It’s zucchini season in local gardens. 3 types of Garden Zucchini Muffins.

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.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Mini Chocolate Chips, My Recipe

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

Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips: recipe

There was one lonely and ripe banana in the kitchen. What to do? Bake something, of course. A recipe for peanut butter muffins in my quick bread recipe files served as the inspiration for these moist, lovely and fast-made muffins. I highly recommend. In the “old days,” the peanut butter was mixed with the dry … More Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins with Mini Chocolate Chips: recipe

Juliyya’s Cherry Chocolate Coconut Sourdough Cake, Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

“There’s a lot going on in there,” said a neighbor looking at a huge chunk of cake on its way to his family for dessert. Indeed. The cake has sourdough starter in it for one thing, so there’s a flavor that only an experienced palate will detect as well as adding moisture and density. The … More Juliyya’s Cherry Chocolate Coconut Sourdough Cake, Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Whoop-tee-doo Chocolate Shard Cookie, V.1, Seattle’s Theo Chocolate

A lovely neighbor gifted me with two bars of Seattle’s own Theo Chocolate, a pure and dark variety, which, in this house, means “Bake something with it.” Some people have suggested a deficit in the planned cookie menu for MsChef in Seattle upcoming shops, namely, a chocolate chip cookie. I’ve resisted because that cookie is … More Whoop-tee-doo Chocolate Shard Cookie, V.1, Seattle’s Theo Chocolate

How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

The first of two expected windstorms in the Pacific Northwest passed yesterday with leaves and branches and plenty of fresh air. The second, more powerful storm, is already hitting the coast and expected here in the Seattle area beginning in a couple hours. While it’s not necessary — at least locally — to fill the … More How to prepare for big storm: Bake! Loaded Frittata, Hard Flour Banana Nut Bread

juliyya’s Friday cookies: classic Jubilee Jumbles

My daughter and I agreed last week that she would come over on Thursday night this week so she could take some Jubilee Jumbles into her office for a meeting in the morning. They will be offered juliyya’s Friday cookies! These are soft, cakey vanilla and brown sugar cookies with a few chocolate chips and … More juliyya’s Friday cookies: classic Jubilee Jumbles

Baking Experiments as Therapy, Example 1: Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookies

To diffuse some leftover adrenaline from fighting off an attempt by someone with a knife to get in my door in the middle of the afternoon last Thursday, I did one of the things that I find comforting. Bake something. Get in the kitchen, measure things, put ingredients together in a certain manner, take care … More Baking Experiments as Therapy, Example 1: Chocolate Chip Bourbon Cookies