How to: Brown Butter

How to Brown Butter by My Utensil Crock

If you have never browned butter, it's time. I don't know the whole science behind browned butter, and you aren't going to hear about milkfat and clarified butter* from me (* I am pretty sure those terms are related to browned butter). Just a lot of step-by-step photos showing you How to Brown Butter, and untold praise of this magic … [Read more...]

How to: Make Buttermilk at Home {Two Ing...

How to Make Your Own Buttermilk! by My Utensil Crock

Have you bought a carton of buttermilk? Have you ever used all of it before its expiration? I know. I make my own buttermilk, with just two staple ingredients: skim milk and fresh lemon juice.  In short, the lemon juice curdles the milk, and the resulting concoction can be substituted for buttermilk in any baking recipe, or similar, … [Read more...]

Fast, No-Rise Homemade Hamburger Buns {S...

No-Rise Hamburger Buns by My Utensil Crock

Sometimes it's easier to make bread than to buy it. You may not agree with that statement. But fresh, hot bread out of your oven in about 40 minutes? With NO rise time? If you're not with me on that, I don't know if we can be friends. And you haven't tried Cheesy Beer Bread. I happened upon this recipe out of … [Read more...]

Garlic-Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots

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Uh, yeah. Homemade Garlic - Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots. There are few herbs I like better than garlic, and I still can't believe I can make pretzels in my kitchen. This recipe, combining these two favorites, takes a little hands-on time, but each step is easy, and soooo worth it. I just took the pretzel dough part of the Mini Pretzel … [Read more...]

Breakfast Brownies

Breakfast Brownies

As featured in the Huffington Post (July 2015; see #7). As featured in the Huffington Post (Sept 2014; see #7). Good morning to you, beautiful Breakfast Brownies. What?! you ask with an interrobang ... I thought we focused on healthy food here, with only occasional exceptions. These brownies are, I assure you, healthy. NO butter, NO flour … [Read more...]

Challah {Four-Strand Braid}

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Thanksgiving snuck up on me this year – does everyone feel that way every year? I had suggested to my parents that we embrace “Thanksgivukkah” and serve a Jewish-themed appetizer course, followed by the traditional Thanksgiving meal. They did not require much convincing. Any excuse to eat latkes, lox, and pastrami is welcomed around these … [Read more...]

Challah with Apples and Honey

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Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year - Rosh Hashanah. Happy New Year! I love this holiday and seize the opportunity for fresh beginnings. I treat it like a traditional new year and spend the day reflecting about the past year and year to come; straightening my apartment, organizing my life, and vowing to get to the gym; and cooking. … [Read more...]

Roasted Garlic + Rosemary Beer Bread

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Do you love fresh-baked bread ... but fear the thought of working with yeast? I recommend starting with a delicious baby-step: Beer bread! Beer bread is just what it sounds like - bread that is made with beer. What kind of beer? Any kind, really, and the bread will take on a subtle taste of the beer you choose. For this recipe, all you do is mix … [Read more...]

Homemade Grilled Bread

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At this month's Cooking Club, I acquainted myself with a propane grill at a good old-fashioned barbecue in AWP's backyard. My apartment building has a community grill on the roof, and I had not made much use of it - until now. Yes, the success of this bread has made me want to grill. For Cooking Club, I selected to make Grilled Flatbreads; we … [Read more...]

Fresh Ricotta Cheese

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al·che·my [al-kuh-mee], n. 1.  a form of chemistry and speculative philosophy practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and concerned principally with discovering methods for transmuting baser metals into gold and with finding a universal solvent and an elixir of life. 2.  any magical power or process of transmuting a common substance, … [Read more...]