Bakes, Recipes

The Best Carrot Cake

What kicks off the fall transitioning into winter season better than a warm, spicy-full carrot cake? My earliest memories of carrot cake are “EW!”. As a kid I remember dry, crumbly carrot chunk-filled cake covered with thick sugary icing. Well, we have changed the game with this recipe. Because of these vivid carrot memories  I […]

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Orange Puffs: To Choux or Not to Choux

noun,  plural choux [shooz for 1; shoo for 2] /ʃuz for 1; ʃu for 2/. Or, “shoe” for the non-French speaking among us. Once again I stumbled upon this dandy little recipe card from my grandma’s recipe tin. Having never made choux pastry before the fact that it was named Orange Puff made it far less intimidating. My only familiarity with choux […]

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Bakes, Recipes

Apple Surprise

When I came across this recipe card for apple surprise in my grandma’s recipe tin I stopped in my tracks to see what this was all about. Is it a surprise when you find the apple? Or it’s surprisingly apple-y? The most surprising thing about this bake is the different ingredients they use to combine […]

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The Ultimate Classic

When I first started thinking about my grandma’s recipe tin and rethinking the classics there is one recipe card that immediately comes to mind: Fruit Cake. To me this is the ultimate classic when I think of her generation and what they knew how to bake with their eyes closed. Having never made fruit cake […]

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Lemon or Lime Bars

As my husband’s birthday approaches along with Spring, nothing seems more fitting than a lemon (or lime) bar to kickoff the season. Fitting not only because he absolutely loves lemons in any and all forms, but also that lemon and lime make me think of spring. And margaritas. Ok spring, margaritas and sitting out on […]

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Recipes

Rethinking the classics

  Recently my mom gave me an old blue tin decorated with tiny white flowers and a big white chicken. I opened the small tin to find it filled with the recipes my grandmother and her friends used to trade and share. This tradition is such a special one; friends coming together to share things […]

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