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
When I expect to be very busy and there’s bits of this and that needing use for meals, it’s time for a pan of What’s-in-the-cupboard gratin. Today it’s two potatoes, a packet of Trader Joe’s tamales, some French-fried onion rings and small amounts of two cheeses. My week will mostly be spent with the intensive … More What’s-in-the-cupboard Gratin
Have you ever thought that the thing about making shortcake for summer fruits is that it’s not chocolate enough? Maybe some 20 years ago I devised a chocolate biscuit for shortcake, but it was made the “hard” way, by which I mean cutting shortening into the dry ingredients which adds time in the kitchen. Anyone … More Chocolate Shortcake with Nectarines, Recipe
Yep, I can’t help myself. My versions of cinnamon buttermilk biscuits began with a mere cinnamon-sugar sprinkle on the top of a biscuit, then a sprinkle in the middle and and top. The last experiment introduced a small pat of butter in the middle underneath the cinnamon sugar to test whether the biscuit could be … More Never-ending Experiments with Cinnamon Biscuits, Now with Cranberries and Butter Tops
Bless my late Aunt Dorothy again. Her recipe for whole wheat banana bread* has undergone another successful modification, along with simplification. The latter was simply using two bowls, one for the dry ingredients and one for the wet stuff, then a speedy stir together with a wooden spoon. The process is thereby shortened and the … More Rum Raisin Banana Bread: my recipe
I’ve seen Butter Rum flavoring in little flavoring-type jars before and wanted some to test this idea for yet another quick bread, the easy kind, that Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread* acting as a catalyst to new goodies for the third time. I went looking for it at all the major grocery chains in my neighborhood … More Butter Rum Quick Bread, a test. No rum. Recipe.
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.
If you’ve made a German chocolate cake, then you know it takes 8 egg yolks and 4 egg whites with 4 egg whites left over, leaving a decision to be made for using the extra whites. I decided to substitute half of them for an egg in each of two batches of Super speedy baking … More Chemistry? Egg whites, canned milk, baking powder biscuits & Cranberry Lolly scones.
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