There is nothing much cozier than an apple crisp on a cold night. I was planning to make an apple dessert for my friend's birthday in November, because that's one of her favorite dessert-genres. I saw Julia Turshen's Apple Crisp recipe, and since I love her recipes I knew it would be delicious. I added … Continue reading Cozy Apple Crisp
Honoring MLK with Millionaire Shortbread
A longstanding tradition in our home is honoring MLK Day with some reading, discussions, and dessert. We ponder Dr. King's work and legacy and consider what is ours to do to carry on the work of racial justice and equity. This quote (above) is one that I have seen less frequently quoted, but I find so powerful and critical in this moment in time: "We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity."
5 Stars For This Blueberry Loaf
Last spring my neighbor gave me a loaf of this Blueberry “Bread” as a thank you for helping her with some carpool duties. I loved the loaf and promptly asked for the recipe for the Blueberry Cake. She replied that it was actually Blueberry Bread. (It’s bread in the way that Banana Bread is Bread- but it’s … Continue reading 5 Stars For This Blueberry Loaf
Carrot Cake: No Matter What
Last month was my 50th birthday and my husband continued his tradition of baking a cake of my choice for me. This carrot cake was this year's pick. It was incredible. I flagged the page in my King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion Cookbook for the recipe. This is my favorite Carrot Cake recipe. It's dense … Continue reading Carrot Cake: No Matter What
Lovely Lemon Cake- A Dessert for All Seasons
The weather here in Tennessee is erratic- one day hot and muggy, another day rainy and stormy, then a chilly day, and more than likely a week later it's mild and lovely. It's hard to keep up. At my home, we check the weather channel & step outside to determine what to wear...and then dress … Continue reading Lovely Lemon Cake- A Dessert for All Seasons
Caramel Apples- Autumn is Near & Braces Are Off!
Lucy got her braces off and we celebrated with corn on the cob (Elote style) and caramel apples- two foods that aren’t possible with braces! I wanted to make real caramel rather than store bought, but I always struggle with getting it to stay on the apples. Braces Off Day! Elote! I wanted to spend time … Continue reading Caramel Apples- Autumn is Near & Braces Are Off!
Fruit Pizza Cookies
When I was a kid we would sometimes make Fruit Pizza, which was basically a "crust" made out of a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough rolled into a round pizza pan, topped with "sauce" made out of a sweetened cream cheese mixture, topped with cut fruit. It was fun and pretty and yummy. The … Continue reading Fruit Pizza Cookies
Eton Mess: A Recent Introduction to an English Classic
There is nothing like food, in my opinion, to transport you to another place. Whether it is a food memory from a place I've been that lodges so deeply in my mind, or whether it is a food that is shared locally by a person from a far off land as an introduction to their … Continue reading Eton Mess: A Recent Introduction to an English Classic
TikTok Cooking Inspiration: Chocolate Krinkle Cookies
I don’t understand TikTok. It entered my life a couple of years ago through my niece and daughter setting up their phones in random spots (in the kitchen, in the target aisle, in the park) to video record dance sequences and lip sync. They would do said dance moves while at the dinner table, while … Continue reading TikTok Cooking Inspiration: Chocolate Krinkle Cookies
Italian Citrus Cake (A.K.A Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake)
This cake is a great one. It is simple and versatile; special yet easy. It's an Olive Oil Cake from the Italian restaurant, Maialino in New York City. (Though I have never experienced this firsthand.) A couple of summers ago my friend Carly brought this incredibly moist, citrus-infused cake to book club. She served it … Continue reading Italian Citrus Cake (A.K.A Maialino’s Olive Oil Cake)