Leek + Feta Quiche

Growing up, quiche featured weekly at the Haapaniemi household. It was mom's go-to for last-minute meals, as it could be as simple as frozen pastry, eggs, and milk, but could also serve as a base to bring together any hodgepodge of  leftovers - chicken and cheddar, rice and corn, ham and pea. No matter the combination, it was always delicious and satisfying meal.

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Whole Wheat Pear + Walnut Cake

More late harvest baking. I can't seem to stop. Apples and pears are just too good, and we've discovered a farmer who supplies the best of them in a range of varieties at our local market. The closer we get to the end of their season, the more absurd my Sunday haul gets - I want to take full advantage before they disappear! 

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Slow-Braised Leg of Lamb

I haven't used strict measurements here, not only because Jamie doesn't bother with them, but more importantly because you don't need them. Slow braising any meat like this is not an exact science - it's just about using good ingredients and giving things enough time so that deep, rich flavor can build and develop - this is slow braising at its finest.

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A Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I am not much of a baker. I prefer the capriciousness that cooking allows, the liberty to add things here and there as you feel. Yet there are some days (usually cold ones when I don't want to leave the house) when I want to do nothing but bake. Sometimes I bake a few little, simple things, and sometimes I take on a serious project. That's what happened with this recipe; a lazy Sunday morning with no plans in the diary, a chill in the air, and a friend's birthday the next day were the perfect conditions for me to attack a cake. 

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