Blueberry Butter Cake

This cake is a dense, cake that overflows with plump, juicy blueberries.  Tart berries work particularly well for this cake, which is perfect for breakfast or as a tea cake.

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Caramel Cappuccino Cheesecake

Cappuccino.  Caramel.  Chocolate.  What is not to love?  I made this cheesecake by special request for a most special someone’s 23rd birthday.  This cheesecake is packed with flavor without becoming

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Deep Dish Caramel Apple Pie

Apple pie is an iconic dish in the US and symbolizes everything from Mom to home to Americana itself . . . as American as apple pie.  Apple pie actually

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Marinated, Grilled Flank Steak

Fireflies, mowed grass, the music of the ice cream truck, suntan lotion, and the smell of the grill.  These are the ingredients of summer. I have been trying to reduce

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Bilbo’s Seed Cakes

“Come along in, and have some tea!” he managed to say after taking a deep breath. ‘A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you,

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Banana Bread

Banana bread has been a fixture of American cookbooks since the 1930’s, probably as a by product of the Great Depression when innovative housewives in struggling families wanted to avoid

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Tacos have historically been considered a kind of  street food, that came out of the taquerías in working class Mexican neighborhoods.  Having come to the US in early in the

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Champagne Tarragon Salad with Chicken and Toasted Almonds

Last night I dreamed of tarragon again.  Really.  But I also just finished reading Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, so in my mind tarragon and Manderley are intertwined and together they inspired

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Buttermilk Ricotta Pancakes and Bacon

Morning sunlight streaming bright through the windows.  Dust particles glinting slowly in the rays onto clean, white sheets.  The decadence of Sunday morning.  It is almost iconic in this country

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Coconut Flour Cheese Bread

I have the unlucky genetics to be a borderline diabetic. Fortunately, I have never been obese and I am able to control my blood sugar completely through diet and exercise,

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