Bread of the Month: Falling for a cider-flavored loaf

By August, after a long summer, I’m beginning to crave a taste of fall. Not in the pumpkin spice sort of way (did those PSL’s come out even earlier this year?), but more in the direction of an apple kind of craving.

I saw a recipe for an apple cider loaf cake that . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Falling for a cider-flavored loaf

Cookie of the Month: Having more fun with blondies

My idea of blondies (bar cookies, not actual blondes) was that they were simply chocolate chip cookie dough, spread into a pan and baked. Not necessarily so, as I discovered when I checked into recipes for them. Had I ever really made an actual blondie? I realized I had not.

My recipe came . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Having more fun with blondies

Bread of the Month: Picking peaches for ‘cobbler’ muffins

I started seeing peach cobbler recipes everywhere not long ago, even in my dreams. While a true peach cobbler is definitely on my horizon (it ranks at the top of all cobblers for me), I settled on a little twist —  in the form of a muffin — to tide me over.

We are . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Picking peaches for ‘cobbler’ muffins

Cookie of the Month: Winning with four ingredients

I’ve written before about how peanut butter was the nutritional foundation of my youth. For a time, early on, it’s all I would eat. My mother, concerned about my gaunt frame and lack of interest in other foods, took me to the doctor. “All she wants to eat is peanut butter,” she told him, . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Winning with four ingredients

Bread of the Month: Celebrating strawberries, streusel in a scone

I would wager that, in the spring, when grocery shoppers across this country get a hankering for strawberry shortcake, strawberry pie, strawberry…anything, that don’t give a moment’s thought to the fact that most of the strawberries they’re buying come from the productive fields of California, from Oxnard to Watsonville.

My mom, Salinas-born, but Kansas-bound, . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Celebrating strawberries, streusel in a scone

Bread of the Month: Weaving a wish for peace

Of all the unrest in recent years, the war in Ukraine has unsettled me significantly. Perhaps it is the timing. As we just seemed to be stepping forward, out of the shadow of a horrifying and destructive pandemic, we began to witness new horrors waged on a particular people, who unnecessarily have been put . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Weaving a wish for peace

Cookie of the Month: ‘Butting’ in for Easter cookies

Bunny butts have weighed “heavily” on my mind for the last year or so.

Having re-entered rabbit parenting after some time away from it (adopting a colorful, fluffy, lively fellow named Zydeco), I’ve become more aware of the popularity of rabbits from their humans who post about them on social media.

One particular “ass-pect” . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: ‘Butting’ in for Easter cookies

Cookie of the Month: Buttering up a recipe repeat

When I consider what the point or theme of my blog is, I can only find one real thing. While others with blogs make clear their theme or niche, I find what my blog is is me, making things I want to make or have always wanted to make. It’s not very focused, . . . → Read More: Cookie of the Month: Buttering up a recipe repeat

Bread of the Month: Changing up soda bread

Every year around St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Soda Bread is on my mind. It’s too bad that it isn’t on my mind more often. Soda bread is tender, tangy, slightly sweet, and served fresh with butter, there isn’t much better.

While traditional soda bread, served as a round loaf with a cross on . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Changing up soda bread

Bread of the Month: Staking a cornmeal claim for ‘Johnnycakes’

Armed with freshly ground cornmeal from a local historic grist mill (see previous blog entry), I pondered ways to use it. I loved a good cornbread, but I had made many pans in my day, so I was up for something different. One Sunday, I Iooked to something cozy and comforting and breakfast-y . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Staking a cornmeal claim for ‘Johnnycakes’