The Perfect Cookie?

What does ‘The Perfect Cookie’ look like? Is it sweet & doughy or is it salty & savory? Perhaps a combination of both? Surely there is no definitive answer and taste buds differ from person to person. I think we can all agree that cookies in general are a glorious excuse to get in the…

Homemade Italian Bread

It goes without saying we are living in trying times. During times of uncertainty it is only natural to turn to areas of comfort. For me one of the biggest comforts is cooking or simply being in the kitchen. Today I found myself in the kitchen with family baking fresh homemade Italian bread. Bread (in…

Baked Eggplant with Italian Seasoning

It’s summer and the vegetables are thriving! Well, at least that’s the way it looks like at the local farmers markets! The selection of various vegetables, greens and herbs has been excellent this season. One of the most versatile vegetables is eggplant. There are hundreds of various recipes using eggplant and most are fairly easy…

Torta di farina di cocco – {Coconut Flour Cake}

Recently I was thumbing thru one of my many cookbooks that span the variety of cuisines across Italy. A recipe in Acquacotta from Emiko Davies cookbook caught my eye. The recipe is a simple bunt cake make from chestnut flour, apparently used within the Tuscany region for this recipe. After realizing I could not find…

Vanilla & Cinnamon Milk Tart

When it comes to anything involved with pastry my anxiousness begins to slowly creep up. I am fairly competent at pasta dough – but pastry dough is another story! That said, I am getting better and learning more each time I set out for another baking adventure in the Salt & Starch kitchen. Recently I…

How to make Challah Bread

I am no baker, that’s for sure. However, I have made my fair share of bread in the past and I continue to bake bread occasionally all while trying to understand the magical chemistry that occurs between yeast, water, flour, etc. Challah bread is a beautiful way to start making bread, and it’s fun to…

Verdure Gratinate

Baked vegetables with bread crumbs is one of the easiest side dishes you can prepare. I love this dish because it sets up perfectly for new cooks. It allows for a newbie in the kitchen to practice their knife skills and prepare an incredibly easy and flavorful dish almost every time within minutes. The other…

Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Baking doesn’t have to be difficult. Many times it is. Many times I’ve stared thru the little glass door to the oven, nervously hoping I didn’t overfill the cake pan with batter. Inevitably when the batter pours over the edge of the pan I reconsider why I even attempted baking a cake in the first…