Chocolate Sourdough Cherry Cake with Betty Christensen’s Fudge Frosting, and a joyous family surprise

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

Van Harte Gefeliciteerd Otto, heartfelt congratulations & Dutch Potato Cake

Today is my friend Otto’s birthday. His mother is in town for the holiday and, since they are Dutch, I arranged with the missus to make my Dutch great-grandmother’s recipe for Dutch potato cake as my contribution to the festivities and as a surprise for his mother.  I don’t know if she’ll be familiar, but … More Van Harte Gefeliciteerd Otto, heartfelt congratulations & Dutch Potato Cake

Emergency Brownies with Sweetened Condensed Milk: My Recipe

Many know that chocolate is a food group by itself, has proven health benefits and, for me, is essential for pick-me-ups when nothing else will do. Brownies are also known to be one of the fastest ways to meet that essential need and usually all the ingredients necessary for a pan full of them are … More Emergency Brownies with Sweetened Condensed Milk: My Recipe

Thank you, Mrs. Hammer & 4-H: Chocolate Syrup better than Hershey’s

From second grade through ninth, my family lived in Tacoma on a small farm. I joined a 4-H club that was devoted to cookery and, having already been well established in the home kitchen, there wasn’t much that was new to me in 4-H. However, making homemade chocolate syrup wasn’t something we’d made at home, … More Thank you, Mrs. Hammer & 4-H: Chocolate Syrup better than Hershey’s