Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls

I may be Irish only by marriage, but that’s reason enough for me to celebrate St Patrick’s Day because (as I’ve mentioned before) I’ll use any excuse to bake something and to have a party!  We’re hosting dinner for friends and family at our house on Friday, and I’ll wear my special St Patrick’s Day shirt, jewelry, and apron. Continue reading “Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls”

Chocolate Pudding Pie with Crunchy Toffee Crust

My family will tell you that I’ll find any excuse to bake.  They may also tell you that I’m a little bit nerdy.  My nerdiness shows up in a variety of ways.  Remember π in geometry in high school; you know, Pi, 3.14, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.   Continue reading “Chocolate Pudding Pie with Crunchy Toffee Crust”

Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I make cakes.  Lots of cakes for various occasions; last month I made three birthday cakes in eight days.  I regularly make yellow cake, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate cake, carrot cake, orange and walnut cake, Louisiana crunch cake, almond cake, brown sugar crumb cake, chiffon cake, apple walnut cake, Caribbean rum cake, red velvet cake, etc. etc. etc.  Notice anything missing here?  Yep, no white cake.  I honestly cannot remember the last time I made a white cake.  Weird, huh? Continue reading “Moist White Layer Cake With Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting”

Louisiana Crunch Cake with Pecans and Coconut

As I mentioned in a previous post, I love to research and make regional recipes, but I have to admit that I also have a thing for New Orleans and Mardi Gras.  That led me to start making King Cakes (possible future post) a number of years ago and to host Mardi Gras parties for as many as eighteen people for several years.   Continue reading “Louisiana Crunch Cake with Pecans and Coconut”

Food Processor Birthday Carrot Cake

Homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is really good and it’s a favorite for birthdays in our family.  But frankly, I used to inwardly groan when anyone asked for carrot cake because it meant I had to hand shred a pound of carrots.  I will never again mind it, however, because now I make food processor birthday carrot cake. Continue reading “Food Processor Birthday Carrot Cake”

Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread

It’s February, and February not only means Valentine’s Day, but it also means that the Florida strawberry season–which runs from December through April–is in full swing.  We live about 50 miles from Plant City, “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”, but this time of year you’ll find Florida strawberries in grocery stores nearly everywhere in the USA under different brand names. Continue reading “Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread”

Blender Brazilian Cheese Puffs

I’m fascinated by the foods of other cultures and I can happily spend days researching authentic ethnic menus and recipes to create a special meal for family and guests.  A few years ago I did just that when Joe and I invited good friends over for a Brazilian dinner and today’s recipe came about as a result of that dinner. Continue reading “Blender Brazilian Cheese Puffs”

Easy Beach Pie

I love discovering regional and/or vintage recipes so when I recently read about a pie that was once served at many restaurants along North Carolina’s Atlantic coast, I started researching its history. If you’re dreaming of hot sun, blue water, white sandy beaches, and palm trees, this recipe for easy beach pie is just what you need—without packing a suitcase or waiting in a line at the airport. Continue reading “Easy Beach Pie”

Fig Bars with Oats and Walnuts

Happy New Year to everyone!  I’ve been baking a lot for the past few weeks but you haven’t seen any posts from me because I was always in too much of a hurry to take photos.  I have a goal to do 52 posts in 2017 and I’m starting with these delicious fig bars with oats and walnuts. Continue reading “Fig Bars with Oats and Walnuts”