Surprise! I know it’s Sunday and I don’t usually post on this day, but it’s a special day here in my little corner of the blogging world.
Another year has flown by and shazam! My blog is now two years old! TWO! I wonder if the “terrible two’s” also applies to blogging? Gee, I hope not.
Last year, on the first anniversary of The Merchant Baker, I shared updated photos of a beloved Spiced Applesauce Cake. When I first started this blog, I shared some of my very favorite recipes first. Unfortunately, those recipes were paired with my initiation to food styling and photography. So, let’s just say that… Continue reading →
Waffle Frittatas are my latest experiment in the “Can you waffle it?” category.
It’s not like I’m obsessed with waffling things, although I admit I have been intrigued by some of the things I’ve seen people waffle. (Warning: I shall be using “waffle” as both a noun and a verb throughout the post :) The truth is, I love waffles, the traditional ones, that is. My favorite waffle is malted and golden and crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside.
I can’t remember what inspired me to waffle a frittata. I didn’t even google it. I’m sure I’m not the first. At this point, I think just… Continue reading →
I’m hoping this Lemon Ricotta Crumb Cake sticks out from the myriad of back to school snacks, pumpkin and apple treats that are so popular this time of year.
Is there a season for lemons? I get the taste for citrus in the winter months…hmmm…and I guess in the spring and definitely in the summer too. Probably not in the fall so much? Nah…Who am I kidding? I’d never turn down a lemon treat (especially a good lemon square :) I suppose I’m always in the mood for lemons.
This Grilled Corn Salad has been a life saver for dealing with the deluge of veggies coming from my CSA and my garden this season.
Seriously, I’ve got tomatoes and corn and peppers and onions and herbs coming out of my ears! No pun intended ;) One thing I know is…if it’s not ready to eat then it’s probably not going to get eaten.
My dad knew this. Whenever we had fruit in the house, it was always washed and in a fruit bowl, ready to eat. If he bought melons or pineapples, they were always peeled, cut up and ready to consume. And it worked. If you were in… Continue reading →
When my husband picked up our CSA box a couple of weeks ago, and it had okra in it, the first thing he said was, “So, we’ve got okra this week. Does that mean gumbo is on the menu?” Um, no honey. No gumbo.
It’s been blazin’ hot around here and the last thing I felt like making was gumbo. First, I’ve never made gumbo. I like it, but if I were going to make it on demand, then I’d have to do a whole bunch of recipe research and figure out where to start and what extra ingredients I might need, like filé powder.… Continue reading →
The weather has been downright glorious the past couple of days. Summer camps are over, but my kids don’t go back to school for a little while yet, so I’m hanging onto the season with a white knuckled grip; I’ll deal with September in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, let’s get ready for Labor Day weekend with a flashback to some favorites from the archives.
Fresh Lemonade-There’s nothing like lemonade made from fresh lemons. This recipe touts an easy to make lemon simple syrup. Just add water and ice and you’ve got yourself some thirst quenching lemonade! Fresh Peach Iced Tea-This recipe is made with an… Continue reading →
Welcome to my new summer chocolate obsession…Fudgy Zucchini Brownies!
To be honest, I haven’t had much of an appetite for sweets this summer. It’s just been too hot (and we’ve already talked about being under the weather for most of the season.) But, there was just something about these brownies that got to me.
I didn’t actually think you could make Fudgy Zucchini Brownies. Most of the zucchini flecked brownies I’ve seen are actually more like cake, masquerading as brownies. When I saw this recipe on King Arthur Flour, and then I saw that you don’t even have to grate the zucchini…I was sold. (Do you hate grating things?… Continue reading →
I’m still riding the no bake bandwagon with these Chocolate Covered Blueberry Clusters.
It’s been a crazy summer here. We rarely get sick in this house but apparently our number came up in June and we’ve spent the better part of the summer in a constant rotation of maladies. My husband has gone scot-free (let’s all knock wood!) but the rest of us? Ugh! Emergency rooms, hospital stays, endless trips to the doctor, tests and more tests.
What has that meant for the summer? Well, one of my kids didn’t get to enjoy the last week of school, we had summer camps canceled, vacations delayed and all other activities planned… Continue reading →
These Grilled Zucchini Caprese Stacks are a testament to my garden and my weekly CSA box.
I’ve talked about the fact that this is my first summer with a CSA. It’s both wonderful and a little stressful. I hate wasting food, so as soon as I pick up the box, I feel like the clock is ticking. Before I know it, a week has passed and it’s time for another box.
A couple of weeks ago my CSA box had these globe zucchini in it. Seriously, how cute are they? I’ve never seen globe zucchini before, although we are growing some cute round spaghetti squash in our garden this year.… Continue reading →
Today I’m giving you an infinitely flexible recipe for Georgia Peach Cobbler.
Recently the Georgia Peach Truck came to town and I dutifully lined up to buy some peaches. I had read about these peach trucks and was excited to take advantage of the fact that one was going to be in my neck of the woods. (This was one of those rare times when I stepped away from buying organic stone fruits and let these sweet peaches from Georgia take precedence.)
I actually have a friend who has peach trees in his backyard, and I have begged him to make the long ride to my house (with… Continue reading →