chocolate gingerbread cake

Who doesn’t like a good cake? Especially one that combines the best of two important cake flavors; chocolate and gingerbread. I admit a bit of skepticism when I first saw the recipe, but I love chocolate and I adore gingerbread so I took a deep breath and cranked out the recipe. And then over the […]

sugar cookie love

It’s November, so that means one thing in the blogging world.   What’s on YOUR plate for November?? {{And you thought I meant Thanksgiving, didn’t you?}} That’s my cute little badge for NaBloPoMo 2011, which is blog lingo for National Blog Posting Month. You post every day for a month. That’s all it is. It’s […]

wait…. another cake?

Yes. Another cake. Don’t be surprised if I share even more cake with you over time, as I do love a good moist and tender cake. And I’m partial to a Bundt cake, for nostalgia reasons. It’s pretty easy to work with, that shape. You get a nice substantial cake that is easy to slice […]

dark dark molasses cake

There’s something quite elegant about a dark, almost black molasses cake. It’s a hallmark of Fall too, even though really, it’s good any time of year. But the cinnamon and ginger have the warm and tranquil feel of a blazing fire, or a maple tree in full color. They speak their spice words and the […]

Baking to end childhood hunger

Minnesota’s amazing blogging and food community will come together on Saturday May 14th at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis from 11:00AM to 4:00PMĀ in support of Share Our Strength’s campaign to end childhood hunger. The National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, initiated by Gaby of What’s Gaby Cooking? will occur for the second year in a row […]

lemongrass bars

More sugar. Must be winter’s end….. I’ve been lamenting a lack of fresh foods lately. The transition season is approaching rapidly; that between the depths of winter when root vegetables and long slow aromatic braises seem to be the elixir we all need to the first snap of green vegetables that promise warmer days and […]

seeking banana bread perfection

All right, all right…. you don’t want to talk about Winter anymore. I get it. How about we talk Banana Bread? I grew up with regular and repeated doses of good banana bread. How about you? In our house, Mom would watch those bananas closely, and as soon as a few of them turned to […]

seeking a memory

Baking has always been about connections for me, most importantly, to my Mom. I treasure many of the delicious recipes that defined my childhood and love seeing some of those old favorites show up in the multiple blogs I follow. Cookies like Chocolate Crackles, a moist fudgey cake-like cookie with a powdered sugar coating, {photo […]

weekend time

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving. I’ve done my shopping and planning and am ready to cook, and eat and enjoy. I love Thanksgiving, especially the turkey and stuffing. I always buy a huge bird to insure plenty of leftovers, and there’s always a soup in the days after, or a few morning of making crunchy […]

build me up, butternut

(photo from “That’s Yummy”) We’re woefully into November’s gray and flat winter light. The cloud cover expanse across the sky is leaden and heavy and daylight begins to fade around 4:00pm, yet even in the best of midday light, the ability to take a good photo often is a crapshoot. I don’t really mind the […]