I have to admit I never really understood the red velvet cake obsession. I mean, a touch of cocoa in the cake and red food coloring? Why ruin what could be a perfectly good chocolate cake? Continue reading “Red Velvet Cupcakes”
I really shouldn’t make these. Oh, but I do… I made them yesterday and I will have to make them again because they are almost gone now. Ella just reported there are four left then said, “You didn’t hear it from me, but I saw Hailey sneak one earlier.” (Pretty rich coming from the girl who routinely sneaks chocolate then leaves the wrappers on her bedroom floor.) Continue reading “Spritz Cookies”
A crostata (aka galette if you’re in France) is basically a free-form pie that is a little less sweet and a little heavier on crust, both features that suit my tastes well. It’s also easier than pie, literally, and I feel like it doubles as a breakfast pastry. (Okay, I feel like pie doubles as a breakfast pastry too but this really is less sweet.) You can use just about any kind of fruit; apples, berries, cherries, pears… I recently made a sweet/savory one with pluots and figs that I topped with blue cheese and pecans, big hit with the book club. This recipe showcases fresh peaches, in season now! Continue reading “Peach Crostata”
This is Bob’s favorite. I made it for him for Father’s Day and, lucky for him, it’s not the girls’ or my favorite so he got to eat it five nights in a row until it was gone. I actually really liked it too, as did Hailey (Ella opted for ice cream with chocolate syrup), which is saying something because I don’t generally enjoy the texture of cooked cherries. The sweet/tart flavor won me over though as did the buttery cobbler crust. Once I added vanilla ice cream the texture of the cherries was barely an issue. I might even make it for him again someday. He deserves it, he’s a pretty great dad.
What does a girl do when it’s St. Patrick’s day but she’s going to a Japanese themed book club? She makes green tea cookies of course! Buttery and lightly sweet with the distinct flavor of green tea and a good hint of lemon these are rather sophisticated little cookies. They’re not necessarily going to earn raves from the kids, although Hailey really liked them. Ella refused to try them opting instead for a JoeJoe from Trader Joes’s (I knew she’d be mad that I was making cookies she wouldn’t like so I made sure I had back-up. I couldn’t take the drama.) They are perfect, however, for an after dinner treat for a group of lovely ladies such as my book club pals.
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