#95: Domestic Potential

#95: Domestic Potential

While there was a lot to commend it, a downside to the house I wanted to buy was its complete lack of any working appliance. There were gaping holes where the fridge and stove should be, and while there was a dishwasher where you might expect a dishwasher, it produced buckets of brown water and loud […]

#88: The Value of Vanilla

#88: The Value of Vanilla

Saying my grandmother was fond of pound cake is like saying the Titanic had some “issues” with an iceberg. She baked one almost every week of her long life. She offered it as a dessert, enjoyed it as a snack, and even relied on it for an occasional meal. Her preferred method of preparing a […]

#33: “Crack Sandwiches”

#33: “Crack Sandwiches”

I’ve mentioned my mother several times here on the blog already, and I hope you’ve been able to discern that she was a warm and wonderful mom. One of her many talents was that of decorating cakes, and she made all of us wonderful birthday cakes. She also made beautiful shower and holiday cakes for […]

#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

#32: A Chew By Any Other Name…

‘Tis the season for holiday baking, and if you’re like me, despite your occasional flirtations with new recipes, you have your signature goodies that you make year after year. Maybe your mom always made them when you were growing up, and just the thought of them conjures up warm memories of family and Christmases past. […]

#31: My Favorite Recipe I’ve Never Made

#31: My Favorite Recipe I’ve Never Made

I enjoyed this layered Jello salad at a friend’s Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago, so much so that I would not leave her house until she had written the recipe out for me. Because I’m a delightful guest, and not at all irritating to have in your home on a major holiday. Fast forward […]

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

#27: An Award-Winning Holiday Tradition

I’m always impressed with people who have baking traditions at the holidays. People who craft once-a-year layer cakes with complicated frosting, cheerfully decorate sugar cookies, and let’s not forget the homemade fudge. My grandmother was the baker in our family, but I’m afraid I’m missing her baking gene. Maybe it’s just lack of practice. Making […]

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