Classic White Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Tomorrow is my mother-in-law, Connie’s, birthday. I won’t tell you how old she will be, but I will tell you that I love her more and more every year that passes by. When I asked her what flavor she wanted, Connie requested a white cake. I used the classic white cake recipe from Baking Illustrated,…

Food Memory Friday: Fresh Pesto and Tomato Bread

This recipe is my Aunt Khaki’s. I first tasted it about 7 years ago while she was visiting my family during the summer. At that point in my life, I had never had (or heard of) pesto and I was instantly intrigued. After my first bite of the crunchy deliciousness, I wanted the recipe right…

Fresh Ginger Ale

Attention all ginger lovers: this drink is for you!*** A few weeks ago Robert and I ate dinner at The Northstar Cafe downtown. If you live in the central Ohio area and haven’t eaten there yet, you should. It took us awhile to finally get around to dining at this glorious establishment and I wish…

Cinnamon Sugar Palmiers

I made these cinnamon sugar palmiers a few weeks ago to go with creme brulee. My only experience with this type of cookie was making them with frozen puff pastry from the grocery store. They were perfectly delicious with this route, but I wanted to try puff pastry from scratch. The method I used is…

Homemade Graham Crackers

My Aunt Khaki made homemade graham crackers a couple of years ago and I was instantly intrigued. I never got around to trying  them and then they started popping up on food blogs and I decided it was time to whip up a batch. Creating the dough is simple, but requires plenty of time to…