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Sharon’s Bread-and-Butter Pickle Recipe

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I love bread-and-butter pickles: not too sweet; not too sour; can stand on their own; and can dress up any sandwich worth its weight...

Very Vashon Victoria Sponge Cake

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vashon island sponge cake with raspbrerries
I recently discovered Victoria sponge cake thanks the PBS program The Great British Baking Show, where Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood serve up tasty challenges to...

Bachelor’s Jam: More About the Bachelor, Less About the Jam

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Growing up in the South, I harbor many colorful recollections, though sometimes I fear my imagination may have muddied the archival waters and created my own...

Nectarine Apricot Ginger Jam: Spicing Things Up!

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nectarine jam simmering
Tommy's jam kitchen is a jammin' this summer, and with a fresh box of Washington State stone fruit beaming before me (courtesy of my...

Sweet Cherry Pickles: Flavorful Tickles

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  I must confess, I get a very big kick out of an official moniker bestowed  upon me each year, or at least for as...

How to Make Pie Dough Shine

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Pie is my spirit animal. Okay, that's a bit much, how about pie is a smile on my plate. (Hmmm, me thinks I'm trying...

French Coconut Pie: Heaven in a Crust

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I'm a loyal pie guy. If you're a pie or tart recipe and you do me right—that is, bake up nicely, remain flakey, speak...

Boxing Day and Leftover Love

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My friend Amy wrote, "Ah, December 26, my favorite holiday of the year." It made me chuckle, but also confirmed a truth about what...

Easy Peasy Crockpot Apple Butter

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crock pot apple butter
Apple butter on the stove is a sure sign of full-throttle autumn activities around here. With boxes and bags of apples begging to be...

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

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French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier created the original Peach Melba dessert in honor of 1890s songbird Nellie Melba. (Melba toast is another story.) The simple,...