A personal kitchen diary. I try new recipes and make notes on what works and what doesn't. Sometimes I can things, and sometimes I dry herbs. This is the story of my kitchen.

Dessert

Quest for a Perfect Pound Cake – This wasn’t it

Quest for a Perfect Pound Cake – This wasn’t it

A friend is turning 50 this spring, and when I asked him what his favorite cake was, he said pound cake.  Well, the quest began for the perfect recipe so I could make him a pound cake for his birthday. And then I saw this […]

I made Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Pie

I made Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Pie

Last month I made a bunch of little mini-cheesecakes for a rehearsal dinner.  One of the recipes was for key lime cheesecakes, and the only size bottle of Key Lime Juice available at my grocery store was a pretty large bottle—and it says use by […]

A Variety of Mini-Cheesecakes

A Variety of Mini-Cheesecakes

I made 60 mini-cheesecakes for a rehearsal dinner last week.  I did a trial run a few weeks before that with a raspberry swirl with chocolate crust. I liked the base cheesecake recipe, and decided to use that for all five versions that I made, […]

Mini Cheesecakes with a Chocolate Crust and Raspberry Swirl

Mini Cheesecakes with a Chocolate Crust and Raspberry Swirl

Mini Cheesecakes with a Chocolate Crust and Raspberry Swirl A very special young man is getting married in two weeks, and I was asked to bring dessert for the rehearsal dinner.   While I like to cook, I don’t do a lot of desserts, so […]

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

A friend of mine brought this cake for Steve’s birthday one year.  She called it the best chocolate cake ever, and she was right. So, when my nephew was over right before his birthday, I made it for him. I decided to make a layer […]

Chocolate Mint Brownies

Chocolate Mint Brownies

I saw this recipe in Food & Wine magazine, and decided to try it and use some of the chocolate mint extract I made last summer from the chocolate mint in my herb pot. http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/chocolate-peppermint-brownies I’m afraid it was a bit of a bust though. […]

Peach Cobbler courtesy of a Martha Stewart recipe

Peach Cobbler courtesy of a Martha Stewart recipe

I made this mainly because I needed some room in the freezer.  I had frozen some peaches from Peters Orchard in Waverly Missouri, and if I made Peach Cobbler, it freed up the necessary space!   Win win for all. A little brown sugar, cinnamon, […]

Apple Pie!

Apple Pie!

I went out to Peters Orchards in Waverly Missouri a few weeks ago and got two gigantic bags of apples to carry us through the winter (seriously, I find it amazing that if you keep them in your garage fridge, in the bags they come […]

Fresh Peach Pie

Fresh Peach Pie

It’s about the end of the peach season here in Missouri, so it seemed like I should make a pie.  First, the peaches.  Really the fastest way to peel them and not have much waste is to cut a little x in the bottom of […]