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Is it a Macaron or Macaroon?

It’s just a simple nonchalant circle that tells the story of two unique cookies! “Macaron” versus “Macaroon.” That little extra “o” is more than just a letter in the alphabet. And it plays a higher role than offering distinctive word pronunciation. In the baking world, the missing—or added letter can truly spell the difference between […]

Miss NiNis Raspberry Cake

Convenience At Your Fingertips? – Cake Mixes

It’s been called the invention that redefined “Baking.” Was it the electric mixer? Perhaps, it was a modern oven fueled by propane rather than wood or corn cobs. As much as Miss NiNi loves my silicone spatulas, it might have been something as simple as the invention of that little kitchen tool, Dear Readers. But […]

A Collection From the Past – The Church Cookbook

It’s a walk down memory lane for me.  Fifty pages of print held together with black plastic spiral binding lay before me. Years of use helped release its front cover from the “hinges” of page fellowship. But that didn’t prune any value from its worth. Even without its glossy outer cloak, the collection still contained […]

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 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 […]