In House Resolve
During my interment, I’ve develop my 3-2-1 physical and mental survival routine. Each day I do at least 3 things I would ordinarily do (make my bed, put on makeup, do laundry, blog). Then I try to do 2 things I’m not that keen about doing (i.e., exercise, vacuum, grocery shopping online). And then I try to do one thing I’ve not done in awhile, like rearranging my sock drawer, bookshelves, file cabinet, or spice rack. I don’t do all this perfectly, but it’s something for which to strive.
This week I was clearing out some recipe files. (This would come under category 2 and 3—not keen on doing it and haven’t for a while.) We all have a collection of recipes, we’ve clipped or scribbled onto the back of envelopes over the years because . . . well because, they looked so good at the time. If I cooked one of those recipes in my collection each day for the next 5 years, I wouldn’t get through them all.
In the Kitchen with Dorie
While thumbing and tossing files, I came upon a recipe on which I’d scribbled “Really Easy!” and “Dorie Greenspan.” If that name rings a bell, you may recognize her as the dessert columnist for the NYT Magazine. She’s written 13 cookbooks and won five James Beard Awards. At Everyday Dorie, she blogs regularly about her kitchen escapades at her homes in Paris, Manhattan, and Westbrook CT.
Dorie describes this cake as baking “perfectly every time and tasting soooo good!”
Almost as Easy As a Cake Mix
In this recipe, Dorie raves about the speedy, moist cake, that includes two ingredients, that most European households keep on hand—olive oil and yogurt. She notes that in Paris, people seldom make their own desserts. Why should they? Bakeries are prolific, superb, and reasonable.
But when a French cook does open the oven door, it’s often to bake this simple cake, that can be served so many ways: with tea or coffee, ice cream, fruit, crème fraiche, or a glaze. Dorie admits to having eaten it for breakfast.
When you’re needing a quickie dessert, that uses pantry Ingredients, this Olive Oil and Yogurt Crake is a winner!