Rustic Plum & Cardamom Polenta Cake

Never admit mistakes in the kitchen. That was Julia Child’s policy. The famous chef was known for making a few errors herself, but she never apologized. She simply found ways around the various hiccups. During one such mishap on television, Julia failed to flip her potatoes at the right time and they promptly apart. Instead […]

Spiced Apple Oatmeal Cookies

For a baker, the annual Christmas cookie exchange is a highly anticipated event. Not only is it an excuse to whip out your mixer, it’s also the perfect occasion for trying out a new recipe. After all,  you’re guaranteed a large group of hungry test tasters! Since the Christmas season is typically filled with rich, […]

Pumpkin Molasses Cookies

Remember when the whisper snowfall used to stir up excitement?  When falling flurries brought a day free of school and full of wintery fun?  Snow was pure magic then.  But now, winter weather tends to bring more worry than wonderment.  Instead of sleds and snowmen, flurries bring traffic and stress.  One snow day suddenly becomes […]

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

Happy Thanksgiving! Or maybe I should first start off by saying “Hello, again!” This year, I am thankful the little things: the support of family, the love of friends, the comfort of home, and the ability to bake again! Yes, I know, that last one is definitely simplistic. Let me explain. This past August, I […]

Coconut Zucchini Bread

Vegetables for dessert. Seems almost like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But, then again, is zucchini actually a vegetable? Botanically speaking, summer squash such as zucchini is the mature ovary of a flower, including the seeds and protective covering. That makes it a fruit.  But under this same definition, tomatoes, cucumbers, even tree nuts are also […]