Holiday Baking-Gingerbread

Hard to believe that National Gingerbread Day is celebrated in June instead of December, but since today is National Gingerbread Day, I thought that this would be a great day to re-publish this previous post about Torunskie pierniki. Torun, Poland…a medieval city on the banks of the Vistula River, and one of the few citiesContinue reading “Holiday Baking-Gingerbread”

Holiday Baking—Candy

Before the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s making candy was only done at home during the holidays or by professional candy makers in small specialized shops. Candy was very expensive and considered quite a luxury. During and after the Industrial Revolution, candy became affordable and more readily available. Competition became fierce, and large advertisingContinue reading “Holiday Baking—Candy”

Holiday Desserts—Cakes

When I was growing up, my Mom made wedding cakes for almost every wedding in Notth Mississippi…our house constantly smelled like powdered sugar…the whirr of a KitchenAid mixer could be heard constantly…and there were always cake….My Dad and I used to race for the layer of cake that she levelled off the top of theContinue reading “Holiday Desserts—Cakes”

National Peach Month

   The month of August is National Peach month…a month to honor and enjoy the great flavor of juicy peaches. So… 1.  What exactly is a peach? The peach (Prunus persica) is a deciduous tree native to China that bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach. The scientific name Persia, as well as anyContinue reading “National Peach Month”

August Dessert of the Month—The Poke Cake

   Poke Cake is more of a process than an actual recipe…and there are as many different variations of Poke Cake as there are… (Different flavors of cake mix) x (Different flavors of Jello or instant pudding… Betty Crocker makes 27 different flavors of SuperMoist cake mix…Jello makes about thirty different flavors of pudding…that aloneContinue reading “August Dessert of the Month—The Poke Cake”