Archive for the 'desserts' Category


Blueberry Sour Cream Pound Cake

Here’s a recipe that Diane made, a rich sweet pound cake. A small slice suffices even without coffee.



Macaron bake off

Other than white flour, there are  many alternatives, the most recent popular is almond flour or meal used in baking sweet cookies. Most of the recipes are the same. The fillings can vary due to your preference.

Recently the sister in law participated in an invite by Diane to make and bake these cookies, actually a part of a holiday gift package of the macaron baking mat and ingredients.

Both baked on the mat and parchment paper.

Most recipes are not specific as to the use of almond meal or almond flour, the small dark flecks are from the almond skins, if using flour or meal derived from blanched almonds would probably not have the skins contained in the meal or flour.

Would you bake them again ?  Cross that off the bucket list of baking LOL.


Tabletops, from Thanksgiving Celebration

Busy,busy, time to recap Thanksgiving….. 


Raspberry Charlotte

A cake with a creamy fruit mousse, From America Test Kitchen recipe.

Made by Diane.

The recipe has several steps, here are some pictures of the process.


img_0947This was a very airy, light cake .

A fun project to make.


Maple Custard Pie

A recipe made by Diane

From Martha Stewart

A sweet maple tasting custard in a brisee crust.



The custard has a sweet but not sugary sweet flavor and a hint of the maple flavor, the  crust has a rich buttery flavor and denser than a typical flour and shortening recipe.




weekend update

just a group pictures highlighting food activities this weekend . Friday night through Sunday.

Friday night fish fry


wanted to try a corn meal type batter

trout fillet

IMG_0023shrimp, squid and a few pieces of onion !

IMG_0025serve with potato, broccoli, Damn ! looks like a fish fry platter from a diner

The trout was disappointing, I’ve had better though not too often

the shrimp and squid very excellent

don”t have fried fish often this was good, probably could be baked at a high temp as an alternative.


hand scrawled recipe culled from the web, make the batter and then finally dredge in corn meal.

hot red pepper flakes vs, cayenne: Italian seasonings vs oregano


Sunday a warm day so

prep charbroil smoker and test operational readiness for season 👌🏼🕶

1/2 chicken and sausage with mesquite smoke chips heavy smoke with char. BBQ rub before cooking.

some meat for the week


freezer scraps for broth about a gallon yield

IMG_0066as always bread, partial wheat mix


change up on recipe, cutting back on yeast usage, allowing more overall time for rising and starting a poolish several hours beforehand, down to 1/2 packet per 2 medium loafs. A poolish is similar to a yeast starter  for beer making the idea is to grow the amount of yeast available for fermentation.

IMG_0068previous post about liver and eggs.

some outdoor projects completed none food related except for the grille prep.  Food shopping also.

bottling a batch of beer.  6 bottles.

thanks , homeboy !

other stuff !

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Coffee cloud cake

A recipe made by my wife who bakes more than I do , cookies , desserts , cakes etc. 

Here’s one from scratch, via the good housekeeping illustrated cookbook.

Lighter than a pound cake, recipe under sponge cake category. Walnuts are in the cake and it goes well with a cup of coffe, a donut alternative. 👍🏼💋☕️


Hopefully my iPad will remain calm, as a bit of a fixer, mobile touch screen devices have a weakness, the screen. Carrying an iPad sooner or later (in a case) resulted in a cracked screen. Replacement parts are available , the quality though is questionable. It also seems that once a cracked screen replaced , is destined to reoccur. Once the repair is made intermittent performance of the screen and /or sensitivity issues crop up. One unfamiliar with the problem would think that their device is possessed as it suddenly open apps , starts typing and could post garble. Probably more research is needed ,for the DIY , it is a cost advantage and learning experience for repair. Another alternative , given the quickly receding prices of technology , is to obtain another one and relegate one to a lesser role or just bite the bullet and replace technology every 2 years with a trade in. 


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