Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

Banana Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

We always have bananas in our fruit bowl.  Gigi loves to eat  her “nanas” in the morning while catching up with Curious George.  I toss one into my breakfast smoothie along with frozen strawberries, almond butter and whatever else sounds good at the time.   When my family is visiting, my dad takes at least 2 with him to snack on at the casino (or, as we

Grilled Peach Upside Down Cake

Grilled Peach Upside Down Cakes

Every Saturday morning, I make a trip to Trader Joe’s with the intent to stock up on necessities for the week.  Sometimes, things end up in my cart that might not be classified as “a necessity” (tater tots), but for the most part I stick to my list. One of the highlights of late spring / early summer is when I walk into Trader Joe’s

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

Caramelized Apple Cupcakes with Spiced Cider Buttercream

For this post, I am going to take a cue from what is now being called “The Best Emmy Speech of All Time.”  Even if you didn’t watch the telecast (which was somewhat depressing–not only because of the excessive time spent remembering deceased celebrities but because neither Aaron Paul nor Bryan Cranston won awards for their work in “Breaking Bad”), you have likely seen footage

May the Frosting Be With You — Star Wars Cake and the Jedi Master of Chocolate Cakes

Star Wars Cake

A funny thing happened on my way to relocating my blog from Typepad to WordPress:  I found a few old posts that I had started, but never finished.  They were just hanging out in the blogosphere black hole, waiting for someone to care.  Upon finding them, I felt like a deadbeat blogger.  Sorry, guys. So today’s post might be viewed by some (we’ll call you

Chocolate Orange Pecan Kugelhopf

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In my family, Christmas breakfast is just as important a meal as is Christmas dinner.  This could be because we aren’t usually done unwrapping our gifts until just before it’s time to eat dinner, so we rely on our morning meal to sustain us through the day (along with a healthy dose of snacking on my mom’s Chex party mix, that is.)   Our gift

Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake

Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake

Let’s discuss pound cake, shall we? I have a love/hate relationship with pound cake.  The love part?  Well, that should be fairly obvious.  I mean, it’s pound cake, and if successfully prepared, pound cake is not too hard to love. The hate part stems from the myriad of mishaps that inevitably occur when trying to create the recipe for a perfect pound cake.  I have

Sara Foster’s Hummingbird Cake and a Cookbook Giveaway!

sara cake

Christmas came early this year!! Like many of my fellow food bloggers, recipe contesters, and passionate cooks, I have a cookbook collection that rivals any culinary section in a mid-sized bookstore. What once consisted of a few dozen titles, which were organized neatly in a designated kitchen space, now numbers well into the triple digits and takes up residency on just about every available bookshelf

Blueberry-Peach Buckle with Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

Caramelized Peach Ice Cream

Just when you thought that you’d gotten rid of me for good……..I’m baaa-aaaack!!  My intended-to-be-brief blogging break, while I wowed the food folks at the Fancy Food Show with my granola, turned into a summer long blog-cation.  There were several occasions when I came really close to whipping up something sweet in the kitchen, but let me tell ya, oppressive 113F degree temperatures pose a