There was leftover berry filling from the extravagant birthday cake* made a few days ago and I’m not one to waste leftover goodness. The question was how to use it and I’ve wrestled with ideas because I didn’t want to just make a repeater and I didn’t want it to sink if I put it … More Cranberry-Raspberry Coffee Cake with Orange-Raspberry Glaze
I was in that “What shall I make for dinner?” moment, looking through the fridge and freezer and cupboard, nothing jumping out. I’d seen a recipe for a whole wheat Dutch baby not long ago and was reminded when the egg carton caught my eye. However, I decided to skip the whole wheat and go … More Dutch Baby: Dinner in A Fry Pan; Recipe
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.
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.