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The Lemon Jelly Cake

Before the Curlicue Curtsies – The Lemon Jelly Cake

There it was before me–The Lemon Jelly Cake. Ahh, Dear Readers, even without taking a bite, I could imagine the complexity of flavors–multiple layers of snow-white cake, tart bright yellow lemon curd, and rosy-red raspberry seedless jam topped with a dollop of lightly sweetened whipped cream whose tip gently curtsied to its audience! Does that […]

Miss NiNi's Dobosh Torte

A Secret Revealed – The Dobosh Torte

She and I…we had a secret. It was on a Sunday when Little Missy, our soon-to-be-fourth-grader granddaughter, greeted me after worship services. She softly whispered a message into my ear. It had to do with a certain upcoming family member’s birthday and the need for a birthday cake. A three-layer Better-Than-Fudge Cake was the request. […]

Creaming, Coffee, and Cookies – Coffee Sugar Cookies

Dear Readers, I’m always on the search for new and interesting recipes. Do you peruse the Internet or even gaze through pages of grocery store periodicals in search of finding that novel recipe to try? I was enjoying my favorite latte when the recipe for Coffee Sugar Cookies caught my attention from pinterest.com. I read […]

Miss NiNi’s Melting Pot – The Bakers

When I was a third grader in country school, my teacher, Mrs. Arntz, broached the subject of American history and the formative years of our great country with an initial reference to our native America as a “melting pot.” As I reflect on that memory, I think it quite coincidental that she taught this lesson […]

Taking the BOO-HOOs Out of Baking – Pan Preparation

You’ve taken time out of your busy schedule to do something extra special for your family—perhaps, something like baking a well-loved special treat. The dusty family cookbook or recipe file comes out of hibernation. “Now, where is that recipe for Grandma’s banana bread?” you mutter to yourself. “It’s got to be here somewhere! Ahh, there […]

angel food cake from miss ninis west des moines desserterie

A Recipe’s Creative Rebirthing

It was when Second-Born Dear Daughter (SBDD) suggested that we introduce a touch of Spring to our dessert menu that she reflected on a very special family recipe. This recipe has had treasured residence in the family hand-me-down cookbook for decades. My mom’s angel food cake modus operandi was and still is part of the […]

The Little Darlin’s – Cake Truffles

I call them The Little Darlin’s. Dear Readers, one might think that this term of affection is designated for my two favorite little people in our family. It certainly does fit the description of our Grands, Little Missy and Little Sir! However, in this week’s baking chat, I’m referring to Delicious Defined Little Darlin’s that […]

A Gift That Created A Story

Dear Readers, I’m speculating that you have faded, perhaps-burned-on-the-edges aged potholder friends that have protected your hands and fingers for numerous baking years. Because cosmetics cannot necessarily repair their fabric blemishes, they get welcome rest when company comes. However, as soon as a guest’s last farewell is articulated, those baking pals gravitate to their rightful hallowed location next to the range.

Springtime Baking Wake-Up Call

Wake up! Wake up, Dear Readers! It’s a new season! With warmer days of the month, the banner of “Light and Fresh” waves ‘Good-Bye’ to the last snowman standing. Believe it or not, seasonality plays a gigantic part in desired food flavor preferences. We consumers begin craving fresh and fruity flavors with which to swaddle […]