It’s March 14th, Pi Day. While I had it in mind to make a lemon meringue pie inspired by my friend Ina who made one for her birthday last week, I changed my mind and decided to make a tart instead. Some might call this Lemon Cranberry Bars, but I say it’s a pie. It … More Lemon Cranberry Tart for Pi Day
Last night while searching through my cake recipe box for two recipes that I’ll need for birthday cakes next week, I pulled out a folded 8″ x 11″ photocopied recipe gifted to me by the late Sally Snyder (known to me as Sally Reed in 1995 Seattle when she provided it.) Sally loved cooking and … More Apple Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Glaze, my recipe
There’s a few new pistachio cookies coming down the pike starting with this one. Bormah is my favorite Lebanese and Syrian and Turkish dessert. It is whole, peeled and roasted pistachios rolled inside of a shredded wheat pastry soaked in a honey-like syrup flavored with orange and rosewater. I sometimes went to the Seattle Center … More New! Pistachio Mini Teacakes & Patties
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
Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t, but I am thinking about a spiced apple pie, the Dutch* kind. One of my neighbors has been frantically readying her art for sales (and hopefully some fun) at the Emerald City Comic Con which started today at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle. I think she and her … More National Pi Day. Maybe some pie.
Maybe 30 years ago I made a 3-tiered version of this cake for the 50th birthday of the wife of the lawyer for whom I worked in Santa Monica at the time, along with the rest of the meal I catered for 50 guests, precisely. It was then, like now, Camp Fire mint season and … More Chocolate Mint Cake, Deluxe Edition
My favorite pancakes are sourdough. I also like the newly-discovered pancakes made from the Bluebird Grain Farms’ organic whole grain Emmer Pancake and Waffle Mix.* Sometimes one feels like making the same thing again very soon, but wait! The Trout Creek Montana sourdough starters that I use, both of them, have not been used for … More Sourdough up, emmer pancakes! Recipe.
A couple weeks ago I asked my mother if she’d like to choose the birthday goodies to be baked and mailed to her this year. She had no preference, so I decided it would be based on whatever infused confectionary in my cupboard struck my fancy when I opened the jar on the 4th of … More Treats for Mother’s 89th Birthday
Umm, good. My friend Jean gave me that jar of Parker’s Maple Butter last year. Usually I take maple butter or maple cream at Christmastime and make it into a lovely cooked maple and pecan fudge. Last Christmas I didn’t do that because my daughter took me on holiday to help break me of my … More Sourdough French Toast with Real Maple Butter
Happy Birthday, Brian! Continuing my tradition of birthday cakes by proxy, the 23rd of March is his birthday and I baked a cake in his honor. I’m pretty sure that his fiancee will be providing one closer to home, but we won’t be sharing it, so I decided to make my great great grandmother’s recipe … More Birthday by proxy: Dutch Potato Cake for My Brother Brian