May 2015 (Kristi hosted) – Brownies
Best brownies were a tie…between the same recipe. Annie made Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies . And since Heidi wasn't able to join, Kristi made her go-to recipe -- Smitten Kitchen’s Best Cocoa Brownies -- which are “adapted from” (but basically the same as) Alice Medrich’s recipe. And we all agreed Ghiradelli boxed brownies tasted like they had no flavor after sampling so many good homemade recipes, especially the cocoa brownies, which were so easy.
July 2015 (Katie hosted) – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Trena’s butter-based Tollhouse with an overnight refrigerator aging of the dough was the clear winner.
September 2015 (Trena hosted) – No Bake Desserts
January 2016 (Heidi hosted – Apples)
Kristi brought an apple crisp from King Arthur -- doubled the topping for good measure.
April 2016 (Kristi hosted) – Biscuits and accompaniments
Best biscuits were Kristi’s from Mark Bittman, which are equally good with yogurt or buttermilk, and all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour. And everyone loved Heidi’s Lime Curd from Ina Garten.
We also did a butter tasting. Land-O-Lakes was the clear winner, with Kirkland from Costco a close second. Kristi was very disappointed that Aldi's brand was the worst (very funky after taste), and everyone was surprised that Plugra & Kerry Gold were solidly mediocre.