Homemade Margherita Pizza


A few months ago, I bought a pizza stone at Target for $20.  For awhile, it’s been sitting in my cupboard, waiting to be used.  Last week I finally took it out of the box and put it on the bottom rack of my oven.  Pizza stones are essential in creating a real pizza crust.  [...]

Japanese Milk Bread (Tangzhong or Water Roux method)

Japanese Milk Bread

I’ve always loved the soft, slightly sweet, Japanese bakery bread that can be found in most Asian markets.  (The Chinese & Taiwanese also have a version of this bread that is nearly identical.)   But how do you replicate the soft fluffiness of this bread when making at home?  Most “milk bread” recipes out there [...]

Fresh Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

I love cheese.  Especially fresh homemade ricotta cheese! One of my favorites ways to eat fresh ricotta is with a sprinkle of pine nuts and a light drizzle of honey.  Yum!!! Making ricotta is so easy and simple.  And once you taste it fresh, you’ll never buy the stuff in the plastic tubs again.  All [...]

Pistachio & White Chocolate Chip Cookies


There is a health food market around the corner from here that has bulk bins of candy, nuts, grains, and spices.  The other day, I bought several scoops of shelled pistachio nuts, and figured I would find something good to make out of them.  (Then I left them on the counter and promptly forgot about [...]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

There is such a thing as having too much zucchini, apparently.  After a particular grocery store trip (where I purchased zucchini), I came home to find that not only was there already zucchini in the refrigerator (oops), but that a friend had also dropped off some baseball bat sized home grown zucchini!  Now, there are [...]