Walnut Cake

Thought I ‘d try Carla Hall’s recipe for her Walnut Cake, caught it on a day time tv program called the Chew, a program I do like but since I next to never watch day time t.v.  miss it most of the time, except this one day when Carla was demonstrating this cake recipe.  Lucky…

Old School Pineapple Upside Down Cake

There is everything to love about this simple satisfying cake. It turns out of the pan complete with fragrant caramelly, lusciousness on top. Nothing more to do but eat- especially while it’s still warm! I used a cast iron skillet here but a cake pan will work too of course. I started by melting about…

Did I mention that I LOVE Scones?

No?  Well I do! This morning I didn’t have any bread- because I didn’t make any yesterday- so I made scones. It’s fast, in 23 minutes they are made, baked and on your plate. The time-saving is not rolling them out and cookie cutting them. I pat the whole dough into one large disk on…

Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic old school cookies for sure but that’s the great thing about good classics, they never lose their appeal. I’ve been making these for years and they never disappoint, with a perfect crisp/chewiness that melts in your mouth. This recipe made just over 100 cookies using a 1 oz scoop, a size I prefer as…

Ginger Cookies

I’ve been making these Ginger Cookies since 2001 so this should be a clear indication that this  is a keeper. I found the recipe when I worked as a baker at a fishing lodge in Ketchikan Alaska, which means I had to make a lot of cookies! That being the case this full recipe delivers…

Dad’s Fudge

When I and my siblings grew up and had families of our own one thing we looked forward to during the Solstice Season was the gift of a heavy small box from our dad. Inside was the velvety chocolate, walnut studded, once a year indulgence of his homemade fudge. And every year, after having a…

Chocolate and Spice and Everything Nice

The Mexicans know a thing or two about peppers and chocolate, like the amazing Mole’s for example.  And also know these two ingredients have a pretty good working relationship when coming together in a sweet treat like these cookies. These are SO good. You got chocolate, crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds, finishing salt, set against…

Almond Biscotti

This is one of my favorite holiday cookies that I make every year at this time. The varieties of Biscotti are open to countless interpretations but since I always have almonds in my freezer I can put this recipe together without buying special ingredients.  Of course this recipe can be tweaked to substitute pistachios, or hazelnuts,…

Chocolate Brownie Cookie

Everyone should know how to make a cookie. Have you seen what they charge for Oreos?! Now I don’t necessarily wish to take issue with that iconic cookie, it definitely has its place but to buy Oatmeal or Chocolate Chip Cookies when they are so easy and economical to whip up? Tsk. I used to…

Apple Bread- or cake, whichever- It’s a scrumptious fall treat

I lOVE APPLES! Eating  them fresh, cooked into savory or in sweet things they absolutely possess culinary flex in spades. The recipe here I found back in the mid eighties while working as the breakfast chef at a B&B and have kept making it ever since. It is a simple quick bread so a flash…