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
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
Experiment number I-don’t-know, but with a jar still more than half full of my Cranberry Lolly needing use and a container of frozen cinnamon crumble topping and a chilly morning, it’s off to the kitchen to warm up and scent the apartment and maybe have a lovely small cake to share. I began with the … More Cranberry Orange Coffee Cake
Two things. First thing: I got ingredients to make a batch of my artisanal cookies, the Peppermint Cream Joneses* for my pregnant grandniece’s craving … a couple months ago. She lives some distance from me on the other side of the water and it seems that nobody could make it to Seattle to pick them … More Pinky Grasshopper Cupcakes
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.
It was biscuit-making morning here, five plain and one cinnamon-sugar hot out of the oven for today. I broke my habit and put a little butter on it, decided to shoot a closeup since I’d put a bit extra sugary mix in the middle of the biscuit and it looked tasty. The idea to shoot … More Warm Cinnamon Sugar Biscuit or Slice of Trader Joe’s New Pancake Bread? Review.
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
That’s right. The brand new Dutch Potato Gingerbread Cake* has undergone its first variation. While the Snowman Family birthday cake was being made yesterday, I had a little chat with the missus about putting a lemon-lime icing on it in lieu of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or making the gingerbread offering into a … More One cake leads to: New! Dutch Molasses Ginger Cake with Creamy Lemon Frosting
My Dutch great-grandmother would be proud, I tell ya’. Her now locally-famous chocolate Dutch Potato Cake has given birth to a new and delicious, mouth-watering cake. A couple days ago, when I made the mini version of the birthday cake from last week, I was reminded of how much it seems like what I imagine … More New! Dutch Potato Gingerbread Cake