How to make a Strawberries and Cream Cake

Strawberries and Cream Cake 5

With Strawberries everywhere in the markets I thought what would be better for this weeks Around the Kitchen Table then a Strawberries and Cream Cake loaded with fresh local berries and  a creamy light filling! It proved to be a great idea as the combination of the Strawberry Cream, fresh strawberries and sponge cake delivered a light not … [Read more...]

My Seven Favorite Meyer Lemon Recipes!

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One of my favorite times of year is when the Meyer Lemons start coming into season and I've begun to see them in my area supermarkets again so that means its time to getting cooking with Meyer Lemons!   Meyer Lemons made their first appearance in the United States in 1908 when Frank Meyer introduced this hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange. … [Read more...]

My Top Ten Fall Dessert Recipes


Over the course of my cooking career I have eaten and made some delicious desserts!  And while every season is dessert season, there's something special about the fall.  As we begin to lose sunlight and the nights start to get cooler with that crisp clean air of fall..... to me that seems like the best time to bake!   With fresh apples, pears, … [Read more...]

Peach Pecan Pound Cake

peach pecan pound cake

We have been so lucky this past week enjoying near perfect weather this week, although I don't think anyone would mind if the rain slowed up a bit.  Normal for this time of year since June is 8 inches and we've had about 28 inches this season already!  But this week has been glorious!   No humidity and temps dropping into the 6o's at night, just … [Read more...]

Individual Strawberry Shortcake’s – National Dairy Month

whipped cream, strawberries, scones, National dairy month

As usual I missed another foodie holiday, National Strawberry Shortcake Day was June 14th and while I had great plans to make a three layer strawberry shortcake for the occasion, as happens too often life gets in the way.   Well I guess its better late than never, those lush beautiful berries are everywhere in the markets, and at least by waiting I … [Read more...]

My Coconut Easter Cake for King Arthur Flour

Yellow Layer cake with mascarpone butter cream with coconut

When King Arthur Flour contacted me to work on their Cake Decorating Promo, I asked them if they were sure they had the blogger.   But as it turned out they were serious, and I got a great little care package complete with their Cake Essentials  DVD   that covers everything from ingredients to decorating techniques. Not only did I get the DVD, … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon Cheesecake with a White Chocolate Topping

Meyer Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake with Pistachio crust

I remember the first time I had mascarpone,  Mama Jeanette had made a cheesecake for dessert, it was a  blend of ricotta and mascarpone,  a different type of cheesecake than I had been use to and my introduction to that wonderful cheese.  I kept calling it mars-capone, and Mama Jeanette would laugh and say "Sonny boy, just because the moon is made … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon Pistachio Pound Cake

Meyer Lemon PIstachio Pound Cake with a lemon lime glaze

I just love Meyer Lemons, they come in second only to Lemons from the Amalfi Coast....sigh, How I miss Italy! But when life gives you Meyer Lemons, you don't complain you bake! I hate to admit that I've never been a big fan of Pound Cake, the ones I've had were usually to dense, or too dry, but never too delicious.  And for that reason, … [Read more...]