Pumpkin Cake With Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cake With Molasses Cream Cheese FrostingThis frosting is the best baking idea I’ve had in like a year.  I’m sort of over pumpkin honestly so when I got a hankering for a cozy fall cake, I didn’t really know where to turn.  I’m not an apple gal and carrot cake is made of vegetables.  And nuts.  And raisins.  Come on. Continue reading “Pumpkin Cake With Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting”

Pawpaw Ice Cream

 

Pawpaw Ice Cream

Pawpaw is the super-yummy native fruit most people have never heard of.  It is the largest fruit native to North America and grows abundantly in midwestern forests.  It’s the only fruit in its family that grows in our temperate climate.  The rest, like the custard apple, are tropical.

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Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

Soft Chai Snickerdoodles

I used to work for a wedding photographer back in the day, before digital photography was a thing.  He was very eccentric, had a lot of odd habits and some very strong opinions.  He once leapt from a moving train that had gone express mid-route to avoid being late to class.  He woke up the next day in the hospital with a nasty head injury then ran a marathon 3 days later.  To save time while eating he would mash entire slices of bread into dense balls he called “cowboy bread” which he washed down with as much milk as he could safely drink in one sitting.  He was unapologetically hostile towards new trends in photography, such as color film.  He was fond of saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  I thought he was a curmudgeon and a bit daft at the time but it turns out that’s exactly how I feel when it comes to the almighty PUMPKIN SPICE. Continue reading “Soft Chai Snickerdoodles”

Chewy Molasses Cookies

Chewy Molasses Cookies

I know I said that the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies were my baby.  But now I have a new baby and it’s these Chewy Molasses Cookies.  At first I was worried that I wouldn’t love the Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies as much once I posted these, but it turns out there’s enough love in my heart for both.  My heart grew, as did my waistline. Continue reading “Chewy Molasses Cookies”

Grapefruit Curd

Grapefruit Curd

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect IPA-inspired dessert.  Spoiler alert:  this post is not about that dessert because I’m still mulling it over and tinkering and drinking beer for research.  But I know a few things about this mythical sweet.  It must have hops.  It must have conifers.  And it must have grapefruit.  My love for lemon curd borderlines on fetish, so I thought grapefruit curd had to be even better.

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Carmelized Spruce Syrup

During all those walks around the neighborhood gathering violets and dandelions for jelly, I started to notice that baking inspiration literally grows on trees around here.  There are lilacs, redbuds and magnolias galore.  They all have edible parts but I was all flowered out.  Then I happened to see a post from Once Upon A Weed about spruce syrup and remembered there’s a spruce growing in the parkway just a few blocks from here.  It’s about 40 feet tall and absolutely covered in itty-bitty spruce tips. Continue reading “Carmelized Spruce Syrup”

Weezy’s Honey Cake

 

I love my little weirdos.  All of my three kids have special talents and hilarious quirks.  My son has an insane amount of energy, charm, musical ability and dramatic flair.  If the entire cast of a cruise ship musical production could be crammed into one person, that would be Simon on a slow day.  My middle daughter, Ramona, is artistic, soulful and passionate.  Her art teacher once told me, “She’s like a conduit, the ideas and inspiration just pour out of her.”  I wish this were a kids’ art blog because she is truly gifted. Continue reading “Weezy’s Honey Cake”

Lemon Blackberry Cake with Matcha Marshmallow Frosting

Mother’s Day is just around the corner.  Last year I decided to forego the fancy brunches and forced outings and just spent some time working on a cake that pleased my palate.  And my palette!  I wanted something light and tart paired with something unexpected.  Something that could be made and assembled quickly but still look and taste impressive. Continue reading “Lemon Blackberry Cake with Matcha Marshmallow Frosting”

Strawberry-Matcha Meringues

Strawberry-Matcha MeringuesI’m founding a local chapter of the PWHGCMOM’s, that’s People Who Have Gone Completely Mental Over Meringues.  I am pretty sure meetings will be well-attended and sticky and borderline diabetic.  Meringues are just the best.   Continue reading “Strawberry-Matcha Meringues”