Vegan Carrot, Ginger, Black Sesame Loaf

Vegan Carrot, Ginger, Black Sesame Loaf

It’s Fall!  For me, the baker, the best time for exploring all the possibilities with my favorite (or nearly favorite) root vegetable.  CARROTS! OK, who doesn’t love carrot cake?  Yeah…but all that rich icing is always a big challenge to me.  Personally, the best part of the cake….is the CAKE! So, onto the ultimate search […]

Peach-Almond Cake

Peach-Almond Cake

So, what do you do with a bowl full of really ripe peaches? Smoothies?  There’s only one of me…peaches will go bad!!! Cobbler? Nah! Too sweet!  Muffins? Nah! Too much fat! I’ve got it!  Peach-Almond Cake!  The best of all worlds. Not too sweet, definitely moist, definitely delicious and fruity. Around here peaches are just magnificent this […]

Banana Nut Bread Made Easy!

Banana Nut Bread Made Easy!

Last week, my ‘greats’ nephews and niece spent the week with me.  Drew the oldest is eleven, Ben and Maggie, twins are 8.  Needless to say, they were a big, loveable, adventurous, energetic joy!  My little house may never be the same….but then, I’m pretty happy about that too!  So much so, that I invited them […]

Lemon, Honey & Thyme Sorbet

Lemon, Honey & Thyme Sorbet

I’m in love with lemons!  Lemonade, lemon cookies, lemon pound cake, lemon bars, lemon in my iced tea….and the list goes on. And when I see a great lemon recipe, I’ll print it off and look forward to whipping up a batch of lemony-goodness in some form. Recently, I came across another food blog all the […]

Biscochitos para Cinco de Mayo

Biscochitos para Cinco de Mayo

Wish I could remember enough of my Spanish to compose this blog in that romantic language…alas no recuerdo! Good thing for all of you, I do remember how to make these fantastic Mexican cookies called a Biscochito.  This cookie is the perfect union of melt-in-your-mouth, shortbread-style yumminess flavored with anise and cinnamon.  Not too sweet, not too rich….just the perfect little […]

Iced Lemon Jumbles

Iced Lemon Jumbles

My interest in cookies began many decades ago as I explored the unusual pastry recipes that were developed during the 17th and 18th centuries. Those early bakers didn’t have all the modern conveniences we now think of as commonplace.  Instead, they used their ingenuity to explore shapes and textures. These Iced Lemon Jumbles are a modern […]

A Deli and a Coconut Macaroon

A Deli and a Coconut Macaroon

A Deli and a Coconut Macaroon Cleveland is a city of great ethnic diversity.  And one of the greatest treasures brought to our community from the Eastern Europeans is the classic delicatessen.  And, to find myself only a few blocks from one of the most popular delis in the city must mean I’m guided by […]

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW? From our first business day, March 6, 2006, we have produced our delicious cookies and brownies with only the freshest, natural ingredients.  We are very happy to brag on the fact that our sweet treats have all the same wonderful ingredients you would find in your own cupboards. AND, no trans-fats! While […]

What? No more Downton Abbey?

What? No more Downton Abbey?

For the last six years, the Crawley family and their household have been part of my Sunday evening ritual. And, for six or seven weeks of each year, I’m devoted to all things English…especially aristocratic pursuits. Certainly, you’ll not find me chasing a hound, or dining with the ton in Covent Gardens, but you may find […]

‘Joe Froggers!’ Fall cookies with great tradition!

This “Fall Cookies” blog post first appeared in November 2013 About 10 years ago, a great pastry chef, Nancy Baggett came into my life.  She was on a book tour and was demonstrating ‘cookie baking’ with recipes from her book , The All American Cookie Book.  And, my cookie obsession began.  Happily, I’m laying my […]