Lavender-Lemon Pound Cake

This recipe produces a classic pound cake crumb with its buttery structure, but it’s the interplay between the lavender and the lemon that decidedly takes the spotlight. Of Earthen Delights & Buried Treasure On a Saturday morning a few weeks ago, my son and I set out to visit the Sunrise Farmer’s Market. It was […]

Blackberry Glazed Ribs

  Spring has sprung and how I was reminded of it this past weekend! Sunny blue skies and highs in the upper 70s made an ideal setting to venture out into the yard to get my hands dirty. It had been 5 months since I picked up a garden tool, started the mower or let […]

Red Headphone Cupcakes

  AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH April is Autism Acceptance Month. Orchestrated by Paula Durbin-Westby in 2011, the first celebration of this special month was devised to shift the focus from autism awareness to acceptance. Typical autism awareness campaigns of late are often times insensitive and maligning to the autism community. It was natural progression then, to […]

Strawberry Kiss Cake

  I used to marvel at them, the shiny plastic-covered rows of tilled soil awaiting a fresh planting. You could hardly miss them as your car jetted south on the 5 or 405. If you fixed your gaze a certain way, the passing symmetrical rows would appear as though they were in motion while you […]

Making Fondant Figurines

    Making fondant figurines doesn’t have to be complicated and it doesn’t require a lot of skill. But when a fondant piece is added to a cake as decoration, it really brings the finished creation to life. Here’s what you’ll need: Patience A vision or reference point Time Here’s what you’ll need to consider: […]

Sugarbread Cookies

  I believe it’s important to engage kids in the kitchen: To get their hands working, minds thinking and conversations flowing. It helps them to see that a hot meal doesn’t magically appear on the table. It opens their eyes to planning, budgeting and improvisation. Most importantly, teaching kids kitchen work forms bonds that are […]

Irish-French Toast

  During a recent Google+ Hangout on Air, I was demonstrating how to make Irish Soda Bread when my friend Jennifer Field of Pastry Chef Online suggested I share one of the things I do with leftover soda bread. On the occasion where there’s ample supply on hand, as was the case this year, I’ll […]

Corned Beef Hash

To know me is to appreciate that I adore the evening meal on St. Patrick’s Day. The preparations begin in the morning with soda bread, the simmering of a nicely brined corned beef by afternoon and it finishes up with sides of potatoes and cabbage. Through it all, beyond the pint or two of dark […]

Irish Soda Bread

    Irish boiled dinners have long been a tradition in my house. As a matter of convenience and time management, the early years found my wife and me dining at a local pub or restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day. After all, we met in a bar and we were in our 20s then, so […]

Meyer Lemon, Pistachio & Cranberry Scones with Chef Dennis

  Look what arrived in the mail! I’m very excited to share this with you as a new feature at Cakewalker: The Guest Postcard series.   Much like a postcard, the series centers on food subjects sent in from my friends for all to enjoy. The guest post might cover a variety of topics in […]