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Peach Muffins

The other day when I was at Trader Joe’s, I noticed the most unusual fruit in the freezer department. Now, when it comes to fruit, I always like to have fresh on hand for eating and frozen on hand for baking. After all – it can be difficult to get wild blueberries (which I adore in all kinds of cakes, muffins and scones) in January. ... Read More »

Sour Cream Streusel Coffee Cake

I like a good superlative as much as the next person, but I’m not one to throw around words like “amazing” and “the best” lightly when it comes to a recipe. In fact, I probably wouldn’t use them myself to describe this particular coffee cake. I will say, however, that the lucky people who got to sample this used those exact words to describe this ... Read More »

Flourless Chocolate Mini Cakes

heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake

¬†Flourless chocolate cake is a little bit overdone. And by “a little,” I actually mean “quite a lot.” It was the hottest dessert that a restaurant could serve for a while, but now it has fallen back into a comfortable, but permanent, position beside cheesecake on almost every single dessert menu. That said, the reason that it became a dessert menu-staple is that flourless chocolate ... Read More »

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red velvet cake is one of my favorite types of cake. It is a buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa – just enough for flavor, not enough to make it “chocolate cake” – that has a gorgeous red hue. The red, in theory, comes from the interaction between baking soda and cocoa powder, but to get the bright red color that the cake is ... Read More »

Sour Cream Lemon Shortbread Bars

Since I love lemon, you might think that I love lemon bars. Unfortunately, this is not true. More often than not, lemon bars are just plain awful. The lemon filling is usually either gummy or too gelatinous and the base is almost always bland, soggy or both. The lemon flavor is rarely as clear as it could be and, while lemon bars shouldn’t be as ... Read More »

Chipotle Guacamole and other dips

Normally, I wouldn’t crosspost something here and at Slashfood, but I am so enamored of some of the dips that I have done for the Super Bowl Dip of the Day feature that I couldn’t resist getting them out where they can be seen (and hopefully enjoyed!) by the maximum possible number of people. This is a twist on guacamole. Ordinarily, I use a bit ... Read More »

Chai Latte Muffins

I usually have a small jar of pumpkin pie spice sitting around. It’s easy to make, but in the morning it is very convenient to have some ready to go when I want to spice up my oatmeal on a chilly morning. A few weeks ago, I picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s and was very surprised to discover that it tasted nothing like ... Read More »

Pecan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

The only problem that I have with loaf cakes/breads is in choosing the pan size. I tend to prefer using my 8×4 inch pan because I like the higher rise, but the 9×5 inch size is slightly more common and I often feel pressured to write my recipes for that particular pan. Pressure or no, however, I usually just go ahead and use the pan ... Read More »

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