Artwork by Jacob

Artwork by Jacob

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


These are an amped up oatmeal cookie with chocolate, raisins and cinnamon. These were enjoyed by those who like oatmeal cookies. I would make these again. To see what others thought go to the Tuesdays with Dorie blog roll.

Crash-O-Cookies page 365.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Peaches-And-Cream Cupcakes

My latest adventure from the Food Network, peaches and cream cupcakes. Despite the name, there isn't anything peachy about this cupcake except the garnish. The two flavors added are vanilla and almond extract. It is actually quite a plain cupcake.

I found another peaches-n-cream cupcake from the Food Network that included puree peaches, peach filling and peach extract or schnapps. This sounded like the cupcake I should have made for peach flavor.

Peaches n'Cream Cupcakes from Cupcake Wars.
Peaches-And-Cream Cupcakes from Food Network Kitchen.

Friday, August 11, 2017

French Fridays - Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine

Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

I had some extra goat cheese left over and I saw this recipe and thought it would work perfect. I picked up some fresh sourdough bread and strawberries and made myself some lunch. Dorie uses her baguettes fresh but I decided to toast my bread. The goat cheese goes on followed by the sliced strawberries. I used the optional balsamic vinegar but skipped the ground pepper.

What's not to like? It was delicious. My husband saw my lunch and asked for one too. I had used all the goat cheese but he made one with cream cheese instead. When there is a will, there is a way. This will make a nice summer lunch again.

Goat Cheese and Strawberry Tartine page 44.
Eighty-two recipes completed.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Double-Corn Tea Cake

When this corn cake came out of the oven my husband asked if he could have some, I often bake and release so he wanted to make sure. I said yes as I figured a picture of a cake sliced open would be better than a loaf. Three slices later, I now felt like I had a stump to photograph. Hum, I think hubby has lost his privilege to eat before photos.

On to the cake. This cake is made with yellow corn flour, not to be confused with cornmeal or corn starch. We actually made our own corn flour by grinding the cornmeal to a flour. It worked just fine. Since corn is in season here I used one ear of fresh corn and I did not bother to steam it before hand. My corn pieces did fall to the bottom of my cake and I don't know if the fresh corn contributed to that or not.

My husband clearly liked it, three pieces later and counting, but said it was buttery (1 stick of butter) and sweet (1 cup of sugar). I read the Bonne Idee too late as I would have liked to add dried cranberries or dried cherries to the cake. Next time. I thought is was rich, delicious and high-lighted the bounty of corn.

Double-Corn Tea Cake page 40.

Friday, August 4, 2017

French Fridays - Corn Pancakes

Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

My husband made these corn pancakes back in January. I am not sure why I never posted them. My notes say "good something different, Jacob didn't like." Why is it always my kid that does not like the new dish?

Corn Pancakes page 337.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Anytime Tarragon-Apricot Cookies

Another cookie from the cocktail cookies section. The goat cheese and chive cookies were a big hit in my house especially with my son.

I was able to find Turkish apricots in my local grocery store. They were soft so I skipped the soaking instructions. Finely chopped tarragon is rubbed with the sugar and creamed with the butter. This recipe is unique as it has olive oil as well. I am beginning to see the beauty of baking with olive oil.

The completed dough is divided in half, rolled between sheets of parchment paper and chilled in the freezer for one hour. I took great care to not roll my dough too thin as I have been known to do.

These were light and flaky, very tender. My husband and I liked them but we are discovering that tarragon is not our favorite herb. My son did not like them at all. He requested that I stick with the goat cheese and chive ones.

Anytime Tarragon-Apricot Cookies page 432.

Friday, July 28, 2017

French Fridays Cold Melon-Berry Soup

Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
On our recent vacation my son discovered cold soup. He had it a few times on our cruise. When I saw this recipe I thought he would enjoy it. Summer is in full swing and melons are ripe. I think the addition of the fresh ginger changed the taste enough that he did not like this one. He preferred the strawberry bisque he had on vacation. Can't win them all.

Cold Melon-Berry Soup page 101.