I’ve been a busy baker over the past few days and am behind in blog posts, so they will be in reverse order, like tweets on Twitter. The 23rd was the 87th birthday of a friend whom I invited to choose the flavors of his birthday cake and frosting. He chose caramel frosting on a … More Chocolate Cake with Caramel Fudge Frosting for A Birthday
October 8th, I found out, is National Fluffernutter Day in the U.S., meaning some folks lobbied some members of our federal legislators in order to get a day declared specifically to celebrate fluffernutters. If the lobbying was done with cookies, well … good on them. I didn’t know what a fluffernutter was when I read … More Happy Belated National Flutternutter Day; Correction, not NutterButters
There’s a birthday party next month for one of my favorite children and collaborator on cake. She will be nine (9!) and we’re doing some things the same way and some things in a different way. Her sister’s recent birthday* taught us a bit about cake architecture and this cake will teach a bit about … More In the kitchen with juliyya: (Rocket) practice makes perfect.
This is my second new cookie* with roasted pistachios featuring in the dough, which spent the night in the fridge before being sliced and dipped into sparkling sugars and baked to a crispy confection this afternoon. Mother and my favorite cousin will be surprised with packages coming in the mail. *The first of the newly … More New! Pistachio & Honey Butter Cookies
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
I was in that “What shall I make for dinner?” moment, looking through the fridge and freezer and cupboard, nothing jumping out. I’d seen a recipe for a whole wheat Dutch baby not long ago and was reminded when the egg carton caught my eye. However, I decided to skip the whole wheat and go … More Dutch Baby: Dinner in A Fry Pan; Recipe
The pictures tell the story. Black and red and Italian plums plus lemon and sugar become jam in a different process than usual because I started late in the evening and didn’t want to spend all night in the cubbyhole kitchen. After washing, cutting, grating and juicing ingredients, I put the fruit, lemon juice and … More 3 Types of Plums = Jam of Plums
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.
I had a day of activities with two of my favorite children last Saturday and I took the opportunity to teach them how to make peanut butter frosting and then use it in two ways instead of one. I’d made a batch of Crazy Cake cupcakes, both regular-sized and minis, and asked the girls’ mother … More In the kitchen with juliyya: Peanut Butter Frosting for Graham Cracker Sandwiches and Cupcakes
My daughter and I made an arrangement whereby she’d come to my apartment on Tuesday, we’d have a lovely homemade dinner while watching Monday night’s DVRd version of So You Think You Can Dance, a show we both love for the fantastic choreography and skilled dancers while objecting to comments unfavorable by some judge who … More Taco Tuesday Home Buffet, Not Tacos