I didn’t want Tuxedo Cake* for my birthday this year. I wanted pie, this particular pie, with a caveat. I don’t like to make pie crusts because I don’t like the feeling of flour on my fingers, unusual for a baker, but that’s the way it is. So, I asked a former neighbor who likes … More Dark Chocolate Silk Pie for My Birthday
A couple days ago one of my sweet gardening neighbors rang to ask if I would loan a couple muffin pans so she could make — for the first time! — a batch of gluten-free and dairy-free zucchini muffins for her friend’s birthday. She brought me one of the finished muffins, which had a lovely, … More It’s zucchini season in local gardens. 3 types of Garden Zucchini Muffins.
I had a day of activities with two of my favorite children last Saturday and I took the opportunity to teach them how to make peanut butter frosting and then use it in two ways instead of one. I’d made a batch of Crazy Cake cupcakes, both regular-sized and minis, and asked the girls’ mother … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Peanut Butter Frosting for Graham Cracker Sandwiches and Cupcakes
My daughter was born on August 6th some number of years ago in London during the hottest day it had been there in a long time (such that the hospital was operating on a generator due to air conditioners causing power failure.) Today (WordPress won’t admit it’s still the 6th of August) she celebrated it … More Birthday at The Block Watch Party
Munchies were featured in a recent episode of Martha and Snoop’s cooking show and Martha made a kitchen-sink cookie that included potato chips. It was a hit, providing sweet, salt, chocolate, nuts and I don’t remember the rest. It was the addition of potato chips — known as crisps in some parts of the world … More Jalapeno Potato Chip Chocolate Chew?
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
There was a 6 ounce container of vanilla yogurt in the fridge staring at me and I decided that its best use would be an experiment. It turned out beautifully and looks just like the sour cream version* made last week and was gone in a flash. The recipe included in that post is changed … More Using Yogurt to Replace Sour Cream in the Coffee Cake
Sylvia, the 90 year-old lady who kindly gives me a ride to the grocery store every week and who has a flower garden and cat both of which I very much admire, told me that she’s very fond of my coffee cakes, by which she means my coffee cakes, quick breads, muffins and hyped-up versions … More Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Mini Chocolate Chips, My Recipe
Readers know that I don’t waste leftover frosting! There was about a cupful of the purple-gray (strong) mint cream frosting not needed for the octopus birthday cake* after the octopus’s tentacles were piped onto the cake, and I decided that the leftover would be used atop a batch of brownies. My thought was that brownies … More Brownies with Slightly Minty Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (a little bit gray)
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