My Backup Plan is Chocolate Cake; And a Recipe for Andy’s Sausage Stuffing

This year for Thanksgiving, Andy suggested telling everyone we had already made plans with other people, then staying home and eating pizza in our sweatpants instead.

I can’t say I entirely disagree with this idea; in fact, nothing sounds more appealing to me right now staying home all day and doing absolutely nothing, not exerting ourselves [...]

What Works

Ever since I started baking bread, I had wanted to learn how to make baguettes—those lovely long loaves with crackly crusts and pillowy middles, perfect foils for soups or cheeses or satisfying as-is: a soft, steaming interior with softened butter, or without.

I had thought that baguettes were something you had to come to like a [...]

Bacon Fat Buttermilk Biscuits

In the back of my refrigerator there is a glass jar.  Originally this jar held a fancy mustard but now it’s filled with bacon fat, layered like strata in a canyon, the bottom of each layer dark with motes of burnt meat. It is, in its own way, a geologic history of our kitchen—at the [...]

Stuffing Bread Recipe

Listen: we all know that the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the leftovers, right?

The day-after turkey sandwich smeared with mayo and cranberry sauce, the green bean casserole mixed with stuffing, the mid-morning snack of sweet potato casserole.

Now, I don’t know about you, but for me the ‘perfect bite’ of Thanksgiving is thus: turkey, stuffing, [...]

The Best Waffles in The World

Look, I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking that whenever someone proclaims that something is the “best” in the “world” it can mean only one of three things: 1) Someone is trying to sell you something; 2) Someone was too lazy to open a thesaurus; or 3) You’re reading Woman’s Day in the checkout lane.

But [...]

Molasses Oat Bread Recipe

I’m not trying to brag here, but this bread?  This bread almost made me famous.

Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re saying.  There’s no such thing as almost famous, except as it exists in the form of a movie, which—let’s be honest—wasn’t all that great.

After all, they don’t call him ‘Almost-Famous Amos’ do they?

You see my [...]

Lazy Sunday French Toast with Banana-Walnut Compote

We use the fancy china on Lazy Sunday.

I’m not going to try to tell you that this is the best French Toast recipe in the world and you should drop everything to go cook it.

I’m not.

Because honestly I don’t think there is a ‘best French toast recipe.’  To me, all French toast is, well, [...]

Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

I am elated/ecstatic/overjoyed to tell you that I have finally—finally!—found the perfect pizza dough recipe, after a year-long quest and several failures (see also: stickiness fail, blob fail, and taste fail).

I am only slightly embarrassed to tell you that it involved a calculator and comparing the ratios of each ingredient in several different recipes.

Hello, I’m [...]

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Hey.

Hey you.

Do you have any Irish in ya?

No?

Do you want some?

Sadly this is the only Irish joke I can remember and I can’t even use it because a) I am not Irish and b) I am not a lecherous man.

But what I can give you, in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day (which I only [...]

Cranberry Orange Marmalade Bagels

There is a store in Asheville called Amazing Savings that I Lovelovelove.

It is, as the name implies, amazing.

And also full of savings.

Most everything they carry is similar to what you’d find in, say, Whole Foods or a health-food store only they sell it at grocery store ‘discontinued item’ prices.

I guess you could say it’s like [...]