Banana Beignets – My Two Souths Meets the North

These sweet French pastries, or beignets, have been on my “food bucket list” for a long time. I have eaten the famous Café du Monde beignets in New Orleans and they do not compare to these light and fruity bites especially with a maple syrup glaze. Food 52 recently held their annual Piglet contest where 16 new cookbooks … Continue reading

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Bundt Cake

For a long time I have been wanting to make a “red velvet” dessert. I’ve collected recipes for cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies and bundt cakes. Even though I love to bake all kinds of things a bundt cake has always been a favorite as they are attractive for entertaining and they always freeze well. Keeping with the holiday season … Continue reading

Lemon-Lavender Brioche French Toast

It’s the middle of November and my lavender still looks pretty good, even though it is the second flowering of the year which always means reduced flowers. The smell and taste is just as wonderful as it was in the summer. With 15 plants I am very happy this is a perennial in Michigan. One good thing … Continue reading

Bacon and Apple Waffles with a Cider Syrup

My family loves breakfast especially pancakes and waffles. I frequently throw in a little fruit; I have a peanut butter or sourdough version and sometimes I like to make a special syrup. How about caramelized bananas on top of your pancakes. I have 6 pancake recipes; just search pancakes for a great selection of this … Continue reading

Strawberry Filled Muffins

It’s strawberry season in Michigan once again  and the berries are small but so juicy and delicious. I make all kinds of recipes using these beautiful berries including Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry Jam, Strawberry Cream Cake with Nasturtiums, Strawberry Scuffins, Smoothies, even a Strawberry Tiramisu. Of course they are always good in salads, or with fruit dips … Continue reading

Avocado, Bacon and Maple Syrup on Toast

Are you looking for something new and different for breakfast? I have a good suggestion with this delicious, somewhat healthy, recipe. This terrific idea came to me through an email from I immediately knew I wanted to make this because of three favorite ingredients that I never tire of eating; avocado, bacon and Michigan … Continue reading

Rosa Parks’ “Featherlite” Peanut Butter Pancakes

This morning I received an email from Food 52 mentioning Rosa Parks’ pancakes contributed by Leslie Stephens.  Here is the link: I thought how appropriate for me to make these because 1) I love pancakes with maple syrup and my special honey butter; 2) February is Black History Month; 4) Rosa lived in the … Continue reading

Mini Lobster Quiches

HAPPY NEW YE AR AND THE BEST IN 2016!  Each year I try to come up with a new appetizer for New Year’s Eve  and this was my choice for 2015. Serving a variety of appetizers is a favorite way to entertain. So many recipes can be prepped or done ahead of time and even … Continue reading

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

I managed to make one more peach recipe before the season was over.   Nothing better than fresh peaches, but I guess I say that about everything when it is in season. This is a Barefoot Contessa recipe which I received in an email and it sounded very simple and easy to make. Sometimes I … Continue reading

Three Cheese and Tomato Galette

Gale Gand; pastry chef from Chicago, cookbook author, restaurateur was a guest chef at Zingerman’s Bakehouse demonstrating some of the recipes in her two cookbooks back in May of this year.   Out of the four recipes she made this was my favorite, or I should say “our” favorite, as my two sisters went with … Continue reading