Vanilla Bean Cardamom Pound Cake with Apples in Caramel Sauce

I’m going to warn you right now.  The cake is made with a pound (A POUND, PEOPLE!) of butter, nine eggs, a pound of sugar and a pound of flour. Then the cake is sliced, spread with yet more butter and griddle fried. It’s addictive.  And it’s swimming in caramel.  And it’s topped with crème [Read On]

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

The following is a partial re-print of my column that appeared in today’s Record-Eagle. ~~~   ~~~ The Evil Genius oftentimes has been asked, frequently in my presence, how he avoids weighing 500 pounds eating my cooking. His response has been to grab his belly, moan a little bit, and say “I could easily!” He slid [Read On]

Amish Cookies

This is the face of a monster. Merciless. This is a face that destroys on a whim. Unyielding. This is a face that -without pause- devastates the entire population… Of cookie jars. This is my cookie monster baby. Allow me to illustrate.  The Evil Genius and I went to Houston before Christmas and the boys’ [Read On]

Blueberry Tiramisu

Truthfully, this dessert should be called ‘Why I almost ceased being a dog-owner’. But I’ll start at the beginning… A good friend -who shall remain unnamed since she played hooky from work to come play in the kitchen with me- and I spent a couple hours working on this masterpiece. We made the ladyfingers from [Read On]

Homemade Twix Cookies

Today’s post is Part III of the “Saving Money in the Kitchen” series that began Tuesday.  You can read Part I here and Part II here. Although I intended to hit points four through nine today, I think I should stick with four and five.  Why?  Between the tips, recipe and giveaway I once again  [Read On]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Now that I have the attention of the entire state of Minnesota, please allow me to expound. This is one of the most clever ideas I’ve seen out of the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Circle lately.  (And they’re no creative slouches over at King Arthur.)  In the most recent e-newsletter* from their test kitchen they [Read On]

Peanut Butter Pebble Pie

This is the story of a pie.  A pie made by a woman who calls herself a “utilitarian, church pot-luck cook”.  She says it like an apology.  Like the soul-satisfying, hearty fare that she creates to nourish every stray  -both human and animal- that crosses her path is anything less than wonderful.  As though the [Read On]

Pumpkin Pots de Crème

I’m exceptionally fond of combining my obsessions. Sometimes it’s not so great.  Take Homer Simpson’s fabled “Nuts and Gum”,  par example… Sometimes, however, it works great. When you put together dark chocolate ganache and pie crust you get Dark Chocolate Truffle Tarts.  A happy accident if ever there was one… I might’ve mentioned that I’m [Read On]