Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread

Everyone loves banana bread, right?  My Mom’s banana bread recipe is something of a legend in our family and a while back I gussied it up and posted my recipe for Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread.   Then last month, Valley Fig Growers  invited me to compete in an Instagram photo contest.  They sent me two free bags of dried figs to use in their recipe for California fig banana bread and I decided to turn my entry into dessert by topping it with ice cream and drizzling my favorite butterscotch caramel sauce over the top. Continue reading “Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread”

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I love quick bread recipes because they’re so…well, quick!  When you need to round out a meal but you don’t have time for a yeast bread recipe, you could make corn muffins or a rye loaf, but for those of you who love a good biscuit, here’s my copycat version of Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits that’s easy to make and jam-packed full of flavor.  Continue reading “Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits”

Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent

Hot cross buns are a traditional treat for Easter weekend that originated in England.  When I was researching them I found lots of interesting history and superstitions.  For instance, hot cross buns were said to last a year without spoiling if they were baked on Good Friday; they were thought to cure illness and protect from evil spirits; Continue reading “Hot Cross Buns With An English Accent”

American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday this year so I suspect that there’ll be more than the usual green apparel, green rivers, green beer, and shenanigans all over the country, but Joe and I will follow our long-standing tradition of celebrating at home with family and friends and enjoying our own version of corned beef and cabbage.  Last year I made 4-leaf clover rolls, but usually I make a traditional “everyday” kind of Irish soda bread to go with our dinner, so this year I decided to change it up and make an American-style soda bread.  Continue reading “American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day”

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”

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”

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”

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 the research for that dinner. Continue reading “Blender Brazilian Cheese Puffs”