It’s Washington State cherry season. A quart of pips-out, split dark cherries, 2 cups of sugar, 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice macerated at room temperature for three hours and then an hour of constant stirring over medium low heat to 220 degrees Fahrenheit yields merely two jars (3 cups) of heavenly jam. Wish … More A Jam of Cherries
Why not? Fresh organic strawberries caught my eye and there was a frozen chocolate shortcake biscuit* leftover from a few days ago. Billiken eyed it, too. *https://mschefinseattle.com/2019/06/06/chocolate-shortcake-with-nectarines-recipe/
Have you ever thought that the thing about making shortcake for summer fruits is that it’s not chocolate enough? Maybe some 20 years ago I devised a chocolate biscuit for shortcake, but it was made the “hard” way, by which I mean cutting shortening into the dry ingredients which adds time in the kitchen. Anyone … More Chocolate Shortcake with Nectarines, Recipe
Time for breakfast this morning and a decision to use Trader Joe’s (sour!) mango kefir as the sour liquid for biscuits along with some cinnamon and golden raisins in the dough. They turned out even bigger than usual and, naturally, tasty with a crunchy shell. Because the kefir is thicker than milk, it was necessary … More Cinnamon & Golden Raisin Biscuits with Kefir
I’m a ruminator. Some things I just can’t let go. For instance, calling a maple-flavored, cinnamon-sugar topped baked item “Maple Cinnamon Quick Bread” wouldn’t have brought a lot of attention to Trader Joe’s newest branded offering of somebody else’s invention, the Pancake Bread* which I reviewed here earlier this week. However, I’d already decided to … More Cranberry Cinnamon Quick Bread or is it a pancake bread? Recipe.
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
As a baker who doesn’t like to make or eat pie crust but is fond of the fillings which go into the shell, and as I will not be preparing Thanksgiving dinner again this year but am making a couple Dutch apple pies for gifts today, I decided to chop some additional apples and make … More Who doesn’t like Dutch Spiced Apple Birthday Pie? My recipe.
I had a first go at this cookie a number of years ago for Mother and the Old Buck’s 50th wedding anniversary, along with the huge Mexican chocolate cake I made for the same occasion. Then, last week a package of freeze-dried, unsweetened, unsulfured raspberries in Trader Joe’s caught my eye and I decided to … More Revised & New! Raspberry Jones for a Birthday
I grew up making these strawberry preserves in the summers with my mother, standing at the sink, washing and hulling strawberries, leaving them whole, then by some magic in more than a few minutes filling a big stainless steel tub with berries in a thick syrup to cool, also to pluck a whole berry from … More Great Grandmother’s 6-Minute (haha) Strawberry Preserves
There was a couple pounds of fresh Washington-grown apricots which went on a special journey. After taking out the pip and cutting them in pieces, I popped them into a deep Corning Ware baking dish with sugar, intending on roasting them to the stewed stage and then making a first-of-the-summer fruit ice cream. It just … More Oven-stewed Apricot Jam