Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oat Cookies

When I was a kid, we had a rather long walk to school.  On cold, damp days, Mom would always be pulling freshly baked cookies out of the oven when we arrived home.  I don’t think she ever purchased cookies from the grocery store.  Nor have I.  I kept this tradition going for our children […]

The Tale Of My Gugelhupf (Kugelhopf) Pan

Every childhood visit to my Swiss German grandparents in Pennsylvania was greeted by the smell of freshly-baked Gugelhupf. The taste and smell of this round, high-domed, dense, buttery, raisin-speckled cake baked in a decorative pan with a hole in the center penetrates every memory I have of them. My grandmother was born and raised in […]

No-Knead Cherry Chocolate Pecan Bread

While settling into our new home in Northern California and spending less time in Switzerland, we are rather desperately missing the huge variety of fantastic, freshly-baked breads available everywhere to meet demands of the bread-loving Swiss.  As we hunt around our new area seeking out good bread, I have begun baking my own. A recipe […]

Chocolate Almond Flourless Cake

For many years, I taught a series of classes entitled Desperate Households.  In each class, students worked in small groups with each group making a full meal.  I always thought it was important for students to make everything on the menu, thinking it unfair for them to sign up and only make one of the […]