BVC Eats: Apple-cranberry muffins

As autumn marches into colder country, we think of baking. Now that I’m on this darned low-carb diet, I think of it all the time. Some days my thoughts yearn toward pies and cookies. Other days, a simple Pop-Tart would be enough to meet my craving. Not that I surrender to craving. But if I did, it would be to these moist, fruity, cinnamon-packed muffins with their sparky bites of cranberry surprise.

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BVC Eats: Chicken in saffron cream sauce

Readers of my food blogs are used to extremely high-fat recipes. This one does call for half a stick of butter, but you can reduce that if you decide to wuss out on the fat. The heavy cream is non-negotiable because of how the saffron suffuses it with all its subtle flavor notes. This is “white food,” i.e., comfort food with cream and butter and a hint of sweet

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BVC Eats: Welsh cakes a la Venusienne

This recipe was given to me by my landlords in New Haven. They were strange folk. Mark was a pagan, once the Pursuivant of Arms for the New London Barony of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and Becca was into EST and the Hunger Project. My husband and I called them the Venusians. We pretended that their pickup truck, which was red and named Fafnir, was really a spaceship, and that when they disappeared for the weekend it was because they were Phoning Home. They were by far the coolest landlords we ever had, and they were also into good food.

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