quickbread and cake Recipes

Creating Cozy

Ever since returning from our October trip to Venice and Slovenia, I’ve been unable to stop baking.

Beet and Kale Chocolate Cake

Crash-Free Baking – If you walked into my kitchen one afternoon, the winter light reflecting off of cabinets and counters like a blue-ish laser beam, and saw this cake sitting on one of those counters, delicate and decadent, you might feel your shock crowding out your hunger.

Raspberry and Pistachio Lemon Cake

Squirreling Away Flavors – Bon Appetit recently published an entire spread on Sqirl, a restaurant in LA that writer Matt Duckor calls “the future of restaurant food”.

Strawberry Buckle with Pistachio Streusel

A Non-Buckling Buckle – Throughout strawberry season – which lasts all summer in Oregon – our kitchen is rarely without a few tiny blue baskets of strawberries.

Julia's Banana Bread

My Maui Food Memory – Along with visiting the Haleakala Crater and driving The Road to Hana, I planned another must-do for our trip to Maui: eating as much banana bread as possible.

Almond and Jam Pastries

A Quick & Filling Pastry – As soon as I saw the picture of these almond and jam pastries in the latest Sunset Magazine, I took immediate action.

Chocolate and Beet Brownies

Beet Brownies – These beet brownies were supposed to be my sneaky way of transforming a decadent treat into a partially ‘healthy’ snack.

Brown Butter, Ginger, & Sour Cream Coffee Cake

A "No Bowl Left Clean" Coffee Cake – I first made this coffee cake last year, around the start of Fall.

Pistachio, Lemon, & Almond Cake

Portland Larder? – When we lived in Brooklyn – which seems like at least a year ago, but in reality was a mere four months ago – I visited Brooklyn Larder three to four times a week.

Strawberry Bread

Six Pints of Strawberries: Strawberry Bread – When I brought home six pints of strawberries, my vague ideas about what to do with them consisted mostly of what I didn't want to do with them.

Orange and Poppy Seed Cake

“Portland-ing” – I tend to glance at the 10-day weather forecast more often than is healthy.

Ginger Peach Muffins

Memories of Summer: Ginger Peach Muffins – Smelling a ripe peach immediately brings to mind several food memories: summers on my parents' deck, eating the fruit as quickly as I could as it leaked all over my arm.

Bran Muffins

Bran Muffin Convert – A quick search for "Super Natural Everyday Bran Muffins" yields multiple results.

Butternut Squash Muffins

Welcoming Fall Flavors – While my closet moves confidently into Fall, my palate is less gung-ho.

Blueberry Muffins

The Best Blueberry Muffins? – I have a recipe binder that I'm slowly filling with interesting recipes I've clipped from magazines and newspapers.

Yellow Cake with Vanilla Buttercream

Practice Means Wanting a Bigger Slice of the Cake – I will humbly admit that I loved how my first cake came out.

Shaker Pumpkin Walnut Bread

Canned Pumpkin Problem – This past Fall, I acted like (some) people do before a big snowstorm and stocked up like I wouldn't be able to leave the apartment all winter.

Pistachio, Yogurt, and Cardamom Cake

Pistachio Obsessed – My love for pistachios is practically predestined.

Zucchini Bread

The Foot Long Zucchini – Frankly, the size of this zucchini is intimidating.