Suzi's Blog

Baking Bacon with Maple Syrup and Brown Sugar

Most often, we cook bacon by reaching for the frying pan. It’s a fine technique and, after the bacon is cooked and removed, that bacon fat is there to cook with even more: potatoes, onions, carrots… Still, there is an important option. You can bake the bacon, on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil.…

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Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping from Michele Stuart

I don’t remember when I first had a Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping. Maybe a neighborhood bakery there in North Portland. Maybe I my mom was killing a box of Bisquick. I know every other Friday in grade school we had a crumb cake for dessert with that signature spice-and-sugar topping with a crunch. At the…

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Mother’s Sweet White Scones from Darina Allen [and a comparison!]

This is an unusual post. I’m comparing two scone recipes, one old and one new. Suzen and I have made both, tasted both, and must say we have a favorite: the new one. In the comparison that follows, you’ll why the new one is so different and you’ll get an idea of how widely the…

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To Weigh Or Not To Weigh, That Is The Questions

    “Can you weigh that, please?” Suzen asked me. We were making a cake. I had the cup already filled with brown sugar. There were two ways to think about her request: pain in the ass or a wise measure. Since it was my wife asking me, it was a wise measure. And it…

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