Lonely Island Cake.

This is one of the best cakes I have ever tasted. It’s light, not too sweet and works year around. Four layers of fluffy white cake with crushed pineapple and pastry cream and topped with whipped cream (no frosting) and garnished with coconut. It just melts in your mouth. Tastes great year around – in…

Great British Bake Off (or Baking Show) Premiered in the USA.

Let me preface this blog entry (or rant, however you see it) with this. I am an American, born and raised. I am California to the bone. But have I always lived here? No. I don’t always side with Americans just because of birthright. Also the US never fell in love with Rik Mayall and…

Pecan Brittle (a.k.a. Buttercrunch)

Pecan Brittle (a.k.a. Pecan Buttercrunch) For many years I have been making Buttercrunch, the first version I tried appeared in the now defunct “Chocolatier” Magazine. Many recipes are really good but I prefer a higher nut to candy ratio in my Buttercrunch which pretty much switches to a Brittle. Also many of the recipes I…

Thanksgiving, this shit just got real.

With all the rules and tips for Thanksgiving etiquette guides, I felt like something was missing. Most, if not all seemed to leave out one important factor: actually giving thanks. Guess what…no matter how much you plan, do in advance – things are still going to go wrong. That’s life. I’m not saying pack in…

A truly Storybook….oh, no….wait.

Today I will be switching topics from food to travel. Recently I saw a post on Twitter about “Our Storybook Trip to Some Place”. Now I don’t mean to be a Debbie-Downer. If there is really is a “Storybook” trip at any time. I wish them well but I smell some bullshit. It has been…

White Velvet Cake

White Velvet Cake – just the name made me melt. Fluffy vanilla cake, it must be like eating a cloud. Or so I thought. What came out was more like a Sprinkles Vanilla cupcake texture: rich and dense. I’ve seen this cake recipe all over Pinterest, re-pinned on a lot of food blogs, so I…

Why Ugly Fruits and Vegetables Are So Chic.

I have to say when I first heard about people only eating fruit they deemed “pretty” I was surprised. Sure we eat with our eyes as well as our noses, but refusing to eat fruit that isn’t picture perfect I do not understand and doubt I ever will.  If you bake apples, blueberries  or pumpkins…

Crispy Potato and Garlic Cake (Gweneth Paltrow’s)

It seems like there are a million Celebrities that want to be chefs and who can blame them? One of the few that I have seen that actually eat – seriously eat is Gwyneth Paltrow. When she did a show on PBS with Mario Batali and Michael Stipe her eating was a throw down-showdown of…

Black and White Cupcakes

One pastry item you can really change up and make your own is Black and White cupcakes. Dense, fluffy, sweet, not-so-sweet – you really cake make something your own. For me I prefer a dense cupcake over the traditional fluffy, spongy cake.  The perfect chocolate cupcake for me is actually a box mix from Sprinkles…

Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies

The is simply a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Who doesn’t like them, especially fresh out of the oven? What makes these cookies go from great to amazing is the chocolate chips. For me, there are few things worse than cheap, waxy chocolate chips. My chips of choice are Ghirardelli Premium Chocolate Baking Chips,…

Butter Cookies (seriously the best you’ll ever make)

Butter cookies. They seem simple enough. I have been making butter cookie since I was in the third grade. Really, I won a (childrens) cookie cookbook when I was in Mrs. Hamby’s third grade class. Only now I have altered the recipe to make more than a dozen, which is what the original made and…