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Soup to warm your cold, cold bones

 I had a special request for this recipe, since the weather has been so cold in so many places.  This is from The Lost Recipe for Happiness, and it is Elena’s favorite soup: Abuela Maria Elena’s Posole 2 cups dried posole (dried whole hominy) 2 – 3 lb boneless pork shoulder 1/2 cup mild fresh […]

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January 13, 2010

Pain Grenoblois, or how I spent the afternoon

Raisin Nut Bread, made from a pate Viennoise starter, a little rye flour, and the liquide levain I’ve been working and working with. I also soaked the raisins in orange juice and a little bit of vanilla.  Isn’t it beautiful? I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast tomorrow!

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January 4, 2010

Pancake kisses, bacon hugs

THE SECRET OF EVERYTHING is out today! To celebrate, a love song to breakfast. PANCAKE KISSES, BACON HUGS Why breakfast is the secret of everything I suppose I should confess upfront that I am a morning person. I wake up cheery, chatty and at the very first fingers of sunlight creeping over the horizon. I […]

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December 29, 2009

The heady alchemy of baking bread

It’s a cold winter afternoon, the kind when winter blisters past the windows, turning everything blue. Inside, I am kneading bread. Not in a bread machine but with my own palms and wrists. The dough is whole wheat, heavy and thick, and it takes muscle to punch it down, to knead and fold and press, then turn it, fold it, press it again. Over and over. For such a glutinous dough, it will take ten minutes to break it down, then a couple of hours to rise and lighten, another round of kneading before I nestle it into glass bread pans to rise one more time.

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May 21, 2009

How to roast chiles

Readers of The Lost Recipe for Happiness who live outside the southwestern US might not know how to roast chiles. A simple recipe to roast a small batch, along with a link to a good recipe for green chile stew.

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March 12, 2009