Cakes – Breads – The End

There were two large projects that I participated in during this year of 2014 that I really enjoyed. One was a baking project for Eising Studio/StockFood. This took place during late winter and early spring. The second was my Artisan Bread Baking class during the Fall semester at York County Community College. Both of these … Continue reading

The French Bread Challenge

Since I’ve started my Artisan Bread Baking class, I’ve been anxious to make some sourdough French bread.  I felt a little practice at home might help me in class.  Upon reflection, I should have waited until we got to that lesson in class.  What was I thinking? The weekend before this experiment, I made a … Continue reading

Blueberry Slab Pie – Contest

It’s July and in our Town it’s time for Alfred Festival Day.   I was asked to enter the pie contest. I felt honored. As always, on the night before the big day and parade, the Town comes together for a Chili & Chowder Contest and a Pie Contest. The contests are a nice way … Continue reading

Rhubarb Strawberry Dump Cake

Company was coming to visit and, as always, I like to make a cake in honor of their visit. I needed to use up the last of my rhubarb patch, plus fresh strawberries were on sale at the market. This dump cake forms a delicious cake-ish/cobbler-ish dessert that will feed a crowd.   The original recipe … Continue reading

Salsa Fresca – Cinco de Mayo

After traveling to Mexico City years ago and tasting the freshest and best salsa I’ve ever had, I tried to duplicate it. Actually, it is really a pico de gallo, not a saucy salsa.   In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, here is the recipe I created and have used since that trip: 2 or … Continue reading

Red Frosting

I have been involved in a baking project for StockFood-my daytime dream-job employer.  Earlier in the year I had sworn off cakes.  However, I was asked to make homemade cakes and frostings, maybe some muffins, and the list keeps growing.  I love to bake and experiment, therefore it was easy to get excited about this … Continue reading

Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort comes in many forms.  To me, it’s a measured two-finger shot of that sweet golden brown liquid in a glass that, when sipped, will warm the palate on a cold winter’s night.  Or, my Aunt Betty meeting me at her back door with a big hug and “Hi Darlin’, come on in…what can … Continue reading