When I get a brainstorm about trying a new baked quick bread, well … here’s the result. Not long ago I experimented with canned pumpkin and a packet of Fresh Gourmet Honey Roasted Walnut Pieces*, made a Pumpkin Rum Raisin Honey Walnut bread, posted about it on my Instagram** and said I’d put the recipe … More New! Maple Date Honey Pecan Bread with My Recipe, and a Note about My Pumpkin Rum Raisin Honey Walnut Bread
When I was 11 years old, I won two blue ribbons at the State Fair in Puyallup, Washington, which I’d entered for 4-H projects. One blue ribbon was for perfect corn meal muffins and the other for an orange and coconut bread. Those two entries gave me the title of Prize-Winning Baker and today, after … More Orange and Toasted Coconut Bread
I was given a big handful of organic (i.e., grown in the family garden with no killer fertilizer) marionberries a few days ago while I was house and dogsitting. While I love the flavor of these berries, I do not love their big seeds so I saved them for a little baking project. Today I … More New! Seasonal Lemon & Marionberry Butter Cookies
Last week on sale at a grocery store, I bought three one-pound bowls of fresh fruit, one of which was pineapple. I ate the melons from two bowls and decided to roast and caramelize the pineapple chunks, some of which were used in a Moroccan-spiced couscous, steamed broccoli, caramelized red bell, onion and pine nut … More New! Roasted Pineapple & Orange Bread with My Recipe & Idea for a Pretty Salad
I made a trip to Lynnwood last week via bus for a couple things that I expected to find at J.D.’s Market, specifically bourma and fresh halwa because it’s Ramadan and they’re typically available during the fasting month. No such luck, but I did pick up a jar of Ariana Sumac, a seasoning widely used … More Sesame and Sumac Naan
There were complaints, including mine, about the prior raspberry scone with lemon glaze drizzle so I decided to adapt my own biscuit/scone recipe with hope for better result. I got it, too. My neighbor says it’s not as puffy as store-bought scones or classic Irish scones, but I use the drop method rather than roll-and-cut … More Better Lemon-Glazed Raspberry Scones with My Recipe
Recently I reconnected with my sister-in-law who’s settling in for retirement in Moses Lake. (I was maid-of-honor at their wedding 54 years ago!) She and my step-brother have been like snowbirds for a number of years, sometimes in Ocean Shores and sometimes in Arizona. My nephews, their wives and children live in the eastern part … More Lemon-glazed Raspberry Scones with Recipe
For Veterans’ Day this year, I experimented with flavors in this quick bread, using whole rather than chopped dried tart cherries, chocolate chips, unsweetened applesauce for a smooth texture and a fresh orange crumble on top. It’s raining in Seattle today. (Surprise, surprise.) A great day for a slice of warm and a bit gooey … More Tart Cherry & Chocolate Chip Bread with Orange Crumble
Having finished last night chronologically listing several months of photos meant to go in this blog with a paragraph or two and discovering that today is U.S. National Dessert Day and with Seattle prepping for a Mayoral election, I decided to do a quick post inspired by all those things. During the run-up to the … More It’s National Dessert Day. Something Cherry, Lorena Gonzalez?
A few weeks ago I shared my newest easy biscuit recipe* along with recommendation to mix up a batch of honey butter to spread on them. My mother requested the recipe and while I was writing it on the card yesterday, I mentioned that they could also be spread with jam and the two halves … More PB&J gets a new meaning.