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A Truly Excellent Cake


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A Truly Excellent Cake

It seems a strange time to talk about something so simple as cake, does it not? The world has not gotten less complex since last I visited this space. The pandemic is still here and spreading; the vulnerable are just as vulnerable as ever, and those working in hospitals and essential service jobs and now […]

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Coping List & Cornmeal Pound Cake


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Coping List & Cornmeal Pound Cake

Hello, friends. How are you holding up out there? These are strange times—as we are all well aware. Many people have said wise and thoughtful things about this moment, and many more have said loud and frightening things, and I don’t know that I need to add to the clamor. If you’re like me, perhaps […]

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Return of the Fruitcake


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Return of the Fruitcake

Christmas is just around the corner, and I am here with fruitcake. I know my timing is bad—if by chance you have the time to spare in the next two days to make a fruitcake, it will have very little time to sit around and develop in flavor before the big day. You’ve (hopefully) planned […]

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Wonderfully Circuitous | Nantucket Cranberry Pie


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Wonderfully Circuitous | Nantucket Cranberry Pie

Eight years ago, I made Nantucket Cranberry Pie for the first time. I wrote about it on my old blog, which I kept for three years, beginning right after college and leading up until when I started this one. It’s a wonderful record of who I was then, in the same way that reading this […]

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Who You Are In That Place | Fresh Ginger Cake


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Who You Are In That Place | Fresh Ginger Cake

I don’t know about you, but I’m in need of some coziness. It’s not only because the regular afternoon temperatures in Chicago have reached the approximate deep-winter lows for Oakland, though that’s part of it. There’s also the fact that California is burning, and my heart aches for my old home—disoriented, not relieved, to not […]

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