Spiced Banana Bread

My family likes bananas, but no matter how small a bunch we buy, we can never seem to get to the last one before it goes brown. One overripe banana is just perfect for tossing into a smoothie. But on the rare occasions when several have been neglected, I make banana bread. My recipe is… Continue reading Spiced Banana Bread

Hot Chocolate

I’m not sure why packets of hot chocolate mix contain so many ingredients, when a rich and creamy hot chocolate can be easily made at home with just three. Leave that Alpine lady up in the slopes and warm up against winter’s chill using my no-measure method. [Don’t worry, I’ve included precise measurements as well,… Continue reading Hot Chocolate

Sweet Potato Crumble

When is a vegetable not a vegetable?  When it’s dessert! My family has a long history with sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving.  In fact, I’ve never known a Thanksgiving at home without both sweet potato pie and “candied sweets”: thinly sliced sweet potatoes baked with cinnamon and brown sugar, swimming in butter. I learned the basic… Continue reading Sweet Potato Crumble

Baked Apples

Please resist the urge to use an apple corer to prepare this dish. Too much of the apple is discarded that way, and trust me, you’ll want to keep as much as you can. Warm, sweet, and spiced – this comfort food is the epitome of a fall treat. On chilly autumn days, I enjoy… Continue reading Baked Apples

Spiced Pumpkin Bread

This is my go-to dish for autumn potlucks. I almost always bring this to Thanksgiving or Halloween-themed office parties and Fall Festival school bake sales. This is by design; originally, I was not really a fan of pumpkin, but sought to learn a recipe with this flavor, to contribute something fitting for the season. But… Continue reading Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies

I make this when I’m craving chocolate chip cookies, but don’t want to expend the effort to make a full batch. Well, technically, this recipe DOES make the equivalent of a dozen cookies — which might be considered a small batch – but scooping the dough into ramekins is much quicker than dropping rounded tablespoons… Continue reading Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies