One of my nieces and one of my grandnieces had birthdays in February, so I made and mailed three kinds of my newest cookies to them, then sent an Instagram message to check their mailbox after USPS Priority Mail confirmed delivery. I sent the previous browned butter experiment with the dark chocolate chips and chopped … More Browned Butter Cinnamon Snicks with Chocolate Disk Middles
Yesterday I noticed “National Pie Day” written on my calendar and ran through some ideas for pies I might bake. My niece sent me an idea for a lemon pie similar in recipe to Key Lime pie and which included a saltine crust, but I didn’t have all the ingredients. I thought the crust might … More Dutch Apple-cranberry Deep Dish for USA National Pie Day
Today is my youngest brother’s birthday, the only one of my siblings to receive my cookies on a somewhat regular basis. Like every one of my them, he’s a good cook and could bake for himself, but he’s also the one who lives at my mother’s big house, helps take care of her and has … More New! Date-filled Oatmeal Wich
The title says it all, for once, but double up on the Happy New Year. Closeup shows how each slice of the hasselbacked spud has a spoonful of homemade veggie chili and the whole thing is topped with grated sharp cheddar and popped back into the oven to melt. Blog post explaining how to hasselback … More Happy New Year with Hasselback Potatoes, Vegetarian Chili and Sharp Cheddar
How’s that for a title? The birthday girl requested the Strawberry Well Cake* with berries and cream in the well, but chocolate frosting and definitely without dots like the one below. She said the family was looking at lower sugar than the last cake I made for them, but she hadn’t realized that angel food … More A Berry Well Birthday Cake
I went looking for my favorite Hershey’s Kisses for Christmas baking, those with dark chocolate covering a mint cream truffle. I couldn’t find them but spied the new (to me, anyway) Candy Cane Kisses and said “Yes, please. I can see a new cookie this year in my Snick line.” The dough has a hint … More New! Hershey’s puts out new Kiss. I make a new cookie. Candy Cane Snicks.
Today (or at least the day I write it, the 24th of November) is the birthday of a special friend. He’s the husband of a friend and the father of two girls who are well represented in my sometime-series “In the kitchen with juliyya.” I’ve made birthday cakes for him and his family since they … More Surprise Birthday Cake, meaning full of surprises
Saturday was the birthday of the man who gave me his previous Yamaha electric keyboard piano when he got a new, updated model with gazillions of bells and whistles. We were introduced during the heat wave this summer in the only air-conditioned room here. It wasn’t long afterwards when he walked into it again one … More Happy Birthday to Jazz Pianist
I’m not preparing rhubarb desserts anymore (I can’t have them) but since it’s growing all over the Pacific Northwest right now, I thought it might be useful to some new readers if I listed those I’ve made here with the recipes. Right off the bat, I recommend the rhubarb ice cream, the making of which … More Got rhubarb? Recipes, ideas in this blog.
Yep, this is the second cookie idea which I decided to manifest this week. Years and years ago I found a recipe in a magazine for pecan bars and made them for Christmas goody tins a couple times. They were tasty, but made in a jelly-roll pan. Perhaps readers are acquainted with the fact that … More New! Pecan Pie Cookies