Sourdough Coffee Cake

Sourdough Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chips and Cinnamon Streusel Topping

  “It shouldn’t be so hard,” he said.  “My aunts never had any problems with theirs.” My husband was referring to my four (or was it five?) previous failed attempts at establishing a sourdough starter.  As a child, he had observed the female members of his family effortlessly maintain their sourdough starters, even taking a jar on camping […]

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

Cherry Almond Coconut Bars

  When I received my assignment for this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E. post I was thrilled–I got Lisa’s blog.  If you’ve been visiting me for some time then you’d know what a dear friend Lisa has become.  We met through another blogging community nearly five years ago and have since built a friendship beyond visiting each […]

Almond-Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Almond Coconut Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

  If you were to make me choose between cookies or cake, I’ll pick the latter…both to eat and to bake.  Maybe it’s because my cookie repertoire is very limited.  I know only a handful of recipes really well; I use them with confidence but I rarely have the urge to run to the kitchen to […]

Orange-Cardamom Einkorn Madeleines

Orange-Cardamom Madeleines

  For the past four days my husband and I have been fully engaged in the Christmas rush.  We’re still not even nearly done but we’re ticking items off the list, slowly.  The storm couldn’t keep my husband indoors.  I had planned two days of baking and online Christmas shopping while it poured outside, only […]

Chocolate Beet Cake

Chocolate Beet Cake (Egg/Dairy Free)

  I have this sweater.  Black wool, full-zip style with a high neck.  It has cream piping along the sides and the zipper, including the zippers on the sleeves.  Its style is timeless rather than trendy.  A sweater for all seasons, it’s neither too heavy nor too light.  It’s at least 10 years old but its […]

Danish Apple Cake

Danish Apple Cake

  “You have the craziest dreams,” he says.  ” I wish I could dream like that.” My husband says this with almost a note of envy in his voice.  To be honest, I don’t think my dreams are particularly different than others’ dreams.  My personal favorites are the ones when I can fly.  Those where I’m […]

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears

Olive Oil Cake with Sautéed Apples & Pears @lemonsanchovies

  My bedroom in my childhood San Francisco home was situated in front of the house.  My middle sister and I shared an adjoining bathroom while my youngest sister’s bedroom was on the opposite end, next to my parents’ bedroom.  It was not uncommon when I was in junior high school to see kids sitting […]

Benoîtons with Chocolate Chips

Benoitons with Chocolate Chips (French Rye Rolls)

  On the day of our departure from France my husband and I rose early.  Already on “home” mode, we packed the night before and, after a light breakfast, went about tidying up the apartment we rented during the last half of our vacation (more on this in an upcoming post).  It had been a […]