Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their toddler, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at http://www.kimlaidlaw.com.

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Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Bay Area Bites Thanksgiving Menu: 8 Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

| November 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

This eclectic Thanksgiving menu is just the ticket to stir things up this year. The star of the show is a gorgeous, smoke-scented, mahogany-browned turkey fresh off the grill. The beauty of cooking the bird this way is that it frees up your oven to bake crunchy-sweet cornbread stuffing (two versions: regular and gluten-free!), tender caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts with toasty hazelnuts and cranberries, and a scrumptious pear-almond tart for dessert. Balancing out all the richness are a tangy cranberry-orange compote and a fresh, seasonal raw shaved root vegetable salad with pistachios. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

Crunchy, Nutty, Fruity, Sweet: Pear Almond Custard Tart for Thanksgiving

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is hands-down one of my favorite autumn desserts, and I make it as soon as fragrant pears arrive in the market. It’s a great addition to your Thanksgiving dessert buffet!

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British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

British-Style Roasties: Sweet Potato Version

| November 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bring on the rich, sweet, caramelized yams. It’s Thanksgiving season!

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Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Decadent Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

| November 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Just because you (or your guests) are gluten-free doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, especially stuffing. Try this one, you won’t even know the difference.

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Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

Sweet and Savory Thanksgiving Cornbread and Red Pepper Stuffing

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you love cornbread, then you are going to love this colorful and scrumptious stuffing, perfect alongside a BBQ turkey. Fresh herbs and sautéed peppers balance the richness of this dish.

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Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

Adding Freshness to Thanksgiving: Shaved Winter Vegetable Salad

| November 11, 2014 | 3 Comments

Crunchy, colorful, seasonal, and fresh. This gorgeous salad is a great way to balance the rich and heavy dishes on your Thanksgiving table.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, and Orange Zest for Thanksgiving

| November 10, 2014 | 4 Comments

Even if you think you don’t like Brussels sprouts, give this dish a try. It has a bit of everything: tangy, sweet, salty, bitter, and savory. You are welcome.

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My Favorite Childhood Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

My Favorite Childhood Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce

| November 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Forget about the canned-shaped cranberry gel that graced your childhood table, this tart-sweet compote is not only amazingly delicious, it’s amazingly simple to throw together at the last minute.

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Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!

Throw Your Turkey On The Grill This Thanksgiving!

| November 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

There is nothing quite as spectacular as bringing this mahogany-colored, smoky-flavored bird to the Thanksgiving table. This year, impress your guest by slow-grill roasting your bird on the BBQ.

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Bay Area Bites Halloween Menu: Sweet & Savory Devilishly Ghoulish Treats

Bay Area Bites Halloween Menu: Sweet & Savory Devilishly Ghoulish Treats

| October 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Step up your game for Halloween this year with an array of eerie, menacing treats! Ghastly (but adorable) meringue ghosts and rich chocolate cupcakes slathered with “dirt” and “slimy” (chewy, sweet) worms will appease everyones sweet-tooth. And savory, devilish delights like butternut mummy tarts, cheesy breadstick “bones,” deviled egg eyeballs and black spiders, and a vat of ghoulish guacamole will keep the party going long after the sun goes down. Bwah hahaha!

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Boo! Cute (and gluten-free) Ghost Meringue Cookies for Halloween

Boo! Cute (and gluten-free) Ghost Meringue Cookies for Halloween

| October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

These lighter-than-air ghosts might be no more creepy than a kitten, but they are still perfect for Halloween and they will delight – not fright – the kiddos.

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Halloween Treat: Devil’s Food Chocolate “Dirt” Cupcakes with Gummy Worms

Halloween Treat: Devil’s Food Chocolate “Dirt” Cupcakes with Gummy Worms

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Decadent and rich, these chocolate cupcakes get grossed-up for Halloween with a layer of cookie “dirt” and colorful chewy worms. They are disgustingly delicious!

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Halloween Savory Treat: Devilish Egg Eyeballs & Spiders

Halloween Savory Treat: Devilish Egg Eyeballs & Spiders

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Want to turn humdrum deviled eggs into a devilish treat for your next Halloween? Find out how to make them into deliciously icky eyeballs and menacing spiders.

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Halloween Treat: Fiendish Roasted Butternut and Goat Cheese Mummy Tartlets

Halloween Treat: Fiendish Roasted Butternut and Goat Cheese Mummy Tartlets

| October 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Scrumptiously delicious, and stuffed with sweet butternut squash and salty goat cheese, you might not want to share these ominous little mummified pastries with anyone but yourself.

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