Brown Butter Plum Cake

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Well, as promised, here is the Brown Butter Plum Cake recipe. I connected with it via a link in Tastespotting, and that link took me to Patent and the Pantry, another foodie-related site. As the host there said, one of the wonderful things about cooking is the freedom to make recipes your own, and it…

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Pickled Plums

Picture is a little fuzzy, but I think you can see how lovely these are; that is a bit of bay leaf and a bit of vanilla bean lying across the top of the jar.

  I am sure that many of you are aware of Tastespotting, a site that serves to display pictures submitted by other websites; and these are not just ANY pictures–these are pictures selected to meet a certain aesthetic, and they are absolutely beautiful. For those of you not familiar with this resource, you can link…

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Val’s Berry Cinnamon Rolls

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  We have had an exceptional summer for wild berries up here. The upper peninsula has had several years of drought in a row, affecting both wild and domestic berry growth. But this past year brought lots of snow with plenty of rain following. Bumper crops of wild berries all around us, near our home…

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Pickled Green Cherry Tomatoes

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Beautiful little green ‘yellow pear’ cherry tomatoes waiting to be pickled… Because there really is no such thing as a garlic clove that is too big.   When I got home from our vacation I didn’t toddle over to our garden immediately.  I started doing laundry furiously.  I don’t mean to say that I was…

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Carrot Cauliflower Soup with Sesame Yogurt Cream

The sesame yogurt cream, sesame seeds and croutons took this simple soup to an amazing place!

Remember all the salad bar goodies mentioned in my last post? Well, I decided I really needed to use up a lot of those carrots, and being a lover of warm soup on cool days, I naturally went in that direction. The soup I ended up making is fairly simple and quite flexible, and is…

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Cornmeal Blueberry Muffin Souffle

Crunchy golden top, meltingly soft inside...mmmmmm

Well, remember those blueberry cornmeal muffins from my earlier post last week? The last time I made those, I made a LOT. More than our guests could decently eat in the time they were with us, and more than we could handle all on our lonesome. My freezer would not allow any more foodstuffs to be stored,…

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Slow-cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca

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In today’s Record-Eagle column, I ran a recipe for Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding.  (I’ll link to the full column when I’m back from vacation, but in the meantime the recipe is posted below.) Slow-Cooker Vanilla Bean Tapioca This pudding takes the perennial favorite tapioca pudding and dresses it up. Served warm, it’ll heat you up…

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Blue, Blue, Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins

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  In an earlier post this summer, I raved about The Cornbread Gospels by Crescent Dragonwagon (that name always makes me smile) and the two versions of cornbread salad we had tried out, both receiving enthusiastic reviews. Well, since then, it’s been hard for me to NOT bake and cook without cornmeal. Cornmeal breads, muffins,…

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Mango Custard

Gets nice and caramel-y on top...

Mangoes…I love them…just have a hard time finding a good one at times.   The first time I ate a mango, it was somewhat underripe, and actually cutting the mango up was a little bit frustrating, due to the monster pit waiting inside that lovely yellow flesh. But even under-ripe, the fruit was delicious, and…

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