Brownie Cupcakes with Lavender Icing

Last week I made crystallized or candied  flowers from my own home grown patch of violas à la Martha Stewart.  Would I recommend this activity?  Yes, if you have a few hours to spare.  Do they taste like candy?  Yes, they do.  Was it fun?  Yes it was in a Martha Stewart-ish kind of way.  […]

French Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Inspiration from ‘Flour’, a fun read for lovers of home baking, by Joanne Chang, the owner and pastry chef at Flour Bakery & Cafe in Boston.  It’s been a few years since I made a lemon poppy seed cake and my stash of Meyer lemons was calling out to me, “Use me in something good”.  […]

Banana Ginger Macadamia Nut Coffee Cake

This is the first of two easy and quick recipes that I made this week from the ripe bananas collecting dust on my kitchen counter.  Don’t worry, they were collecting dust on the peel not on the part I used for these recipes!  The good news is that both recipes can be made from start […]

Candy Cane Brownie Bites

Sometimes you try a new recipe and it comes out like a dream and other times you have to struggle a bit and do some tweaking to get the results you want.  This recipe had a few hiccups but no problems that were insurmountable.   I had to add a tablespoon or two of milk […]

Ginger Macadamia Nut Pound Cake

I served this ginger macadamia nut pound cake with the pineapple sorbet from my last post and don’t get me wrong, they were good together, ask my husband Scott.  But I would serve slices of this mildly spicy and delicate crumbed cake with afternoon tea or coffee any day of the week in a heart […]

Upside Down Pear Chocolate Skillet Cake

Organic Bartlett Pears and of course there’s a story to go with this cake.  I spent a summer when I was 17 living at my cousin’s ranch in Lake County.  I worked in a pear packing shed during the short season when the pears are harvested. I remember the nights were hot and the days […]

Blueberry Nectarine Cake

Blueberry Nectarine Cake / Patty's Food

As the summer fruit reaches its peak and begins to pile up at farmers markets in Northern California we like to enjoy it on a daily basis so the other day when I went to the market I loaded up on blueberries and nectarines. They looked, smelled and tasted amazing. So when I was asked […]

Fresh Mint Brownies

My son Taylor is visiting me and he likes brownies, or anything chocolate but without nuts. I thought I would see if I could slip him a brownie with a little candied fresh mint leaf on it, actually I think he removed the leaf before he ate one. But, the leaves are good and add […]

Strawberry Weekend Cake

We came home yesterday afternoon, threw open the windows and turned on the ceiling fans. Wow, finally some warm weather! Blue skies, green hills, hawks flying and water rushing in the creeks, it’s feeling like one of those hot spring weekends right before the start of summer. We’re playing a lot of golf this weekend […]

Chocolate Peppermint Marble Cake

Inviting a girlfriend who is affectionately known to her friends as the ‘Dessert Queen of the Peninsula’ to spend the weekend with you and wanting to make an impressive dessert for her requires coming up something that is a little out of the ordinary, so I searched to find just the perfect thing and found […]