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Holiday Baking, Part I

kitchen jumble

While New England laid its arms open to the second heavy snowfall in so many days, I was warm and cozy in my kitchen preparing for a restorative day of baking. I love to bake. Some people take up long distance running or meditation as way to unplug from the world. Me? I head for my Kitchen Aid mixer and measuring cup.

I decided this was the holiday season I was going to reach out to my neighbors, most of whom I know only on a need-to-wave basis. This is the city, after all, and even though it’s a small city, people are still guarded. So on Sunday I whipped up some mini loaves of Pumpkin Bread.

pumpkin loaves

The Joy of Cooking is one of my most reliable resources. I love the story behind the book: it was originally self-published in 1931 – already I feel a kinship with the author! Irma Rombauer’s daughter Marion did the original illustrations and later joined her mother as co-author; now Marion’s son Ethan has joined the ranks of co-author, as well. What wows me is the evolution from 396-page self-published book, sold and distributed on foot by Irma in her neighborhood, to its current 6th edition: 1,152-pages, published by none other than Simon & Schuster.

white bean soup

Sunday dinner: a variation on the Joy of Cooking‘s Mediterranean White Bean Soup. Easy, quick, healthy.

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  • kaylee2 December 19, 2007, 11:56 pm

    OH I LOVE BAKING!!!!!!!! but cant do it as often now that I am sick 🙁

  • teeni December 19, 2007, 11:41 pm

    Hi Lisa! Glad I stopped by and now I know your name. LOL. That soup looks incredible, and like you, I love my KitchenAid mixer. As a matter of fact, I need to do a post about mine soon. I read your about page and see you have a lot of varied interests like I do. I just wish I could be great at ALL of them. LOL. Oh well, blogging is fun and it’s nice to meet you! In case you hadn’t noticed, I do tend to chatter quite a bit! I call it “spewing in your comments area.” I try to catch myself though. 😉

  • Grace December 19, 2007, 2:52 am

    I have the Joy of Cooking, too. I think it must have every recipe known to man. And it’s great for basic things like when you can’t remember how long to boil an egg. I’m going to have to try that soup. I love white beans.

  • Melanie December 19, 2007, 12:24 am

    Wow! I wish I was your neighbor!

  • Loretta December 18, 2007, 10:43 pm

    The spine on my Joy of Cooking fell off last year and I need to duct tape it on. My daughter offered to buy me a new one, but I can’t bear to part with the grease stains and notes from 27 years of marriage in this volume!

  • mlegan December 18, 2007, 9:14 am

    I love her idea for the title originally “Stand Facing the Stove”