Welcoming the New Year and a Recipe for Banana bread with Pecan Streusel

How is it that we’re more than halfway through January? The three-week stretch before the holidays felt like the longest and slowest marathon of parties, get-togethers, preparation, shopping and errands and then Boom! time moves in lightning speeds. It was lovely to spend some relaxing time with our loved ones once the flurry of pre-Christmas […]

Lemon Curd Rolls

The holidays have come and gone, and so has the beginning of the new year. Yet, you still didn’t hear from me. I’m sorry. Again. I’ve never really thought I’d be away from blogging this much, but it surely followed the theme of my 2011: There’s always a first time for something. I’ll spare you […]

Childhood Monkeys and Monkey Bread

An American classic (also called African coffee cake, bubbleloaf, golden crown, and pinch-me cake), this sweet pull-apart bread is like cinnamon rolls in bite size form, but with more cinnamon and sugar caramel with every bite. The homemade dough takes about two 1-hour rising times, but it will be worth the wait. You will be rewarded with gooey, sticky, soft bread after baking in the oven.

Dana Treat Scones: Sweet Dreams Are Made of Savory Cheese-Dill

Scones, which used to remind me of cardboard-flavored wedges of baked flour, have turned into a new culinary love thanks to my friend, Dana. She introduced me to a light and flaky quick bread made with cheddar, cottage cheese, shallots, and livened up with aromatic fine fronds of dill. The base Scone Mix can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer for later use, and is versatile enough to use in sweet scones. Remember to have your savory ingredients ready if baking immediately to prevent butter from melting

Banana Walnut Bread

C’mon take a bite. Say hello to this semi-light and moist banana bread balanced with chopped walnuts. Before you know it, you’ve finished a slice. Worried about your summer diet? Relax. It has yogurt instead of cream. We took care of the texture without giving you the fat. There, there…have another slice. And don’t forget to wipe that golden crumb from the corner of your mouth…