Blog Birthday Banana Bread

I love banana bread and I love this blog. It’s been four years since I started blogging when I lived in a house in Georgetown with James and six of our friends (man, that was fun!). Now we live in Durham with friends nearby and friends scattered around, but the blog lives on! In honor…

Oatmeal Maple Pecan Scones

Scones are the best warm out of the oven. I’ve often found that fresh-baked scones are only at least 1/3 as good as the day before. They can become cakey and a little too doughy (and this comes from someone who loves dough and cake). Not these babies. These oatmeal scones stay almost as fresh…

Cranberry Orange Bread

I was first introduced to the cranberry-orange flavor combo at Whole Foods. They have delicious cranberry orange muffins that are hard to resist. Looking to recreate this awesome culinary experience (and wanting to create holiday goodies for my colleagues) I looked up what recipes were out there. Answer: A LOT! For some of you that…

Cranberry Oat Banana Bread

Some say holiday foods are filled with gingerbread and cranberries and peppermint. Apparently my holiday recipes center on bananas! It’s not actually that bad. This is just the second banana bread I’ve made in two weeks. This one was a huge hit. James said it was “complex, nuanced, multi-layered, moist and delicious.” What a review!…

Poppyseed Rolls

One of my favorite parts of cooking is being part of tradition. I’ve posted brisket, latke, challah and other holiday recipes over the last almost-four-years(!) We’re now going to travel to a little town in Poland where James’ (paternal) great-great grandmother, Anna Butenas Yesenofski, born in 1886, made poppyseed rolls. Anna brought the recipe with…

Blueberry Coconut Muffins

This week James’ grandparents flew to Hawaii to celebrate their 55th (!!) wedding anniversary! To get that Aloha! mood started, I made these delightfully moist muffins for them for their plane ride. Luckily, we got to keep a few for ourselves! Ingredients Source: Slightly adapted from Bob’s Red Mill 1-1/2 cups flour 3/4 cup Sugar…

Strawberry Banana Bread

Starting today through the rest of August I’ll be on hiatus. My graduate program just ended, we’re in and out of town and the biggest news of all is…we’re moving! I got at job at the North Carolina Museum of Art and we’re hoping to find a place in Durham. I love this blog, but…

Applesauce Kugel

We recently had a deli dinner night with the works: corned beef, pastrami, potato salad, cole slaw, rye bread and pickles. To top off the deli experience I made kugel! I had barely enough noodles, but no apples. I peeked through my pantry and found applesauce. I thought, “Surely there must be some sort of…

Blueberry Coffee Cake

The story of this coffee cake goes like this: buy ONE cart of blueberries… get TWO free… use THREE cups in a coffee cake. You see, there was a sale at our grocery store and there was just no way I was going to pass up that sale. This also meant I had entirely too…

Applesauce Spice Muffins

Summer classes are back and I’m in my seat by 9:30 every morning. As much as I love breakfast foods, I’m not ready to chowdown as soon as I wake up. I usually have some sort of granola bar handy, but that can get old. I need something on-the-go that won’t melt in the summer…

Strawberry Coffee Cake

See that square with the strawberries bursting out? Doesn’t it look cute? Like I fashioned it for a professional magazine photo? Think again. It’s only like that because I took this to my class and James wanted a piece before it was devoured. So that left me with a coffee cake that looked like someone…