classic peanut butter cookies on a plate

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

When I was a kid and someone offered you a peanut butter cookie you pretty much knew what to expect. Not that everyone made the same exact cookie, but they were close. Most likely from a recipe on the back of the peanut butter jar.

Even the grocery store cookies tasted like the ones from home, but for a modest fee they made them in-store for you and packaged them for your purchasing (and toting) convenience.

I wanted to recapture some of that but with modern adjustments. So I started with James Beard.

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Slice of banana bread on a plate with a loaf and some butter in the background.

Banana Bread, Revisited

As you may remember, I wrote about my previous banana bread making adventure roughly a year ago. Needless to say, that adventure hasn’t ended (and possibly never will).

Over the last year, I’ve read literally hundreds of banana bread recipes and – you probably know this already but I wasn’t specifically aware – there are entire books published with nothing but dozens and dozens of banana bread recipes!

And I’ve learned some things.

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Classic shortbread is as easy to make as 1-2-3. How can something this delicious, easy to make, and affordable be so good? Visit to learn more.

Classic Shortbread

A while back, I wrote about making lemon curd and a couple of people asked, “That’s nice, but what about the shortbread?”

If you’re looking for a quick cookie fix, something to go with fresh fruit perhaps, or you’re caught off guard again by the kid’s bake sale who forgot to tell you is due tomorrow morning, well, this might be your cookie.

As easy as 1-2-3.

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Pasteis de Nata

Pastéis de Nata, an open thank you letter to Phil Rosenthal

Confluence. When it all flows together.

You see, this humble food blog is about to become a one-year-old. I didn’t “go live” until March 2nd of last year, but there was a gestation period. I started writing it because people kept telling me, after I’d served them something from my kitchen, you should write these recipes down somewhere. And after a period of back-and-forth pish-toshing, I decided I’d do just that. And I suppose having helped build this internet thingy over the last twenty years or so influenced me to do it online and in public. I don’t know what I was thinking.

But there you go.

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Cream Biscuit Donuts are a guilty pleasure, no doubt, but so is any donut, right?. (The kids will think you're a wizard!) Visit to learn more.

Cream Biscuit Donuts

Warning: This is a New Year’s resolution buster recipe so if you’re on that path then turn back now. If you’re not, all things in moderation and full speed ahead!

When I was younger, we would make improvised donuts from the Pillsbury biscuit tube. I know I’m not alone on this. But… what if you made your own biscuits? Rich and cream-based, not buttermilk. Would it still be special? (Spoiler alert: YES!!)

No, they’re not real doughnuts (notice the more formal spelling and, if you could hear me say it aloud, the semi-reverential whisper). But on a sleepy weekend morning when the kids are hoping for something more than the everyday steel-cut oatmeal and berries? These rock.

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