New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

A lovely neighborhood merchant asked me several days ago what I would be doing for Thanksgiving. I just shrugged and said that I am alone. She told me that she invites some folks who do not have family and asked me if that included me. Nope, I have family, but my daughter lives in London … More New! Mini Cinnamon Chocolate Chili Snicks for Thanksgiving

Who doesn’t like Dutch Spiced Apple Birthday Pie? My recipe.

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.

Chemistry? Egg whites, canned milk, baking powder biscuits & Cranberry Lolly scones.

If you’ve made a German chocolate cake, then you know it takes 8 egg yolks and 4 egg whites with 4 egg whites left over, leaving a decision to be made for using the extra whites. I decided to substitute half of them for an egg in each of two batches of Super speedy baking … More Chemistry? Egg whites, canned milk, baking powder biscuits & Cranberry Lolly scones.

Happy Thanksgiving, and Painting by Jane Nicolet, Tiger/Cougar Mtn.

Yesterday I spent a couple hours having cranberry fun, making cranberries into a candy that I call Cranberry Lolly. My process is secret. The not-secret part is that they’re finely chopped. It can be used on Thanksgiving turkey (and is, at my house when I cook the dinner), but it’s purpose is future use in … More Happy Thanksgiving, and Painting by Jane Nicolet, Tiger/Cougar Mtn.

j’s Sweet Potato Bread, Christmas lights on sun porch

I like sweet potatoes baked plain in the microwave sometimes, but for Thanksgiving and Apple Cup and leftovers, I like the gooey version with butter, brown sugar, walnuts and marshmallows. This year I saw a recipe which included a bit of bourbon, no nuts and no marshmallows, so I decided to try it and it … More j’s Sweet Potato Bread, Christmas lights on sun porch

Blackberry Pie & Blackberry Ice Cream for a belated birthday

Coincidences between events and the freezer began last week when I found out that I’d missed the birthday of one of the master gardeners whom I admire. I knew that he is quite fond of my blackberry ice cream and that, between his pie crust and my filling and ice cream, he, his wife and … More Blackberry Pie & Blackberry Ice Cream for a belated birthday

Thanksgiving Joke, Told Yearly, Told Again

While going to graduate school and living for several years in London, Thanksgiving dinner was not neglected by me or other American students and business people. Typically I invited colleagues from S.O.A.S. who came from many different countries and had not experienced our holiday tradition. (Some of the return invitations provided me the experience of … More Thanksgiving Joke, Told Yearly, Told Again