Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Pic of my Pillsbury Bakeoff entry: Red, White and Blue Upside Down Cake

Red raspberries, blueberries and white cake. Gorgeous? You bet. Upside down cakes, particularly the pineapple variety, are an American tradition. I’m personally not a huge fan of the pineapple ones, as they tend to be too sweet. Of course, I’ve never made one myself and when you can tailor something to your individual tastes it does tend to improve. These types of cakes have a ... Read More »

Cherry Pie

I learned a few things about cherry pie yesterday. First, my crust was incredibly flakey and browned very well with an egg-white wash and generous sprinkling of coarse sugar. Second, frozen cherries work very well when you don’t have time to pit 2 pounds of fresh cherries. I used sweet cherries and reduced the sugar called for by most recipes from 1 cup to 1/2 ... Read More »

Jellied Root Beer Floats

Thank you elise for picking such a great theme. Gelatin really set me off on a series of recipes that I wouldn’t ordinarily have made. Beyond making Jello as a child, rather poorly, I might add, I had no experience with gelatin before this event. I seem to be a bit hooked at the moment, though. Gelatin is very easy to work with and can ... Read More »

Pic of Rice to the Rescue Contest entry

Yesterday was the deadline for the USA Rice Federation‘s Rice to the Rescue Contest. I read about this in my local paper a few weeks ago. It essentially involves creating a recipe with 6 or fewer ingredients, one of which is to be either one cup of uncooked rice or three cups of cooked rice, that takes no more than 30 minutes to cook/assemble. I ... Read More »

Orange Julius

How lovely for Foodgoat to announce this month’s Is-My-Blog-Burning theme as orange. I, rather appropriately, chose to use both the color and the fruit in my entry. I also chose to relive a childhood treat by making an Orange Julius at home. An Orange Julius is a cold, frothy orange drink. It is thinner than a smoothie, but thicker and creamier than plain orange juice. ... Read More »

Sunday Brunch: Sourdough Waffles

I know that I have posted about making waffles before, but I think that I finally have the waffle bases covered. Not to say that I won’t be making more waffles, but I will speculate that unless I have a startling waffle revelation – which isn’t impossible – I will probably stick to these recipes for plain, buttermilk and soudough waffles. dskbook recommended to me ... Read More »

A word of advice

If you need to buy a cake for a man’s 24nd birthday, do not buy a Spongebob Squarepants birthday cake. There is something fundamentally odd about doing so – particularly when the birthday boy in question isn’t a fan of the cartoon and there is no “inside joke” about the cartoon that would give you a good reason for using it as a cake theme. ... Read More »

Super Bowl Prep

Super Bowl parties require a bit of forethought – particularly if you would rather watch the game with your friends instead of cooking. I try to get as much done beforehand as possible, meaning that I baked all the desserts and mixed up the dips yesterday, leaving only chili and chicken wings for today. I went with oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip blondies. Classics. ... Read More »

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