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Dorothy Dean presents coming up shortbread: Cookies are rich and buttery and really hold their shape

Alexa, play Christmas music. Besides five simple ingredients, that’s all that’s needed to set the mood for the most delicious time of the year. Christmas has me merrily baking and …


The best butterscotch, mint and peanut butter baking chips for when you need a chocolate alternative

We held an informal taste test to vet some of the options out there, especially now that holiday baking season is on our heels. Below find our thoughts and a …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

The sweetest competitor: Ricky Webster is in it to win it again, this time on ‘Christmas Cookie Matchup’

Spokane chef Ricky Webster loves cooking competitions. During the holidays last year, Webster was a contestant on two of the Food Network’s one-off, holiday-centric specials, “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” and “Christmas …


An unabashedly chocolatey pumpkin bread is your next baking project

Fall is my favorite season, and the moment temperatures begin to drop, I find myself craving the pumpkin flavor and aroma that define autumn. It seems pumpkin is everywhere you …


Mama Bear Moxie: At-home camp with my son is truly sweet

My middle child is really into baking, and I found myself looking for a cooking or baking camp that he could attend that same week. While there were camps in …


Then and Now: Jacobsen’s Bakery

Olaf A. Jacobsen was born in Norway in 1860 and arrived in Spokane in 1888. He started a bakery on the corner of College Avenue and North Ash Street in …


Happy Holiday Baking: ‘Christmas Cookie’ champion Ricky Webster shares winning recipes

Expert baker Ricky Webster shares his recipes for Ricky’s Gingerbread, Pecan Roll Outs and Royal Icing.


Spokane Valley man wins $10,000 on Netflix’s ‘Nailed It!’ bake-off show

Chris Elam grew up with and was inspired by his grandma’s pies, cakes and cookies.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

Then and Now: Silver Loaf Baking Co.

Spokane was always a wheat town, anchored by its flouring mills, which supplied several large bakeries. One of the larger bakers was Silver Loaf Baking Company, which had a production …


Broiled frosting takes the cake

“The frosting will not melt under the hot sun. It is perfect for picnics, camping trips or any outdoor gathering.”


UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017

Dorothy Dean presents: Bacon-potato roses

These little beauties are great for breakfast or as a side dish or appetizer. Plus, they’re kid-friendly.


Red, white and blueberry: Celebrate the Fourth with baked goods

Pie, muffins and cookies with a patriotic kick.


Orange zest boosts the flavor of these ginger-spice cookies

Think gingersnaps on steroids – not because of their size, but because of their big flavor.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

These Easter sides just might steal the show

With a little planning and creativity, side dishes and desserts can be the most memorable items on your menu.


Leftover mashed potatoes? Try these puffs

Jean Repp, 99, of Spokane Valley, made these rolls for decades, sharing the beloved recipe with family.


Best Ever Chocolate Cake – it’s vegan

Coconut oil and less sugar makes it even better


One base, three ways to say ‘I love you’

You can’t go wrong with homemade cookies for Valentine’s Day.


Moist, rich chocolate cake is also vegan and gluten free

Coconut flour, tofu, soy milk and ground flax seeds are the secret ingredients in this decadent dessert.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017

Bellacrosta Bakery and Fine Foods in Liberty Lake is closing

The artisan bakeshop, an offshoot of Clover, opened at the end of August.


Quintessentially quince: Knobby fruit needs a lot of love, but pays off

Quince are often overlooked, but it’s difficult to see why. Their cheerful yellow skin is eye-catching and inviting, and their exotic, floral fragrance is quite strong and intoxicating.


‘Nutcracker’ sweets: Visions of these treats will dance in your heads long after the show’s over

The enchanting Land of the Sweets needn’t be just a dream within a dance. Home cooks can carry the whimsy of “The Nutcracker” off of the stage and into their …


Balls of delight

Mother’s date balls were a treat every Christmas.


Put sourdough starter to use in these scones

They won’t be dry and crumbly. They won’t even be all that sour.


Daily bread: Great Harvest reopens on South Hill

Originally from the Tri-Cities, Trevor and Tori Plaisted had been living in Texas, where he worked as a chemical engineer and she stayed at home with their four children, ages …


South Hill Great Harvest has new owners

The husband-and-wife team of Trevor and Tori Plaisted, both 39, bought the business in September. It had closed at the end of July. They are the third owners of the …


Matcha made in heaven

It’s easy being green with powdered matcha tea


Buttermilk cake: Fake it so you can make it

Buttermilk is the secret ingredient in this super-rich, extra-moist chocolate cake. If you don’t have any on hand, make your own substitution.


Doesn’t matter what you call them as long as they’re nutty

These rich and crumbly little rounds go by all sorts of names: Mexican wedding cakes, Russian tea cookies or cakes, Swedish tea cookies, butterballs, snowballs or – in our family …


Beautiful crust: Bellacrosta on an expansion mission

Three months after opening, Bellacrosta hosts an open house – and has a waiting list.


Cookbook review: Learning to cook with cast iron skillets

What can’t a cast-iron skillet do? This American classic is a versatile workhorse, the one pan that does it all. From cinnamon buns to roast chicken, this new cookbook shows …