner rolls go, Parker House rolls are the only ones I know of that have their very own special name. They were invented at the Parker House Hotel in Boston in 1855 (this was the same hotel that invented Boston Cream Pie, BTW. Man, what a chef!). Parker House rolls are characterized […]