I’m a ruminator. Some things I just can’t let go. For instance, calling a maple-flavored, cinnamon-sugar topped baked item “Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread” wouldn’t have brought a lot of attention to Trader Joe’s newest branded offering of somebody else’s invention, the Pancake Bread* which I reviewed here earlier this week. However, I’d already decided to … More Cranberry Cinnamon Quick Bread or is it a pancake bread? Recipe.
The 22nd of December is the birthday of a friend who didn’t get a cake on her birthday last year (or even a dedicated post-birthday cake) not due to oversight but because my daughter took me to Las Vegas to satisfy my curiosity about the city at the same time as removing me from the … More Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise
“Why don’t you simply make half a batch of raspberry sauce if you don’t need the whole thing?” asked Sylvia after I’d told her that I’d only used 1/4 cup of it in the frosting for the Raspberry Joneses* made a few days ago. Answer: because it takes as long to make a half batch … More juliyya’s Chocolate & Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. Maybe Cupcake Joneses?
I had a first go at this cookie a number of years ago for Mother and the Old Buck’s 50th wedding anniversary, along with the huge Mexican chocolate cake I made for the same occasion. Then, last week a package of freeze-dried, unsweetened, unsulfured raspberries in Trader Joe’s caught my eye and I decided to … More Revised & New! Raspberry Jones for a Birthday
The last of the can of sweetened condensed milk — around 2 Tablespoons used in substitution for sugar and part of the milk — has helped to turn the apartment into a lovely, fragrant morning space. I went to the store yesterday to acquire the orange, then reached into the fridge this morning for a … More Cranberry Lolly & Orange Scones, Now with Sweetened Condensed Milk
I grew up making these strawberry preserves in the summers with my mother, standing at the sink, washing and hulling strawberries, leaving them whole, then by some magic in more than a few minutes filling a big stainless steel tub with berries in a thick syrup to cool, also to pluck a whole berry from … More Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves
Plumber fellow who will be in a couple hours providing a bit of a fix to a serious problem under the kitchen sink said, a few days ago, “Yeah. I like to eat. I like baked stuff.” I’d told him that I often express gratitude by baking something which I know the intended recipient has on … More Gratitude Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Crumble Crust, Recipe
My offer to a neighbor of the leftover raspberry buttercream from the last birthday cake went unaccepted — just at the same time as I found out that I would be having company this afternoon — so I had a little think about what might go well with it besides chocolate cake or chocolate cupcakes. … More Leftover Raspberry Buttercream? Company coming? Make Lemon Cake.
Yesterday I spent a couple hours having cranberry fun, making cranberries into a candy that I call Cranberry Lolly. My process is secret. The not-secret part is that they’re finely chopped. It can be used on Thanksgiving turkey (and is, at my house when I cook the dinner), but it’s purpose is future use in … More Happy Thanksgiving, and Painting by Jane Nicolet, Tiger/Cougar Mtn.
I almost negligently homicided my Montana Most Sour sourdough starter three days ago. For the first time in almost forever, I put the concoction in a glass bowl rather than the stainless steel and then put it in the oven with its film cover over night, as usual. I have a bright little piece of … More 4-Wheat Inside-Out Cranberry Rolls As Sourdough Survives Injury