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Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, wide angle

It is scorching hot here and to put that heat to good use (i.e. to give me a reason to go outside and leave the air conditioning), I decided to bake up another batch of cookies, using my car as a oven. Baking cookies in a car is very easy and has the added benefit that you don’t heat up your house at all, but ... Read More »

How to choose fruit for grilling

Grilled fruits, pineapple and peaches

Cooking outside when the weather is nice is very appealing, and it’s nice to be able to make dessert while you’re outside – and without heating up the house to bake – so one of the best summertime desserts out there is grilled fruit. Grilling can make fruit sweeter, as it caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, and can make them seem even juicier ... Read More »

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Puffs

Strawberry Mascarpone Cream Puffs

I am flush with strawberries right now. It’s still relatively early in strawberry season, which generally runs from late spring through summer, but the berries I’ve picked up this week have all been sweet and full of flavor. The only problem with having so many strawberries around is that they start to go bad rather quickly, so I try to use them up by adding ... Read More »

Fat Bug Cake Pan

Fat Bug Cake Pan

Most shaped cake pans go for “fancy” or “cute” when it comes to design. The fancy pans include some of the more elaborate bundt pans, the kind that have lots of nooks and crannies that look gorgeous when they are done, but are difficult to get out of the pan. The cute pans include everything from giant sized sandwich cookie pans to pans that produced ... Read More »

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Swiss Roll

A swiss roll is the same thing as a jelly roll: a thin sponge cake that is rolled up into a spiral and filled with a sweet filling of some kind. The cake itself is simple and plain. Unlike butter cakes, which tend to crack or crumble when they are handled a lot, this type of sponge cake is very pliable. It is easy to ... Read More »

Cookies baked in a car and other hot weather favorites

homemade ice blended coffee and a pudding pop

When it gets very hot outside, it’s tempting to turn on the air conditioning and pour a big glass of icy cold lemonade, then simply sit around and enjoy the respite from the heat. I’m all for this approach but there are many other ways to take advantage of the summer heat. I’ve covered a number of my favorites on this site already and decided ... Read More »

Summer Peach Cobbler

Summer Peach Cobbler

As a kid, I wasn’t a big fan of peaches. I didn’t care for the fuzzy skin or the way that I always managed to end up with either a tart and underripe peach or a mealy overripe one. Then, quite by accident, I came across white peaches and my opinion of the peach changed entirely. White peaches (or summerwhite peaches) have lighter colored flesh ... Read More »

Homemade Ice Cream Drumsticks

Homemade Ice Cream Drumstick!

I spent a lot of time at the park when I was little. I did all kinds of things: biking, roller skating, playing soccer and just about any other sport/activity you can think of alone or with my friends. One of my favorite activities – if I had a bit of change in my pocket – was paying a visit to the ice cream truck ... Read More »

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