Chocolate & Peanut Butter Hamantaschen

With Purim coming on Thursday, Sunday was Hamantaschen baking day. I decided to make 2 different types this year, date-filled and Chocolate & Peanut Butter.  The CPB’s came out surprisingly well.  The texture is great, it is like eating a cookie version of a reese’s cup. The dough itself was delicious, just the perfect amount…

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

More cookies…good cookies…pumpkin cookies!   I decided to make three versions of this cookie – plain chocolate chip, pecan and walnut. All three were a hit! My 5 year old downed the plain chocolate chip, one daughter the pecan, her friend the walnut, and another daughter loved them all.  I send care packages back to…

Cammy’s Cookies

My little top chef has returned to the kitchen. He has been making breakfasts and helping me with dinners.  But his preference now is to bake. For MY birthday, he gave me a cookie cookbook for us to use together.  Of course we are using the recipes as guides and adapting as we see fit….

Apple Pecan Crumb Top Pie

It had been way too long since I last made this pie (decades).  It used to be a yearly occurrence. Every thanksgiving I would make this pie, sometimes with the assistance of a beautiful little helper. I am posting the recipe so that she will now have it to make with her beautiful little helpers….

Carrot Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

I can’t resist using my vegetables in baked goods.  Our freezer is already filled with 3 different versions of zucchini (or pattypan squash) bread, so what is next?  This carrot poppyseed bundt cake. My carrot harvest has been the best I have ever had.  They look good, they taste good. This version of carrot cake…

Dark and White Chocolate Cheesecake

It was Arielle’s birthday, time to make my white chocolate cheesecake.  She and Cam were making chocolate chip cookies, so they had all the baking chocolate out on the counter. But, to my surprise, there was only half the white chocolate than I needed. Oh, I was frustrated, I had already run to the store for…

Macerated Strawberries

I didn’t think you could make strawberries taste any better than they do fresh out of the garden. But I was intrigued by the recipe for macerated strawberries in The Batali Brothers Cookbook by Benno and Leo Batali (Mario’s sons).  It was so simple, I just had to try it. Again I used a mix of my…

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp for Breakfast

It is always a good day when I get to stop at Filaskys Produce in Middletown, DE.  At first I was nervous because they only had a sign up for asparagus; but then I saw them, the beautiful Filasky strawberries!  After a conversation catching up with Cindy Filasky, I walked out with their strawberries, rhubarb…

Banana-Chocolate Chip Mini Donuts

Eggs from Farmer Kim!  So happy to be getting Farmer Kim eggs again, time to start baking!   I have been promising Cam some banana-chocolate chip mini donuts for a few months.  Now that I have Farmer Kim eggs it is time to make some! We made some coated with sugar and some with sprinkles….

Hamentaschen

My last post was about needing to lose my winter weight, so it may seem odd for the following post to be about sweets.  But it is time for Purim, and that means hamentaschen!  Luckily, one of the traditions of Purim is to give gifts of food, so pretty much all that we bake will…