How to make a moist cake

  “So, what kind of cake does he want for his birthday?”   “Hang on, I’ll ask…. He says he wants a ‘moist’ cake.”   Pause while I process this. “Like a pudding cake?”   “No. Just a moist cake.”   “A moist cake. As in a cake that isn’t dried out?”   “Yes.”   “When I said ‘what kind of cake’ I actually wanted ... Read More »

Champagne Chiffon Cake

champagne cake

The other day I was perusing the champagne selection at my local market, trying to decide not only which bottle to buy, but to figure out what dessert I should serve with it for New Year’s. I couldn’t decide on either count when it struck me: why not put champagne into the dessert? From that point, it didn’t take long for me to pick out ... Read More »

Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes

Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes

When was the last time you made a triple-layer cake? It seems like most layer cake recipes (with a few exceptions) produce only a double-layer dessert. It makes you wonder if some cookbook authors think that three layers of cake is a bit too much for most home bakers to handle – a ridiculous thought if there ever was one, as it never hurts to have a ... Read More »

Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

lemon curd tart, sliced

Tis the season for meyer lemons, one of my favorite citrus fruits to use in the kitchen. The lemons are actually a hybrid fruit, a combination of mandarins and traditional lemons. They have been cultivated for years, though they have dramatically risen in the public awareness over the past couple of years. The popularity is due to a unique property of these lemons: they have ... Read More »

Food Network’s top 100 of 2007

For all you Food Network fans out there, the station has put up a list of their Top 100 recipes of 2007 on their website. Reading through it is a bit like watching several hours of programming in under a few minutes. Both #1 and #2 on the list are macaroni and cheese – one baked, one not – and others in the top 10 ... Read More »

Sugar Cookie Tart Crust

  Traditional pie and tart crusts are great, no doubt about it. They’re tasty and work with just about every kind of tart filling you might imagine. But as much as I like them (and like making them), I also like variety and always have an eye out for alternative crusts that will work well with particular tarts. This crust is a sugar cookie crust. ... Read More »

What was in your stocking?

mini kitchen

I confess that I have to ease back into regularly scheduled posting today. That post-holiday haze – the feeling of lazy contentment lasts for at least a day after stuffing yourself with a huge dinner, cookies, candy canes and hot chocolate, opening presents and chatting with those close to you – is not only tough to shake, but is actually pretty enjoyable. I’m moving the holiday ... Read More »

Merry Christmas 2007

Hallmark puts out lots and lots of collectible ornaments every year catering to specific interests and hobbies. A few seasons ago, they started offering baking/cooking ornaments and, not unexpectedly, family members started buying them for me. This year, they have grilling and cooking/kitchen ornaments, but I think my favorite is the one pictured above, which is from last Christmas. The ornament is a tree-shaped shelf ... Read More »

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