Author Archives: radioabby

About radioabby

I'm a broadcast professional and home cook who loves music, travel and exploring unique, distinctive things, places and ideas. I love to cook, discover new flavors and improvise in the kitchen.

Pamela’s Pancakes

After two months of living in temporary housing while my husband packed up our house in New Hampshire, we have finally made the big move to Pittsburgh. I haven’t cooked more than a couple of fried eggs since November and … Continue reading

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Short & Sweet

August 15th was Julie Child’s 100th birthday and there was quite a bit of media attention paid to her contributions to the world of American cooking. For weeks, I was thrilled to find re-runs of old Julia Child cooking shows … Continue reading

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Rolling in the Sourdough

I am on a quest to learn how to bake properly, specifically, to learn how to make bread. So when my husband told me that there was a beginners sourdough class going on through my local community education program, I … Continue reading

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The Man Behind The Curtain

Truth be told – I am an evangelist for Cooks Illustrated magazine. If you’re not familiar with this culinary publication and it’s companion public TV show America’s Test Kitchen, I strongly suggest you check them out. Whether you’re an experienced … Continue reading

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Spongeworthy?

As I’ve continued my research into baking, I find more and more elaborate, complex and interesting techniques for making bread. Each nuance, each slight variation creates a broad pallet of different textures, flavors and consistencies. Being such a novice and … Continue reading

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Third Time’s the Charm

After my second baking experiment, I felt really encouraged. I’d paid attention to the details, learned a little bit more about the chemical reactions in the baking process and as a result, my white bread loaves were fluffy and buttery, … Continue reading

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Second Chance

My first baking experiment wasn’t exactly a failure, but it certainly didn’t yield the kind of results I was hoping for. At the end of the day, I concluded quite accurately that I just didn’t know enough about baking to … Continue reading

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Making of a Baker

I have a confession to make. I don’t really know how to bake. To be accurate, I can make a wonderful batch of cookies, I’m pretty good with a pie crust and I’ve managed to learn my way around muffins … Continue reading

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Links of Love

One of the benefits of writing a food blog is that people are always making suggestions. Friends and acquaintances frequently share articles with me, send me ideas and tell me about their favorite restaurants and products. This is how I … Continue reading

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Holy Pilgrimage to the BBQ Shrine

The world of barbeque encompasses a huge variety of flavors and techniques. There’s Brazilian barbeque, known as churrascaria, where prime cuts of beef and other delectable morsels are cooked and served on long skewers. There’s Char Siu, the chinese version, … Continue reading

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