You know how you sometimes see little brown specks in baked goods, custards or frostings? No, those aren’t dirt from a careless chef…they’re something wonderful that adds a delicious flavor to all they touch: real vanilla bean seeds. Vanilla beans can be expensive and messy, but they’re oh so worth the effort…the flavor they impart… Continue reading Bean seeing you
Do you love a good challenge? After all, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason. The tried-and-true is safe, a known quantity, and yet…sometimes a challenge can be appealing. That can-I-pull-this-off-even-if-it-hasn’t-worked-before feeling can propel me into trying something new or trying something once more in the hopes of a better result. It’s how we… Continue reading Pop to it
I read a lot of food blogs, and their Pinterest-perfect presentations often inspire and challenge me. One such recipe was for a Checkerboard Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I had been intrigued as to how it was made, and when I saw that the steps looked easy enough, I decided to give it a go. And… Continue reading Check(erboard) your cake
Hey Canada, why have you been holding out on me? I mean, yes, growing up in Southern California I didn’t have much contact with your delectable treats (maple syrup being the exception), but my husband lived in Vancouver for a short time when he was a boy, and he neglected to tell me about them.… Continue reading To Canada from Boston with love
Ha! You thought I was going to write about oranges, didn't you? Well, I'm here to tell you that you're...er...actually not wrong. I will mention oranges, but that's not my main focus. Instead, let's talk cranberries. Fresh cranberries are readily available in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and on through the December holidays, but… Continue reading Orange you glad
I had a baking frenzy last week. Not only did I bake 3 pies and pumpkin bread (and even a pumpkin challah!) for Thanksgiving dinner, two days later we held an engagement party for my older daughter and future son-in-law for our family in California. We expected about 50 people, and while I was going… Continue reading Lattice be friends
This post was supposed to be about making Whiskey Fudge. I wanted to show that, with a little time and patience, you can make fudge without using sweetened condensed milk (you know, that overly sweet and overly processed stuff you find in a can). And including the whiskey? Well, it’s a crossover of the two… Continue reading Oh, fudge!
Generally speaking, I love to bake. Yes, there can be pitfalls, from mismeasured ingredients to overheated (or underheated) ovens, but more often than not things turn out well. (Side note: at some point I plan to do a post about kitchen fails…that should be fun!). Candy making is a whole other ball o’wax…if baking is… Continue reading Watch that dial!
This time of year always reminds me of beginnings. Yes, I know it's not even close to New Year's, but for me September is filled with new pencils, shiny lunch boxes, and packages of college-ruled lined notebook paper. It doesn't matter how old my girls get...if it's their first day of school, they know I… Continue reading A Honey of a Cake