Stressed out? Try a nice brisk walk in the morning light and then bake the rest of the day. I’m calling it early St. Patrick’s Day gift pack for Mother and a couple other cookie testers. I was already on an “orange kick” a couple days ago when the decision was made after a phone … More New! Orange Pistachio Butter Cookies! Orange Minis! Mint Candy Brownies!
It’s been a very busy baking day getting ready for a Celebration of Life tomorrow afternoon for my late friend and previous landlord, Mark. It’s going to be a potluck and my usual contribution to those is a dessert, but I decided to make multiple things. There will be a half sheet deluxe carrot cake … More Mini Lava Cake Brownies
Tuesday the 26th of November is National Cake Day. When I saw it trending on Twitter, it reminded me that I hadn’t yet posted about the cakes actually made and decorated for the space-themed birthday for which practice* was had. Have a look at results: Pictured are: an eggless chocolate Crazy Cake** with cream cheese … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Space Birthday Cakes & Crispy Rice Planets
Pot lucks because that’s how the family does gatherings for every occasion. Everybody brings something, usually made by hand. Lots of salads and barbecue and desserts. My mother’s birthday in on July 6th, a Saturday this year and also on a day which is part of a lengthy holiday weekend so some folks may miss … More Mother’s 90th Birthday Party Potluck
I’m working on a new cookie for my Joneses, the start of a line within a line to be called juliyya’s Nutty Joneses. In common with all the others, the cookies will be soft and rich and have a specific frosting. Not in common: I leave it to the reader. There is no better place … More Maple Pecan Pralines
Perhaps we let the photos show how a few layers of chocolate cake and a dozen mini-cupcakes with peppermint frosting became the birthday cake for a sleepover party with 12 girls, all around the age of 11 years. I did the baking and shaping, frosted between the layers and applied a bit of crumb coat … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Octopus Birthday Cake
You’re looking at classic Jubilee Jumbles* and my Snicks with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Mint Truffle Kisses.** I made them as a present for a couple out-of-town nieces who are visiting their cousin (also known as my daughter) today, as she returns to London tomorrow. One of my nieces has a birthday this weekend and her … More Spot the difference.
One of my brothers carves and whittles and sands and polishes and sometimes stains pretty pieces of wood into various useful and beautiful items. He climbs trees sometimes to get a small limb in which a honeysuckle has wrapped and embedded itself, making gnarly wood for his hand-crafted canes. Mother tells me that he’s also … More Pretty brother-made kitchen implements
I attempted a different kind of fudge tonight to take as a treat on Friday for my mother on Bainbridge Island. It doesn’t have chocolate or marshmallow creme in it, but has an atypical ingredient for American kitchens while being in every British and Canadian kitchen. I had to go to five large grocery stores … More It would’ve been Russian Fudge. Fail.
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