Plum Polenta (Upside Down) Skillet Cake

Plum Polenta (Upside Down) Skillet Cake

This polenta cake–half cake, half cornbread–is built upon fresh plums and a light caramel syrup in a skillet, then finished in the oven and flipped over to reveal a plum and syrup topped polenta cake, moist and not too sweet…perfect for breakfast or afternoon snack.…

Blue/Black Berry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Blue/Black Berry Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This light, moist olive oil cake is a simple to make way to take a short break from butter and is flavored with fresh lemon zest, blueberries, and blackberries for a gorgeous, just sweet enough summer cake that can be served with whipped cream, powdered…

Italian Latteruolo (Pudding) Cake

Italian Latteruolo (Pudding) Cake

Latteruolo It dances off of the tongue: Latteruolo. I have started to obsess over Tuscan cooking and baking. Maybe it is the simplicity and symphony of flavors and straightforward techniques. Other Italian regions have drawn my interest: Neopolitan, Istrian (which is the most Italian influenced…

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

Chocolate Cherry Coconut Loaf Cake

It has been a week of cherries. Only in the last few years have I been more cognizant about the seasons of foods. I’m not one of those obsessed with in season everything types, usually. If I want goulash in the summer, I turn up…

Croatian Plum (or Sour Cherry) Cake

Croatian Plum (or Sour Cherry) Cake

Croatians love simplicity. Prosciutto, cheese, bread, tomatoes, olives, wine. Fruit can serve as dessert. Cheese can come with breakfast. Croatian desserts mainly come from the two main cultural influences: Roman/Venetian and Austro-Hungarian. The latter is filled with tortes and custard and streusel. The former comes…

Gluten-Free Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake with Mandarins

Gluten-Free Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake with Mandarins

Spring/Winter Winter is supposedly long behind us (though you wouldn’t know it by looking out of the rain pelted quarantine windows into the whipping winds of 49 degrees), but I’m still citrus obsessed. It’s really quite simple: 1) Quarantine means your food shopping is limited.…

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Whiskey & Tea (Whiskey Tea Barmbrack)

Lazy Irish Afternoon There is something delicate and extraordinary about an Irish pub in the afternoon hours. Depending on whether you find yourself in a bustling Dublin pub, like the many I frequented while living there in the late 90’s, to a languid Galway pub…

Kerry Apple Cake

Kerry Apple Cake

Galway Girl On the west coast of Ireland is a magical place. Galway. The light is why. Irish light doesn’t move the way that light moves anywhere else–it is more fluid. I spent much time traveling from Dublin to Galway via train, and sometimes bus…

Chocolate Peppermint Buche de Noel, British Baking Style

Chocolate Peppermint Buche de Noel, British Baking Style

A Christmas Failure The Christmas Season came too quickly for me. We lost our 17 year old feline child (grandmother), and, through loved ones and workplaces, I got sick the weekend before Christmas. It was all happening too fast–missing connections with friends, buying gifts last…