Celebrate Fall? Baked Jonagolds with Caramel Rum Ice Cream

I was gifted with a piano tuning and some hand-picked, organic, Mount Vernon-grown Jonagold apples. There’s nothing quite as pleasant on a rainy fall day as a warm house with the aroma of something delicious baking in the oven. Those three points are related. Today, while raking up another huge pile of those autumn leaves … More Celebrate Fall? Baked Jonagolds with Caramel Rum Ice Cream

Birthday by Proxy: Molasses, Fruit & Nut Chews with Lime Cream Glaze

It is indeed time for another birthday by proxy. Mark handed me a bag of organic dried cranberries during the Christmas baking blitz and this cookie was on the tentative menu. I ruled it out after looking at the number of tins full of cookies and candies on the makeshift tables in relation to the … More Birthday by Proxy: Molasses, Fruit & Nut Chews with Lime Cream Glaze

Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts

Early in the week I sustained some type of trauma to my achilles tendon making it very difficult to navigate, especially up and down stairs. It has ultimately led to more creativity in the kitchen since trips to the grocery store require use of the stairs, I’m wary of further injury and avoiding stairs until … More Shredded Wheat Muffins with Oats, Fruits and Nuts

Oatmeal Chews with Candied Ginger, Raisins, Cranberries, Walnuts and Peonies

Mark brought me some crystalised, candied ginger pieces all ready to go into a cookie batter and some dried cranberries and suggested an oatmeal cookie would be nice, soon, sometime in the next two weeks. Oh, and some raisins, too, and walnuts. I told him that my oatmeal cookies do not have butter or shortening … More Oatmeal Chews with Candied Ginger, Raisins, Cranberries, Walnuts and Peonies

Raspberries and Cranberries, Already Great, Made Great Again

In the summer and autumn of 2014, while spending part of every week at my mother’s house and having an abundance of fresh fruits from the garden, trees and eastern Washington, I learned how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker or rock salt. It began with a recipe for rhubarb ice cream … More Raspberries and Cranberries, Already Great, Made Great Again

Date-Topped Fruity Bran Muffins, Made Great Again

It’s time to begin preparations for holiday baking and first that means a look in the back of the fridge for remains from last year. There’s almost always going to be jams, jellies, fillings and other sugared foods that easily survive a year. I found a jar with almost one cup of last winter’s date … More Date-Topped Fruity Bran Muffins, Made Great Again