Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

Adventures in Baking

Goooooood Monday morning to you!

As promised, I have a gazillion recipes to share.

Working a Monday-Friday leaves me with all this spare time on weekends to try out the recipes I’ve been collecting in my bookmarks bar. I LOVE spending an afternoon puttering around the kitchen. Especially because I now spend my days sitting on my butt at work, I like being on my feet on weekends.

Even if being on my feet includes baking. Which may or may not help the whole “sitting on my butt” thing throughout the week.

No matter!


First stop on the recipe tour are these Rosemary Rice Krispie Treats from The Cilantropist.

It’s no secret that I have a deep love for rosemary. I bookmarked this recipe as soon as I spotted it, then inadvertently found myself with all the ingredients on hand over the weekend!


The rosemary and marshmallow are actually a fabulous pairing. My little sister said it reminded her of tea. I didn’t add the lavender extract, but I definitely will if I make these again. My only complaint is that my batch turned crunchy because I packed the mixture into the pan too hard. Don’t do that. A little extra marshmallow wouldn’t have hurt either.

While we’re on the topic of squares…


I also made Anna Olsen’s Date Squares not that long ago. I had really high hopes for these as I consider Anna Olsen a dessert-making pro!


But I found the “crust” to be too crumbly. There were oats falling everywhere. I wouldn’t make the again. I would however like to point out that date squares are dead simple to make. SO quick and easy. If anyone has a stellar date recipe, please share with the class!

Next up is something I knew I’d be disappointed with, but had to try anyway.


Mediterranean Olive Bread from Food 52, but really an adaptation of the olive bread in the Joy of Cooking.

You see, I’ve been dreaming of this olive bread I had at my aunt’s house in Toronto a while back. My mom and I still talk about it all the time.

You can buy it in these parts, but I’ve been so desperate to recreate it! Light, airy, greasy, and packed with olives.

I knew this quick bread wouldn’t come close, but it did turn out pretty good all things considered.


We’ll call this attempt #1 at creating the best olive bread in the world. More attempts to follow.

Last, but certainly not least, something for the boys!


And by boys, I mean these boys:


I used this recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats. I have a whack of pumpkin puree taking up room in the freezer. So I figured I’d give it to the dogs.


I need to buy bone-shaped cookie cutters. Buddy was by my side the whole time I was making these. I think he knew I was working on a treat meant for him. The doggies gobbled them up!

So that’s what’s been going on in my kitchen lately, but what about you? What are some of the best recipes you’ve tried lately?