Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

Blueberry Sour Cream Cake

  My husband and I stole away to Santa Fe, New Mexico last week for a few days.  Since retiring at the beginning of the year we have talked about several little getaways we’d planned to take but none of them ever progressed beyond this stage.  Family obligations and tax season came and went; when we […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cherry-Almond Cake

Cherry-Almond Cake | http://lemonsandanchovies.com

  I parked myself on a bistro table and enjoyed a leisurely lunch of a salad, a baguette and an iced tea.  I was so happy to be seated outside the European bakery in Santana Row on a gorgeous sunny day like today as I toggled my attention between my Kindle and the people walking […]