guava bars | identity no. 1

Identity: the condition of being oneself or itself, and not another.

Sometimes it can be really hard to “identify” yourself. We are often asked to confine ourselves to a single option.

“Hispanic or Latino.” “White (not Hispanic or Latino).”

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sourdough, take 1

When/if you decide to step into the world of crusty loaf making and you’re serious enough to maintain your own starter, you’ll soon discover that there are a million ways to go, and the recipes often contradict each other. Where does that leave you, the aspiring bread baker? Well it leaves you to do a TON of reading and research, and also to practice on your own.

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cinco de mayo cookies

Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment and use the cookie cutters directly on the parchment, peeling away the extra scraps. Then you can just slide the parchment right onto the cookie sheet ready to go, and you never have to mess with trying to transfer the cookie dough to the cookie sheet!

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funfetti cake + homemade sprinkles

How could you not want homemade almondy, white cake with floating fireworks of color in each slice?? Needless to say this cake will become a regular in our family’s repertoire—especially since my mom said, “this is the best cake I’ve ever had”…..WOW

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rising in the yeast

If you’re one of my regular followers of Efthimiou’s Kitchen, you’re in the right place! A lot has been going on in our lives (when is it not?), and one of those things is the rebranding of my blog! I’ve been thinking about it and working on it for months. If you are thinking about starting a food blog, email me—I have lists of names for you.

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chocolate chip pound cake

Pound cake is a whole different animal than regular birthday cake. For starters, it has a pound of butter in it–oh yeah, that’s why it’s called pound cake. (I didn’t know that for a long time!)

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rum raisin and apple hand pies

For those of you who have been wondering why you saw so many pictures of pie earlier this week on your social media accounts: March 14 represents the first few numbers of numerical Pi—3.14. So a national holiday is born, a day devoted (in the food world) especially for Pie!

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must read: molly on the range

Molly on the Range is a great book for the home cook (or any cook) looking to push new boundaries in accessible ways. Or, this book is also just a great read and source of entertainment as if it were a novel. [I read most of this book out loud to my husband on a car trip…he kept asking me to read more!]

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roasted red pepper and tomato sauce + pizza dough + pizza española

When I was young, I remember watching food network daytime shows (not at my house because we didn’t have cable) and writing down recipes as fast as I could during the episodes. There was no DVR or any way to rewind at the time, so if I missed an ingredient, well, I just guessed.

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