Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin by Robert Deutsch

Don’t Waste Bananas! Perfect Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

My kids seems to eat more bananas than nearly-cramping athletes during two weeks at the French Open (see this article about tennis players and bananas). It's hard even keeping them in stock. But once in a while, there comes a week at my house where the number of bananas purchased and the number consumed are terribly mismatched. … Continue reading Don’t Waste Bananas! Perfect Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

Kings of Pastry (MOF)

When I first saw the preview for a movie titled the "Kings of Pastry"  at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA, I my jaw dropped.  I knew instantly that it would be a great movie, but I had no idea how affecting it would be. (You can check out the video here)  One review called it "the … Continue reading Kings of Pastry (MOF)

Caramels, Soft or Chewy?

A lot of people make plans for the holiday like going to the beach.  I always like to take the time to try out something new in the kitchen.  Over the past few days I have made a challah (recipe coming soon) banana chocolate chip muffins (ditto) and caramels. I took the caramel recipe from … Continue reading Caramels, Soft or Chewy?

No Risk Hummus!

I have sworn off ever buying mass-produced hummus again, and this was BEFORE THE LISTERIA RECALL from Trader Joe's and Target (you can read about that here, if you want). Why? Because when I do try them, they almost all have the same problem: no taste, or a taste so very weak it's not worth eating.     … Continue reading No Risk Hummus!

Need a Recipe for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Here’s One!

PULL UP A CHAIR, this will take a while. Chocolate chip cookies to me are like coffee.  They are so simple that they've been made for hundreds of years, and yet, like coffee, the methods to make, the final product, and their essence and qualities are the subject of endless debate.   Do you like your … Continue reading Need a Recipe for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Here’s One!