Birthday by proxy: Dutch Potato Cake for My Brother Brian

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

Fried Biscuit Raspberry Shortcake, and Romance of Fall in One Photo

A chilly morning yesterday along with Sunday Formula 1 from the Circuit of the Americas in Austin and a Seattle Seahawks game on telly meant turn on the oven and bake some more of those super fast, now-they’re-my-favorite-because-they’re-healthier-AND-fluffy buttermilk biscuits.* I shared three, ate one and refrigerated two. Today I lightly buttered one, put it … More Fried Biscuit Raspberry Shortcake, and Romance of Fall in One Photo

Fresh Cranberries! Time for Ben & Birdy’s Upside-Down Cake

Oh boy! There they were on display in a heap of bags at the Grocery Outlet today, and at a bargain $1.99 each, three bags of cranberries made it into the cart, one for this cake and two for something else. I’ve been waiting to try Ben & Birdy’s Cranberry Upside-Down Cake every since my … More Fresh Cranberries! Time for Ben & Birdy’s Upside-Down Cake

Oatmeal Butterscotch Chews, Formula 1 & U.W. Huskies Football

Whipped up a fast batch of those low-fat, chewy cookies for an open house in a few minutes, then some DVR’d Formula 1 qualifying for the 5th to last race of the season and later, some Alabama and then University of Washington Huskies football. Add some colorful leaves and it’s a day. Love the leaves … More Oatmeal Butterscotch Chews, Formula 1 & U.W. Huskies Football

Hard Way Brownies with Lemon Cream Rainbow Frosting

After the Rainbow Joneses* were all frosted and decorated, mention was made that leftovers might find a use. Hard Way Brownies are a great use for such leftovers. I call them Hard Way because the normal, easier way which I’ve been making since Joan’s recipe became my go-to in 1968 involves melting the butter and … More Hard Way Brownies with Lemon Cream Rainbow Frosting

New! Rainbow Jones, A Raspberry Cookie with Lemon Cream Rainbows

This is the name my daughter wanted me to give Sprinkles Jones* and the cookie I dreamed up the same night she suggested it because I was firm on the sprinkles. It’s my Rainbow Jones, the second recent successful experiment! It is a tasty, pillowy soft raspberry and lemon cookie worthy of joining my Joneses, … More New! Rainbow Jones, A Raspberry Cookie with Lemon Cream Rainbows