When I was 11 years old, I won two blue ribbons at the State Fair in Puyallup, Washington, which I’d entered for 4-H projects. One blue ribbon was for perfect corn meal muffins and the other for an orange and coconut bread. Those two entries gave me the title of Prize-Winning Baker and today, after … More Orange and Toasted Coconut Bread
I’m not preparing rhubarb desserts anymore (I can’t have them) but since it’s growing all over the Pacific Northwest right now, I thought it might be useful to some new readers if I listed those I’ve made here with the recipes. Right off the bat, I recommend the rhubarb ice cream, the making of which … More Got rhubarb? Recipes, ideas in this blog.
Yep, this is the second cookie idea which I decided to manifest this week. Years and years ago I found a recipe in a magazine for pecan bars and made them for Christmas goody tins a couple times. They were tasty, but made in a jelly-roll pan. Perhaps readers are acquainted with the fact that … More New! Pecan Pie Cookies
Stressed out? Try a nice brisk walk in the morning light and then bake the rest of the day. I’m calling it early St. Patrick’s Day gift pack for Mother and a couple other cookie testers. I was already on an “orange kick” a couple days ago when the decision was made after a phone … More New! Orange Pistachio Butter Cookies! Orange Minis! Mint Candy Brownies!
I had to make another batch of sweet roll dough over the weekend for some walnut sticky buns so I decided to put a piece of Lindt’s dark chocolate chili bar, my favorite, in the middle of a few pieces of dough and make filled rolls. It didn’t leak! Spicy chocolate! Chocolate and bread are … More Chili Chocolate Filled Sweet Rolls
I saw the hashtag trending on Twitter and said to myself, “I’m on it” because I need a small loaf of this dough type for a requested ‘nother batch of Orange Bread Pudding* next week along with a walk this afternoon after the rolls come out of the oven. Two types today, both using the … More National Sticky Buns Day
Who doesn’t want something chocolate and delicious in the Christmas goody box besides fudge? This year I made chocolate fudge with no nuts, but the brownies are another story. Rocky Road brownies are “just” brownies with added marshmallows, chips and nuts either in or on the cookie. Some folks like no nuts, some like walnuts, … More Rocky Road Brownies with Roasted Pecans
It’s the birthday of my Dutch friend on the 24th and he and his family had just returned from a trip abroad last night, so I wasn’t sure if they’d be up for cake when my day started. Turns out they were, so I chopped a lot of apples and used my Dutch grandmother’s recipe … More Dutch Apple Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting & Chocolate Berry Mini Cake
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