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

  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 […]

Lemon-Ginger Crinkle Cookies

  Hello and Happy New Year!  It’s hard to believe that not only are the holidays behind us, nearly half of the first month is gone.  My Christmas tree, droopy and wilted now, is still up with few remaining presents yet to be delivered.  I am shamelessly using our recent vacation and an impromptu get-together […]

Orange-Cardamom Einkorn 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

  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 […]

Apple Pie with Spelt Crust

  Checking an item off my baking bucket list:  pie.  I’ve baked countless tarts, crostatas, galettes–even empanadas.  I’ve also made pumpkin pie but it doesn’t count if you use prepared pie dough, right?  Several years ago, after being disappointed for the umpteenth time, I vowed never to use it again. Generally, preparing fillings didn’t concern […]

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 […]

Matcha Green Tea Macarons with Chocolate Ganache

  I have decided that I might be over-thinking the French macaron process.  I’ve been trying too hard.  After my successful third batch (here), I set off for the fourth and fifth with only mild anxiety.  I was fueled by my first nearly-perfect macarons but I was anxious because I intended to share the next […]