And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Yep, it was the lavender sugar in the jar, infused since St. Patrick’s day and ready for cookies or caramels for the Christmas goody tins, made the answer to the question — what kind of caramels this year? — easy. Lavender is most definitely one of those yes-please or no-thank-you flavors, and for several people … More And today … Royal Velvet Lavender Caramels in the pan

Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

I thought that there’d only be peanut butter fudge made today, but an early start followed by a cleaned and warmed 4-quart pot felt very much like a do-it-now while the pot, spoon and scraper are out. Next, a whole lot of cutting wax paper and wrapping before the fudges join some cookies next week … More Christmas goody making begins with Fudge 1 and Fudge 2

National Cookie Day: why not some preps for Christmas koekje baking?

I was making up the grocery list for Old Ladies day at Fred Meyer’s and noticed that today is National Cookie Day. The list already included Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle kisses for the seasonal batch of Minty Chocolate Snicks, so a decision was made to proceed with making the dough-to-go balls and pop them … More National Cookie Day: why not some preps for Christmas koekje baking?

One cake leads to: New! Dutch Molasses Ginger Cake with Creamy Lemon Frosting

That’s right. The brand new Dutch Potato Gingerbread Cake* has undergone its first variation. While the Snowman Family birthday cake was being made yesterday, I had a little chat with the missus about putting a lemon-lime icing on it in lieu of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or making the gingerbread offering into a … More One cake leads to: New! Dutch Molasses Ginger Cake with Creamy Lemon Frosting

In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family

It was two years ago when the first Snowman birthday cake* made such an impression on the six-year old who enjoyed the creative process and result so much that she decided another must be made. Perhaps the theme might be repeated next year in some way. Maybe three starts a tradition. Who knows? (We’ve already … More In a kitchen with juliyya: Snowman birthday cake, Part Deux, with a family

National Cake Day: Hey! I didn’t get any of the last cake! What about a mini do-over?

The morning Twitter feed included the fact that November 26th, today, is Cake Day, known in the U.S. as National Cake Day, and I’m not one to miss an important day involving cake. Who needs an excuse to make or eat cake anyway? There was leftover chocolate cream cheese frosting from the Dutch Potato Cake* … More National Cake Day: Hey! I didn’t get any of the last cake! What about a mini do-over?

Van Harte Gefeliciteerd Otto, heartfelt congratulations & Dutch Potato Cake

Today is my friend Otto’s birthday. His mother is in town for the holiday and, since they are Dutch, I arranged with the missus to make my Dutch great-grandmother’s recipe for Dutch potato cake as my contribution to the festivities and as a surprise for his mother.  I don’t know if she’ll be familiar, but … More Van Harte Gefeliciteerd Otto, heartfelt congratulations & Dutch Potato Cake