S’mores are the “go to” dessert at many a summer camp out and cookout, but who says you can’t mix them up a little just for fun? These recipes can be cooked over a campfire or toasted under a broiler or in a toaster oven. Sometimes my boys simply toast marshmallows over the stove top burners, or hit them with the culinary torch that grandma bought for Christmas one year. Work with what you have, and enjoy a classic summer favorite. [Read more…]
Last night after supper, I overheard my youngest saying to one of his online friends, “My mom makes the best shortcake ever!” Since this recipe got such rave reviews from the family, I figured I’d share it here, too.
By my husband’s request (since it was Father’s Day), I whipped up some strawberry-raspberry shortcake with lightly sweetened whipped cream. The old-fashioned, not-too-sweet flavor of this tender, moist cake pairs well with the tart-sweet strawberry-raspberry blend and rich whipped cream. It’s an easy to make dessert that’s fancy enough for special occasions, but easy enough for an any time treat. The recipe doubles well and also make great cupcakes. [Read more…]
I was looking for something a little different to do with the rhubarb bounty this year when I came across a fruited pudding cake recipe in the Favorite Recipes of America – Desserts cookbook from 1968. The original recipe calls for “any fruit, fresh or canned”, so I figured “Why not rhubarb?” As sweet as this is, I think you’d need to cut back on the sugar for a sweeter fruit. Even with the rhubarb I will probably cut back a bit next time around. [Read more…]
Many of our hot peppers got into our homemade salsa (which has gotten hotter as the boys have gotten older), but I like to make up a batch of pickled peppers to use in tacos and enchiladas, or even to toss over the top of a roast when we want a little extra heat. Because hot peppers are not acidic, using a vinegar pickle allows them to be processed in boiling water bath canner. For this recipe you can use jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, or whatever other hot peppers you have available. [Read more…]
My summer job through most of high school and college was at the family catering business, Irene’s Custom Cakes & Catering. (Irene was my mom.) We baked hundreds of cakes over the years, for everything from weddings to birthdays to baby showers. My sister, Mary, was the primary decorator, but we all knew our way around an icing tube and pitched in when needed. [Read more…]