Don’t Try This at Home

I’m going to stop here, unwilling to further ponder the waste of butter, flour, sour cream, electricity and the dwindling minutes of my youth required to finish this project.

Jubilee!

Londoners throng the Thames for today’s River Pagaent honoring Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. (Of course, there is rain.) We’ll raise a cup to Liz II at tea with some Fuller’s Old-Fashioned Walnut Cake, after an afternoon outing to the National Theatre of London’s  HD broadcast of Frankenstein! with Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock in the marvelously modernized version that just wrapped up season two on Masterpierce…

We Saw Stars

Anticipating this year’s Academy Awards, the Three Points cooks turned to Old Hollywood for inspiration this weekend. By that we mean two of the restaurants that are synonymous with Movieland’s Golden Years: The Brown Derby and Chasen’s. Together they hosted Hollywood elite and produced some classic recipes that proved even stars love their comfort foods,…

Long Live the King!

New Orleans’ bakeries do a mean mail-order business in king cakes this time of year. But—and to some this will be heresy—one can make a delicious (and, I dare say, an even superior) version at home.

Cooking with Gas

Hallelujah! My oven works! My forst foray into baking with my new (to me) gas oven was a tasty melange of almond flour, whole wheat flour, corn meal, apples and the requisite pound of butter. Yum. Simple, crispy on top, oddly light given its contents, and very moist, this single-layer cake improved with age as flavors…

Don’t Butter Me Up

When I announced to my guests that the dessert would be butter-free, they thought I was kidding.

A Cake to Bake

In embarrassing Libra fashion, I must have changed my mind w/r/t the type of cake I wanted to make for the now annual Libra birthday party at least five times. Last year’s entry was a hit, so I was feeling the follow-up pressure, it’s true. But more than that, there’s also finally a full-on fall…

Three Cubed Project: Swinging ’70s, 7Up Cake

Three Cubed Project The Book: Cooking with Love and Butter (Home Interiors and Gifts, Inc.)   Remember Tupperware parties? And the food that accompanied them? Cooking with Love and Butter conjured up memories. Published by Home Interiors and Gifts sometimes during that period (there’s no copyright date), it’s a compilation of recipes from company hostesses who…

Almost Heaven

. . . West Virginia/Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River” A chorus of John Denver’s Take Me Home, Country Roads set us off on the latest Three Points road trip. Destination: Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, for a weekend pig roast hosted by recent guest blogger Michael Turner and wife Marybeth at their family retreat, an 1860s farmhouse and…