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 Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

Bay Area Bites Mother’s Day Brunch Menu: 6 Springtime Recipes

| May 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

This Mother’s Day menu, which weighs heavily on springtime produce, has something for everyone: a fruity cocktail, a yummy vegetarian frittata, a hearty savory bread pudding, some little muffins, a glammed-up potato dish (everyone loves potatoes), and a fruit component that can act like dessert.

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Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

Fresh Rhubarb Fizz Cocktail

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Bray, England I sampled a stunning rhubarb champagne cocktail and was determined to re-create my own (simpler) version at home.

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Savory Sausage, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Bread Pudding

Savory Sausage, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Bread Pudding

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Chock full of sausage, sweet bell peppers, and melty cheese, this savory bread pudding is the most brilliant thing you can make ahead for brunch.

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Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fancy Ranch Dressing

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Fancy Ranch Dressing

| May 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Crispy-creamy fingerlings with homemade ranch dressing will take your brunch potato offering up a few notches.

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Brûléed Grapefruit with Vanilla Yogurt

Brûléed Grapefruit with Vanilla Yogurt

| May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Hot grapefruit might not sound like where it’s at. But imagine it covered in a melty, crunchy, sugary crust and topped with a dollop of gooey vanilla yogurt. Do I have your attention?

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Springtime Frittata with Asparagus, Leeks, and Herbs

Springtime Frittata with Asparagus, Leeks, and Herbs

| May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Eggs can be a problem when serving brunch for lots of people. Enter the versatile, amazing, and delicious frittata, all gussied up for springtime.

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Little Springtime Strawberry-Lemon Muffins

Little Springtime Strawberry-Lemon Muffins

| May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I love muffins. And I particularly love these adorable, super-fruity strawberry-lemon muffins, which are perfect for spring and your mom’s special day!

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Decadent Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

Decadent Dessert: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Caramelized Blood Oranges

| December 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Wobbly panna cotta, which means “cooked cream” in Italian, is a light but decadent dessert worthy of the holidays. It is the perfect antidote to a rich and heavy dinner.

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An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto

An Elegant Starter: Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke) Soup with Chestnut Pesto

| December 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

This silky, creamy vegetable soup gets a burst of flavor from extra lemony pesto. It’s special enough to kick off a holiday dinner, and easy enough to serve it for a cozy winter weeknight supper.

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British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato

British-Style Roasties: A Whole New Potato

| December 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

These roasted potatoes are classic in the UK but unbeknownst to most Americans, so I’m going to introduce you. Meet the crispy, creamy, decadent rock stars of the potato world.

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Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs for Christmas

Glamorous Comfort Food: Succulent Braised Short Ribs for Christmas

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Rich and decadent doesn’t have to mean hours sweating over the stove, or a huge dent in your wallet. Make these succulent braised short ribs the centerpiece of your Christmas dinner, and you won’t be disappointed.

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Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado

Christmas Kale Salad with Pomegranate,Tangerine and Avocado

| December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do you need another kale salad recipe? Because not only will this one blow your mind with awesomeness, but I can give you five good reasons to make it.

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Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

Herb & Gruyere Gougères: Perfectly Cheesy Puffs for Holiday Appetizers

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Even though these feel fancy and special, they are very quick to make and pop into the oven at a moment’s notice. They are great alongside just about anything: soup, salad, bubbly, or on their own.

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Thanksgiving Dessert: Yeehaw and Buttermilk Pie with Fresh Cranberry Compote

Thanksgiving Dessert: Yeehaw and Buttermilk Pie with Fresh Cranberry Compote

| November 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Buttermilk Pie? What? It sounds weird, but apparently it has a cult-like following in the longhorn state. It’s essentially a simple buttermilk and brown sugar custard pie, often flavored with a bit of vanilla and sometimes citrus zest. Kim Laidlaw decided to take it upon herself to come up with the ultimate version for the holidays.

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