Baked Blueberry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal from The 8X8 Cookbook

  It’s officially fall.   This means that, for the next 6 months, it’s also officially Casserole Season: holiday potlucks, visitors, and hearty meals for cold weather and over-scheduled families. Fortunately, my talented and very smart friend Kathy has come up with the answer to all of your What-casserole-am-I-going-to-make-next? dilemmas: The 8X8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More — In One Perfect 8X8

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries, Dates and Walnuts

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Cranberries and Raisins

When you are a super-organized type-A personality (like yours truly), you have a tough time dealing with unexpected events that completely throw your meticulously scheduled day out of whack. Take yesterday, for example. This recipe–this perfectly moist spiced loaf of pumpkin bread, loaded with tart cranberries, sweet dates and crunchy walnuts–was all ready to be photographed and posted by yesterday morning.  Inspired by the somewhat

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

Toasted Coconut Scones with Mango Curd

When I owned a bakery, the staff and I tried our best to remember the names of our regular customers, not only because it was good customer service to greet someone by name but because it facilitated back of the house communication when discussing a particular order. Sometimes, however, it was hard to figure out what a customer’s name was.  They either always paid with

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

Fresh Peach Crumb Cake with Vanilla Glaze

The person who invented crumb cake?  Kind of a genius. He or she figured out a way to make it acceptable to eat cake for breakfast AND, should it please you, enjoy a second piece of that same cake with afternoon coffee.  Only in that case, would the cake be considered coffee cake instead of crumb cake?  Is there really a difference between the two?  Hang on

Spiced Apple Pull Apart Bread

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We all learn something new everyday. You could discover that the walk to your mailbox is exactly 26 paces or that Oxy Clean will remove the worst red wine stain from your favorite white pants (long story). No, it’s not always something mind-bogglingly enlightening, but that doesn’t mean that your fun fact won’t ever come in handy. Tuck that little nugget away for now.  You