Category Archives: Maria’s Blog

Baking Bones for Bowser!

My disappointment with corporate stores during the holidays – Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, pick one – is that they seem to be entirely focused on selling their souls out, rather than on giving something BACK to their customers at this special … Continue reading

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Crispy on the Outside, Moist and Chewy on the Inside, Enrobed in Silk

It’s a riddle worth solving and sampling. Expecting guests this weekend, I decided to continue testing my cake recipes for The Lobanovsky Family Table. Here’s the cake, complete with memories:”I treasure the three recipes I have for ‘Mrs. Amo’s’ wonderful … Continue reading

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The Great Lent, Almost

While Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday herald the coming of Easter Sunday for much of the Christian world on March 27th, the Eastern Orthodox celebration of the same event will be quite late this year, May 1st to be exact. … Continue reading

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“Oh, Fudge!”

Having missed sending out her holiday greetings on time, the incredible setter, Lady Tessie of Castle Gordon, offers her apologies and secret fudge recipe, apropos her faux pas. Please find it in your hearts to forgive her and wish for … Continue reading

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Nuts to You!

It’s almost time to harvest walnuts in Sonoma. Some trees are already releasing their taupy-brown treasures from the green cocoons that enfolded them gently through spring and summer. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the “baking holidays” are just around the corner. … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Never- thank God the Kulichi Came Out!

I wouldn’t have thought that this saying would apply to Russian Easter bread, but it does. Try as I would to avoid the whole production, memories of kulich sandwiches filled with paskha, the traditional Easter cheese dessert, would not leave … Continue reading

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“My Heart Belongs to Albert” – admits Lady Tessie

It’s not often that a certain someone steals your heart forever, but that’s exactly what happened to Tessie, my adopted Gordon Setter. In June of 2013 Tessie was still recovering from countless procedures and me, from the resulting vet bills. … Continue reading

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Make It or Fake It

In a time crunch? If you need a great dessert to finish out celebrating the holidays, go to Scandia Bakery (Looks like the the rest of the world did, judging by the table piled high with fulfilled orders at Sonoma’s … Continue reading

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It’s a Dog’s Life

Some just get lucky. Others assume it is their God-given right.

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Crisp, White and Beloved the World Over

No this is not another Armenian riddle. These little fried strips of dough that are dusted with powdered sugar apparently make frequent celebratory appearances under different names on Norwegian, Russian, Italian, and Austrian dessert tables. I recently embarked on a … Continue reading

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