Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen

Joe and I and our daughters have been enjoying a couple of Christmas traditions for over forty years.  The first tradition is that on the weekend following Thanksgiving we put up our Christmas tree and start to decorate our house inside and out, and the second tradition is that a week or so later I make German Christmas stollen.   Continue reading “Delicious Bite-Size German Christmas Stollen”

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing

It’s the weekend after Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving because not only do you get to enjoy great food with family and friends, but because it means that the next day I can start decorating for Christmas AND start baking cookies and German stollen!  Continue reading “Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies For Sharing”

Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is this week and while the turkey usually gets all the attention, I think that no special occasion meal is complete without really good dinner rolls.  My recipe for fluffy soft and buttery make ahead dinner rolls produces incredibly flavorful ones that are also perfect for a casual dinner or for little slider sandwiches with leftover turkey or meatloaf or any other filling.    Continue reading “Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls”

Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins

Whether you live in the Rust Belt or the Sun Belt, soups and stews appear a lot more frequently on our dinner tables after Labor Day, don’t they?  When you have enough time to make it, a yeast bread recipe like honey whole wheat bread is a great addition to a homemade soup meal.  But if it’s a weeknight, you need something you can throw together in a hurry.  When I was growing up, we always had either biscuits or cornbread with soup or stew because they were fast and easy to make and they’re real comfort food; so much better than dry crackers!   Continue reading “Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins”

Wholegrain Cocktail Rye Bread

I love menu planning as much as I love baking and when I start thinking about what we should have for a particular meal, whether it’s a weeknight dinner for the two of us or a special party for twelve, early in the process I take inventory of ingredients I already have on hand and develop the menu using those ingredients to their best advantage. For instance, a few weeks ago we invited some friends over for dinner and as I began to consider various menu options, I immediately decided to use the smoked salmon that we purchased a couple of days earlier. Continue reading “Wholegrain Cocktail Rye Bread”

Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

In a few short weeks, we’ll be leaving home for the summer to escape the Florida heat, humidity, and hurricane season, so I was taking inventory of perishables in the refrigerator and pantry to use up before we leave.   The refrigerator cheese drawer held a pound and a half of cream cheese that provided the perfect excuse to make cheesecake, but in the Tampa/St Pete area we’ve already been having record-shattering temps in the high 90s, therefore I had no desire to turn on the oven.  I decided that making rich and easy no-bake chocolate cheesecake  Continue reading “Rich and Easy No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake”

Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake

We love bananas at our house, but it seems like there are always one or two (or three) that are forgotten behind a loaf of bread or a bag of tortilla chips and they end up all brown and squishy.  When I found two large ones in that sad state I thought about making strawberry banana walnut bread, Continue reading “Luscious Chocolate Swirl Banana Cake”

Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!

On the second level of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I just got home on Wednesday from my bucket-list trip to France and it was fabulous!  I went with our three youngest daughters (Joe and our oldest daughter couldn’t make it).  I’ve wanted to visit France since I was nine years old and–except for the rain and 50°F temps–the trip was everything I hoped it would be. Continue reading “Almond Tea Cake–More Than The Sum Of Its Parts!”

Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo

As everyone knows, a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration includes margaritas, guacamole and tortilla chips, tacos and salsa, enchiladas, and tres leches cake.  In addtion to those great foods, I’d like to suggest that this year you start celebrating in the morning on May 5th (or any morning of the year!) with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and these beautiful Mexican breakfast rolls for Cinco de Mayo Continue reading “Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo”

Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

This year we’re having Easter dinner at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, and my brother asked me to bring dessert.  After considering several possibilities, I decided to make a coconut cake. Continue reading “Sensational Coconut Layer Cake with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting”