with Greg Patent, Award Winning Cookbook Author

Fruit

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

A soufflé is pure drama.  And it’s one of the proudest achievements of any baker.  The oohs and ahs you’ll get alone will make your spirits soar.  Not to mention the joy of eating your creation. So please believe me when I tell you that […]

Fall Strawberries

Fall Strawberries

I used to think of strawberries as only a spring fruit, but in many parts of the country, including Missoula, Montana, where I live, they’re a fall crop as well.  And right now we expect to be in strawberry heaven through September.  Yippeee!

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, French Sweet Cherry Dessert

Clafoutis, sometimes spelled clafouti, and pronounced cla-foo-tee, is a French dessert of sweet cherries baked in a custardy batter.  It is served warm dusted with powdered sugar and is very easy to make.  You don’t even have to pit the cherries!  At least that’s what […]

Peach Galette

Peach Galette

 When peach season arrives in Montana, which is now, I rush into the kitchen to bake a galette.  And what is a galette?  It’s a sheet of thin, buttery pastry topped with fresh fruit.  The edges of the dough—which may be ragged—are simply folded up […]

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

What’s in a name?  How unfortunate that lemon curd is saddled with its. Curd suggests a texture of cottage cheese, doesn’t it? But lemon curd, made from lemons, sugar, butter, and sugar, is silky smooth and creamy and completely non-curdy.  It’s an ideal mate for […]

Sour Cherry Streusel Tart

Sour Cherry Streusel Tart

Fresh sour pie cherries are as precious as rubies. Bright and shiny like the gems they resemble, the sour Montmorency cherries have a short season (only 2 to 3 weeks in July) in western Montana, so I always pick some off a neighbor’s tree to […]

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

I usually make strawberry shortcake once a year when I find first-of-the-season berries in late June at our Missoula farmers’ markets.  I split the just-baked rich buttery rounds of shortcake, fill them with lightly sugared berries and whipped heavy cream, top the cakes with more […]

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins

Gluten-free Blueberry Muffins

One of the many things I’ve discovered in my brief exploration of gluten-free baking is the amazing latitude I have in the flour and starch mixtures I use. There are so many gluten-free flours available, where does one begin? I began with a ready-made all-purpose […]

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Shortbread Bars

Passion Fruit (Lilikoi) Shortbread Bars

The first time anyone tastes something new, the moment can become etched in memory. This is true, of course, if it’s a “Wow, I want more of that” event or possibly quite the opposite. My Wow Moment happened in Hawaii when I bit into a […]

Cranberry Muffins from Nantucket

Cranberry Muffins from Nantucket

Almost 30 years ago (oh my goodness, I’m dating myself!) I was given a version of this terrific muffin recipe by Sherry Strange, a cook who attended one of my Cuisinart food processor classes.  She told me the muffins were a specialty of the Jared […]