TWD: Apple-Coconut Family Cake

On paper, this Apple-Coconut Family Cake had a lot going for it. For one thing, I like apple, and I love coconut. Love. Try to use it as often as possible. Named a whole month after it. Want to call my first child Coconut LaBau. (Actually, I want to call my first child Angela-Merkel LaBau*,…

Make Your Own Candy Cane Joe-Joes

I don’t know what I would do without my local Trader Joe’s grocery store. Where else would I go with a shopping list 3 items long and leave an hour later, $70 poorer and with four overflowing shopping bags stuffed to the brim with impulse buys like chocolate-covered soybeans and freeze-dried mangoes? Yes, Trader Joe’s…

TWD: Devlishly Good Chocolate Shortcakes

Whew! One major holiday down, one big one to go. Now that I have somewhat recovered, I can tell you that Thanksgiving was epic. My friends, we had three pies and one cake for four adults. Plus whipped cream. And ice cream. It was obscene. There are not enough stretchy-waisted pants in the world to…

Adventures in Cookie Dough Balls

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, which means most of us are lolling around, trying to shake off yesterday’s food coma while simultaneously justifying today’s breakfast of pumpkin pie + whipped cream (vegetables and dairy!). So I really have no business posting about more desserts, especially desserts that are completely unrelated to pumpkins, apples, pilgrims, or…

TWD: Cranberry-Lime Galette

For many of us, the capital-H Holidays are approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve already been run over by a festive seasonal truck and it’s barely mid-November. The last few months I’ve felt like Wile E. Coyote frantically churning my legs in midair, trying to run across the sky…

TWD: Cranberry Shortbread Cake

Yesterday afternoon, as I was spoiling my husband’s dinner by force-feeding him cranberry cake and whipped cream, he looked me in the eyes and said, with great feeling, “Miy WOUFF Troiusdapes miff Rorfty!” Fortunately, we have been married long enough that I’m able to translate Full Mouth into English, and knew that he was saying…

TWD: Peanuttiest Blondies

I’m more than a little obsessed with peanut butter–well, with nut butters in general. In my cupboards I have 4 different kinds of peanut butter and 3 other nut butters, and that’s not even counting the coconut butter variations. Some might say I have a problem with nut butter consumption, but one person’s problem is…

The Secret to Stress-Free Birthday Cakes

Today I would like to share the #1 secret to making amazing birthday cakes without breaking a sweat. It’s not having all the fancy kitchen gadgets, although some specialty tools can help. It’s not taking expensive baking classes, although you can learn lots from great teachers. And it’s not using expensive ingredients, although sometimes it’s…

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