Ray’s Birthday Cake for Tomorrow

Here is the Hummingbird cake I’ll be making tomorrow for Ray’s 58th birthday. He requested this one and I went to the store today to buy bananas, pecans, flour and crushed pineapple, the ingredients I didn’t have at home. Ray has a serious sweet tooth and this should be just the cake to satisfy it….

5-Star Recipe for Chocolate Butter Cake w/ Buttercream Frosting

Since baking is my coping mechanism for stress, I thought I’d share another recipe. This is from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible, a book I would highly recommend if you love baking cakes. I have tried many of the recipes for cakes and buttercream frostings and they are all delicious. Since I bake with…

When In Need of a Comfort Activity

A comfort activity. That’s what I needed this afternoon while I continue to wait, wait, wait for that telephone call that starts with, “We are on our way to the hospital. Sarah’s in active labor.” Alas, how to fill the time until that call comes? How else? Bake! Don’t ask me why but lately I’ve…

Revisited: 5-Star Gingersnap Recipe

Today I modified America’s Test Kitchen’s recipe for gingersnap cookies to fit into my non-refined sugar criteria. That mean basically just substituting white sugar with maple sugar. The results were excellent. The cookies have a real snap and they are filled with freshly ground ginger for a nice little kick. I’m going out on a…

A 5-Star Orange Cookie Sweetened with Honey or Agave

This is a great tasting holiday cookie recipe that is tried and true. Of course, fresh orange juice from the oranges in our grove would be best, but you can use any oranges you buy in the market. These cookies are light, orangey and delicious. Happy holidays! Orange Cookies Adapted from Rodale’s Naturally Delicious Desserts…

Milk Toast

When I was growing up my dad made me milk toast when I was sick. This consisted of two slices of toasted Mrs. Baird’s bread torn up and placed in a big bowl, then covered with warm milk sweetened with sugar. One pat of butter went on top to add a little extra richness. Milk…

5 Star Orange Cookie Recipe

The recipe below is one that I shared a couple of years ago, but it’s so good it is well worth repeating. These cookies are delicately flavored and not overly sweet. They are very nice with tea. This recipe is adapted from Rodale’s Naturally Delicious Desserts and Snacks by Faye Martin. In my opinion, this…

Repost 5-Star Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Cake

This is one of those recipes that deserves a repost. Here it is. Let me know if you try it. I would love to hear how it worked for you.  This recipe comes from America’s Test Kitchen, and even after I modified it to use agave syrup rather than refined sugar it is still awesome….

5-Star Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had these cookies the other night at a party. They were so good I asked for the recipe. The most surprising thing about them is that they are no-bake. Quick, easy and delicious. Hard to beat that combination. If you try the recipe, please let me know. I would love to hear how they…

Welcome Home for Ray: Honey-Sweetened Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ray is flying in from Texas tonight after a 5 day trip. I know that he appreciates something sweet, so I baked up some homemade oatmeal raisin cookies for him. We don’t eat refined sugar so these are sweetened with honey and agave. I think he will appreciate my efforts. Below is a 4-Star recipe…