Thursday, August 06, 2009

Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Some girls like jewelry or shoes... my indulgence is cookbooks! My collection's relatively small, and will likely be obsolete someday soon, but in the meantime, I can't get enough.

We just returned from a lovely day trip to Ashland, Oregon to meet up with my in-laws who were in town for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We saw The Music Man (obviously one of Shakespeare's most acclaimed works). While wandering around the quaint shops downtown, my dear mother-in-law and I popped into a fun kitchen store. Somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good*, because I walked out of there with my very own shiny new copy of Baked: New Frontiers in Baking by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. To say I'm excited is a huge understatement. Thanks, Maw and Paw!


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Now, the big question, what to make first? I'm trying to decide between the Lemon Lemon Loaf, Peanut Butter Pie with Cookie Crust, or Root Beer Bundt Cake. Does anyone have this book? What's your favorite recipe?

*If anyone caught that reference, you're my new best friend.

And, as long as I'm at it, a few photos from today's field trip:
Ashland Flowers

The Inlaws

If Music Be The Food of Love...

7 comments:

(wife.) said...

Somewhere in my wicked, miserable past, there must have been a moment of truth!

Megan said...

I've been thinking about getting that book -- let me know what you think once you try some of the recipes. I have a rather extensive cookbook collection but can't seem to stop adding to it!

Allie said...

i got the reference! can i be your best friend?!

Melissa said...

Go for the peanut butter pie!!

Eric said...

Sounds like a fun day. Until recently, my cookbook collection consisted primarily of recipes for the grill, but I'm a new fan of baking. I love this blog - looks like there are a lot of good recipes on here; thanks for sharing!

Elana said...

Hi, this is your old best friend and I love that you can successfully reference s of M in real life!

Mary Ann said...

The Root Beer Bundt Cake is such a fun thing to make. It is the only thing I have made from book so far. The frosting was divine.

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