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
I bought a box of Brown & Haley’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark for the tin, so naturally I have to bake with the contents. First up was a test batch of the lower fat chewy, crunchy cookie with chopped bark. They puffed up and did not collapse, leaving bits of melty chocolate here and there … More Crunchy Chocolate Mint Chews
Cranberry. Rhubarb. Peach. Raspberry. Rum Raisin. Find peace in ice cream.
My friend and the neighborhood’s reigning matriarch had a birthday today. She didn’t want a big party this year, but next year, one of those zeroes, definitely a party because her son will be here from abroad come Hell or high water. (Ha! Literally.) We agreed to a small sit-down dinner instead of balancing plates … More German Chocolate Cake for Sylvia’s Birthday. She turns oopsie into comic gold.
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
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
A friend for whom I make birthday goody said that she’d like ice cream this year, raspberry* or peach. I’ve had it in my mind to make something like this, so I did. The photos actually tell the story of a peachy Melba ice cream. First day of fall, but there was summer left in … More Raspberry & Peach Ice Cream Duo
Last summer I poured a bit of my homemade blackberry reduction syrup over a scoop of the fresh raspberry ice cream and the taste combination was out of this world. It’s lovely to spoon a bit of the blackberry syrup along with the cream, but I decided to ripple some into the batch I just … More Blackberry Rippled Raspberry Ice Cream
First ice cream of the summer is such a treat that I made just half a batch since that’s how many berries I had to work with, and also because I was impatient to wait a couple more days to make a full batch. Half batches freeze in half the time, too. Add some sugar, … More Summer! Fresh Raspberry Ice Cream with Hot Fudge
One of my nieces sent me a recipe for an upside-down cranberry cake from another blog in which the author said she sometimes makes it with rhubarb. I bookmarked it with the intention of making it today, along with a batch of rhubarb ice cream.* However, this morning when I clicked the link, it had … More Spring Rhubarb Cake with Rhubarb Ice Cream