Last week, the food blogging world lost one of it’s brightest stars, Joan Hayes of Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Today is National Chocolate Day, so in honor of Joan, many of us are posting chocolate recipes.
This is a reworked recipe from the days when I baked for a Jewish temple women’s group in the early 1990s. Not being Jewish, I had never had honey cake until I was asked to bake 40 loaves. I had a hankering for some this year, so I made this Gluten-Free Honey Cake.
Lemon Loaf Cake is a sweet and sour quick bread that can serve as dessert, breakfast or snack.
One day, a few years after I married my husband, he mentioned how much he’d like a slice of his sister’s lemon cake. It was the first time I had heard that his sister even had a lemon cake. What was this delectable sounding concoction of which my husband was dreaming? I immediately wrote a letter to my sister-in-law asking for the recipe. I am old enough and have been married long enough that snail mail was the “in” way to communicate back then. Once I got my hot little hands on the recipe, this Lemon Loaf Cake quickly became a staple in our dessert line-up. Continue reading →
Turn traditional cinnamon rolls into memorable Christmas Tree Cinnamon Twists!So many of us serve cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. I thought it was just my family, but then I married into The Good Guy’s family and realized that it was a much more wide-spread tradition. As I have grown older and talked with friends about their holidays, it seems like many people serve something sweet while presents are being opened. So, after I found a photo of a Christmas tree shaped cinnamon roll with no directions, I set about fixing that problem. This Christmas Tree Cinnamon Twist is sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces!
Easy Garlic Knots are just the ticket for weeknight dinners or for last minute holiday gatherings.
It’s easy enough to slice up a loaf of bread and slap some butter on it, but when you want to impress your diners, you want something a little more special…like these easy Garlic Knots. No one will know that they are made from refrigerated biscuit dough!. Continue reading →
My brother was recently diagnosed with adult onset Type 1 Diabetes. It’s a bit of a shock, because I always thought it would be me or my other brother that got it, because our body types run more like my father’s side of the family and that’s where the Diabetes lurks. As he starts adjusting to what this means for him, I want to help make some of the transition easier for him. Continue reading →
These are so quick and easy to make. Warm with a slice of ham, they make a great sandwich. Warm with a little butter, they make a great snack. I like biscuits warm. Anyway, the original recipe for these biscuits has been around forever. You will see a similar recipe in most community cookbooks. The surprise ingredient is lemon-lime soda pop. Continue reading →
With the holidays literally just around the corner, I hope you are getting lots of gift ideas from the cookbook reviews I have been doing. Or maybe you are making a list for what you want to add to your own cookbook library. Either way, here is another book that you may want to put on that list. The author, Jessica Fisher, is a fellow blogger and frugal mama whose busy life has led her to budgeting her time and utilizing her freezer. In fact, I used to link up to her “ultimate recipe swap” year ago at Life As Mom. Continue reading →
When I set out to start doing cookbook reviews on a more regular basis, I contacted many publishers to see what the interest would be in my doing reviews for them. I was overwhelmed by the positive response! One of the lesser known publishers I contacted was American Traveler Press. They not only have a fun and unique set of cookbooks, but their catalog also includes Old West books, ghost books, field guides and travel books. As an old Arizona girl, I had a great time looking through their catalog. Continue reading →
Long time readers will remember that my grandmother ran a restaurant out of her home in the 1950s. It was by reservation only. No one could just show up and expect a seat. By doing this, Mamie always knew approximately how much food to make. She offered menu choices to the person making the reservation and everything was pre-ordered. When guests arrived and were seated, they were brought these Apricot Butterhorns instead of regular rolls and butter. Continue reading →
When strawberries come on, my family expects three things: to eat a lot of them straight out of the package, to have homemade jam on their toast, and to see a few fresh strawberry pies after dinner. I am more than happy to oblige their expectations, but sometimes my need to expand my repertoire overcomes my desire to keep up tradition. That and the fact that I don’t always plan ahead like I should worked together to delay this year’s pie. So, when my little girl said, “let’s make strawberry cake, Mom,” I jumped at the idea and ran with it. Continue reading →
We are coming to the end of Chocolate month. I will be sad to see it go. However, there are still a few more days left and the last are certainly not the least. Today, Teri from The Freshman Cook is here. I have “known” Teri for a long while. She comes and plays with the Improv Challenge often, rising to the fun of creating something new out of the two assigned ingredients. Don’t let the title of her blog fool you. She isn’t the Freshman. She writes for the new cook. She has a lot of experience and it shows in her dishes.
This is the first gluten free item I ever made. I had switched over about a week previously and seriously had about reached my limit. I had eaten potatoes and rice over and over, but I was craving some kind of bread product. At that point I had not realized that pancakes would save my sanity. I needed something and I needed it baaaaad! Luckily, I had been to the library and found 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes by Carol Fenster. If you have to go gluten free, it’s the first cookbook I recommend you look at. I ended up getting my own copy for my ipad. Now I can happily read recipes while waiting. (Waiting is one of the top three things parents of teenagers do… but that’s another post entirely). Continue reading →
This breakfast treat is brought to you courtesy of the Marx Foods’ “Beans for Breakfast” contest. I was sent three bags of beans: adzuki, marrow and mayacoba (canary). My challenge was to come up with an original breakfast recipe using said beans. Continue reading →