Melody Cookies

According to Dorie Melody Cookies were a big hit in the 60s from Nabisco but by 1970 had disappeared. This cookie phenomenon was before my time so I was not aware of what I was missing. These cookies came out as promised; very chocolaty and with a nice snap. Dorie recommends Valrhona dark cocoa but…

Cat’s Tongues

“Cat’s Tongues are long, thin oval-shaped cookies that are characteristically browned around the edges and paler at the center.” When I read Dorie’s Bonne Idee for this cookie, Milano-ish sandwich cookies with a chocolate ganache I knew I would make that version. These cookies are quite easy with butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, egg whites and…

Strawberry Shortcake

This week at I Heart Cooking Clubs we were tasked with making Summer Sunday Suppers. There is nothing quite like strawberry shortcake for a summer dessert. The fresh strawberries are at their pique of ripeness and coolness of the whipped cream are a perfect combination. I made Ruth Reichl’s Strawberry Shortcake from My Kitchen Year….

Worst Baking Disaster

This is by far my worst baking disaster. It is supposed to be a Tennessee Jam Cake with Caramel Frosting. This is my husband’s birthday cake. If he didn’t know me better, he would think I was out to get revenge or something. I warned my husband when I was done. I said things like…

Vanilla Polka Dots

When I saw these Vanilla Polka Dots come up for nomination on Tuesdays with Dorie, I knew I needed to start hunting for pearl sugar. This group made another recipe with pearl sugar but I forgot which recipe and I was unable to find it. This time I was determined to get the right ingredient….

Big New York Cheesecake

I have a co-worker whose favorite dessert is cheesecake. For his birthday, I made him this one from Ruth Reichl’s My Kitchen Year. This recipe is a classic; chocolate crust, cream cheese filling, and a sour cream top. This was a big hit with the work crowd as well as my son whom I took…

Citrus-Currant Sunshine Muffins

I dusted off my copy of Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan and searched for some recipes I had yet to make. This muffin recipe caught my eye as one I wanted to bake. I checked the reviews by Steph, she liked them, and decided to make these as my recipe of…