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Cold Weather Cuisine: Rustic Potato Soup

If you have ever lived along the Great Lakes, you know the weather forecasts often call for over a foot of snow and temperatures hovering near zero for weeks at a time. Warm and comforting meals are always on the menu during these cold months, which seem to last from October to April. There was a popular mom-and-pop restaurant where I lived (it is now, sadly, closed) which served a simple lunch of soup and bread on weekdays and it was packed in the winter. Fresh-from-the oven loaves of Italian bread were there for you to slice, and soups ranged… Read more

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Go-Anywhere Granola Bars

When we need a quick snack on the go, we inevitably reach for a granola bar. Convenient and satisfying, these little bars can deliver breakfast during the morning commute, get us through a noon meeting, or tide us over until dinner. There are entire grocery store aisles devoted to bars of all kinds. Picking the right bar can be overwhelming – there’s crunchy, soft, protein-filled, fiber-filled, low-carb, vegan, raw, and probably 20 other different categories to choose from. If you find yourself turning over every box and analyzing the nutritional benefits of bar A versus B and questioning some of… Read more

Toffee Cheesecake | Wolf Gourmet

The Must-Make Cheesecake

December is a whirlwind of special events, parties, and family gatherings. Make a memorable finale at the end of the evening with a special dessert. Your guests will be wowed by this gorgeous (and decadent) toffee-topped cheesecake. Our version is a traditional New York style cheesecake blanketed with a layer of tangy sour cream and crowned with decadent toffee and toasty almonds. A few tips to ensure cheesecake success from our culinary team:   Use blocks of cream cheese, not the kind in a tub Make sure the filling ingredients are at room temperature Don’t overbeat the filling, it can… Read more

Pumpkin Pecan Pie | Wolf Gourmet

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Pie

Combine the best two pies of Thanksgiving into one? Game on. According to an unofficial office survey, the reigning pies of the season are pumpkin and pecan. How do you go about combining these favorites with distinctly different components? It had to have a homemade crust, of course. Tess, the Wolf Gourmet culinary specialist, went to work with all kinds of combinations. For the crust, her secret weapon is, of all things, vodka! You can’t taste it, but it makes the crust more supple and easy to roll. The next challenge was combining the gooey goodness of pecan pie and… Read more

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Grandma’s Apple Cake

She never uses a recipe, just creams the butter and sugar, adds a few scoops of flour and a teaspoon or two of some other ingredients, dollops in sour cream and some chopped apples, stirs it all up in a cracked stoneware bowl and pours it into a baking dish generously greased with butter. Sliced almonds are sprinkled on top. She bakes it at 350. That’s all I have. You probably have one of these bakers in your life. There are no splattered cookbook pages or newspaper clippings from the 1980s in their kitchen. The classic stable of recipes is… Read more

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Satisfy Your Cookie Cravings

Early this year, we had an entire working lunch completely dominated by discussion about the latest season of Making a Murderer, and a few of us non-Netflix people (yes, they exist) sat there nodding politely because we had no idea what anyone was talking about. So this summer we have remedied our lack of Netflix knowledge, much to our coworkers’ delight, and can now confidently speak about any of the recent seasons as well as the classics. We also learned binge-watching an entire season of a show on Netflix requires snacks, and lots of them. After the giant bowl of… Read more

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Enjoy All the Berries with Mixed Berry Crisp

A favorite aunt used to bring a fruit crisp every Sunday for our family dinner. The winter months usually featured a homey, cinnamon-filled apple crisp, but by the time May rolled around, we were eagerly awaiting the change from apple crisp to some kind of berries. Strawberries were usually the first to appear. One-fruit crisps were her standby for years, and at her age she wasn’t making any changes. We pleaded with her to make a strawberry-rhubarb crisp too many times to count, and combining these two was as adventurous as she would get. Fast forward to today. There are… Read more

Cardamom Stewed Apples in Vanilla Port | Wolf Gourmet

Cardamom Stewed Apples in Vanilla Port from Nik Sharma

I’m all about decadence when it comes to desserts – and if there’s a way to make a fancy sweet with a minimum of effort, I’m even more excited. Besides being easy, this stewed and stuffed apple dessert has a lot going for it. For one, the apples are sweet enough so you don’t need to add extra sugar; the apples are infused with cardamom and the wine with a vanilla bean. You could use any of the sweeter apples that are suitable for baking because they’ll hold their texture well when stewed. My personal favorite is Golden Delicious because… Read more

Chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake with Mocha Cream Frosting

Dark and rich, this cake is as chocolaty as a classic devils’ food layer cake but comes together like a simple quick bread. It is a versatile recipe that can be baked and frosted in a 9 by 13 inch pan for game-day parties or casual celebrations. Or, it can be made into a two-layer showstopper like the one above. The whipped cream base yields a soft, light frosting and the hint of espresso complements the chocolate cake.   The Wolf Gourmet countertop oven with convection bakes, broils, roasts, proofs, toasts, and warms – all in a fast, energy efficient… Read more

Dutch Baby Pancake from Hummingbird High

Hi everybody! My name is Michelle, and I’m the blogger behind the baking blog, Hummingbird High. My blog has been a finalist for Saveur Magazine’s Best Baking & Desserts Food Blog Awards, and my recipes have been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, Food52, The Kitchn, and more.           Dutch baby pancakes are a decadent breakfast dish that comes together effortlessly and in almost no time at all. Pancake batter is baked in a cast iron skillet on high heat for 15 minutes to create a giant, puffy pancake similar to a popover. I first discovered… Read more

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