Recipes

Rainier Cherries Crown This Cake

Rainier Cherries Crown This Cake

In far-off Minnesota, my favorite blogging baker and bon vivant, Eileen of Passions to Pastry, posted a recipe that called to me: rustic rhubarb – almond cake. (Full disclosure: all of Eileen’s recipes call to me.) But a trip to my over-harvested, under-watered rhubarb patch showed me that a […]

Honey of a Dessert – Sweet, Salty and Simple

Honey of a Dessert – Sweet, Salty and Simple

Heaven in three ingredients. I’m all about dessert. In fact, anyone who asks me to bring a salad to a potluck misses out on my better efforts. My love of sweets is likely hereditary. My father could not finish a meal without asking about or eating dessert. I’d […]

Quince Marmalade Is a Gem of a Jam

Quince Marmalade Is a Gem of a Jam

Quince (Cydonia oblonga) are the unsung stars of my autumn larder, each resting like an artful still life awaiting a transformative trip to the kitchen. The beefy little orbs tend to be hard as rocks, but release a fruity perfume when appropriately ripe. Their real magic (in addition to outward […]

Peach Macaroon Crisp: Man Does Not Live by Pie Alone

Peach Macaroon Crisp: Man Does Not Live by Pie Alone

Peach Macaroon Crisp begins with great peaches As a man who is partial to pie, I must admit my eyes have been wandering lately, gazing at the crisps, cobblers, slumps, buckles, and brown betties of summer. Just yesterday, I succumbed to some audacious flirting by a bowl of perfectly […]

Peach Sauce Sublime: Peaches Simmered in Wine

Peach Sauce Sublime: Peaches Simmered in Wine

There’s no denying I’m a man who likes to can, fruit especially. This time of year I’m directing a parade of pots and pans on my gas range, keeping track of jellying points, scorching mishaps, rapid boils and slow simmers. For me canning fruit is truly a triumph of […]

Cast Iron Cookery: Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Cast Iron Cookery: Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

Like movies I could watch over and over again, or books I’m happy to revisit regularly, I rarely tire of certain seasonal recipes; in this case strawberry-rhubarb upside-down cake. Coming off a long winter and a dwindling larder, I’m eager to return to the garden for a few early […]

Dressed Up for Easter: Frangipane Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Dressed Up for Easter: Frangipane Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

  Winter serves up some lean pie months, at least in the fresh fruit category. After exhausting my local supply of Meyer lemons for Shaker lemon pie, emptying my freezer of sliced peaches for my Deluxe peach pie, and hitting the bottom of apple barrel for my mainstay, Jeanette’s easy apple pie, […]

Ever Eat a Maple Blossom?

Ever Eat a Maple Blossom?

Maple Blossoms Fried, Frittered and Served When I was a kid, Euell Gibbons was a household name. Known by many as the Father of Modern Wild Foods, Mr. Gibbons rocketed to prominence after becoming a spokesman for Grape Nuts cereal. His most memorable line, “Have you ever […]

Linda′s Amazingly Moist Oatmeal Molasses Cake

Linda′s Amazingly Moist Oatmeal Molasses Cake

My friend Linda is a gifted baker, the kind of baker who can conjure from memory, and woo with taste. On Facebook, I can hear the heads pounding on walls when Linda posts a pic of some yeasty delight or chocolate indulgence.  While a photo […]

Free Range Fruitcake: Something to Cluck About!

Free Range Fruitcake: Something to Cluck About!

Fruitcake, oh fruitcake, how I do love thee… Oh, go ahead, start with your jokes, mock the baked good that moonlights as a doorstop, wrecking ball, and scapegoat for holiday angst. Get it out of your system fruitcake grinches, for I am here to redeem […]