Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

This chocolate cake recipe has a special place in my heart. I received it from my mom, who got it from her sister-in-law. It traveled by word of mouth, “Have you tried this new chocolate…

Vanilla Bean Cheesecake with Rhubarb Compote

Recently, Facebook reminded me that I made a cheesecake with rhubarb compote last spring. A friend asked about the recipe, but I hadn’t been too impressed with the cheesecake. The rhubarb compote, on the other…

Melon and Tropical Fruit Salad

Growing up, fruit salads were an ever-present dish at family gatherings. I don’t mean the fruit cocktail from a tin can with maraschino cherries. Homemade fruit salad, full of home-canned fruits, like peaches, apricots, and…

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites I’ve seen so many strawberry cheesecake bites that involve stuffing the cheesecake mixture into the strawberry. Those are delicious, but I wanted something that was faster and less fussy – I didn’t…

Madeleines

One of my favorite parts about cooking is the adventure. Any time I see a dish that I’ve never eaten, I know I can look up recipes online and try to make it myself. Many new foods…

Boozy Cherry Sherbet

Early Saturday morning, in the sticky depths of July, I loaded up on cherries. A local produce co-op was selling Washington cherries, and I lugged the 20-lb box to my car with glee. The smile disappeared when I…