Strawberry Season

Strawberry season for us in New England is a few weeks away. There really is something about sitting in a field full of strawberry plants, the sun shining down on your face, the birds singing and the smell of life in the air. I’ve always loved quiet moments, those moments you smile to yourself because…

September

There’s something special about September in New England. The days are cooler but the sun still brings warmth. Flowers still bloom. Wishes can still be made. There’s a golden hue to the sun filtering in through the windows and splashing across the hardwood. It’s still warm enough for strawberries. But cool enough for fires in…

Wild Berry Lemon Cake

The inspiration for this recipe came while forest bathing, what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or the medicine of being in the forest. It is simply going out into the woods and just being; listening to the birds, watching the wind blow through the leaves of the trees, feeling the sun on your face and eating wild food….

Mulberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

Mulberry (Morus rubra) is a deciduous tree that grows wild here in New England. If you’re walking along and you see the ground covered in what looks like black berries, look up. The trees can grow up to 70 feet tall. The blackberry-like fruit is ripe for picking in early summer and varies in flavor from tree to…

Strawberry Skillet Cake

A beautiful day deserves a beautiful dessert. This is Raspberry Skillet Cake‘s half sister. Butter and sugar are creamed and strawberries are diced.   Dry ingredients are added and we have ourselves a cake batter. Diced strawberries are folded in. The batter is spread into the prepared cast-iron skillet and baked for 35-40 minutes.

Plum Crumb Cake

Plums are chock full of phenols and vitamin C, giving them antioxidant power. Antioxidants slow cell damage and counteract free radicals, which can injure cells and damage our DNA. Plums are classified as a drupe or stone fruit, consisting of an outer fleshy part covering a seed or pit. Peaches, cherries, apricots, nectarines and olives…

Blueberry Cornmeal Cake

A father provides, teaches, disciplines and loves his children. A good father strengthens his family. It is not an easy job and it is sometimes thankless. It is a great responsibility; knowing how to punish and reward appropriately, leading by example, teaching important lessons, admitting when you’re wrong and letting children make their own mistakes. It is…

Fresh Rhubarb Upside-down Cake [TWD]

My first attempt baking with rhubarb was successful. I did improvise a little. I used a large cake pan instead of baby cake pans. I halved the cake portion but kept the butter, brown sugar and pecan ratio the same. This was a relatively easy recipe compared to some of the other Baking with Julia recipes….

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Skillet Cake

I have gratefully stumbled upon Joy the Baker. She has an awesome baking blog that is chock full of fantastic recipes and gorgeous photography. She also has a book, Joy the Baker Cookbook. I haven’t had a chance to get it yet, but it is on my wish list. One of her recipes I recently indulged in was a Banana,…

Lemon Raspberry cake or loaf or muffins…

“I want a lemon dessert”. That’s all I need to hear and I’m off searching for the perfect lemony treat. My search produced this lemon raspberry treasure. I wanted to use my new doughnut pan but it turns out that this batter is just too delicate for doughnuts. I used the rest of the batter…

For the love of apples

I admit it, I have a weakness for apples. To me, apples are not just a seasonal treat. With the huge assortment of exotic and delectable fruits to be had, I love the simple, ordinary apple. You are likely to see many dishes with apple as the featured fruit here. I hope you enjoy this one. The recipe…