Rocky Road Biscotti

Rocky Road Biscotti

Biscotti is one of my favorite cookies, especially as the season of gift giving begins. It’s sturdy, stores well and can be made at least a week before delivery (maybe two!). I’m always looking for ways to turn basic biscotti into something special—not that basic...
Grandma’s Chocolate Custard Pie

Grandma’s Chocolate Custard Pie

Even after many years, I still miss my grandma. I am as old now as she was when I was a little girl living in her house. That is just so hard for me to fathom. My grandma left this world on June 10, 1993, the year of a great flood where I live. Several similar floods...
Strawberry Lemonade Pound Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Pound Cake

When I worked for the University of Illinois Extension Service, I spent two weeks in August at the Illinois State Fair. I was on a communications team that covered the 4-H winners. We worked long hours, submitted media stories daily, filmed video for local news and...
For the Love of Birthday Cake

For the Love of Birthday Cake

Can there be any greater joy or expression of love than baking a birthday cake for your friend or loved one? A birthday cake allows the baker to create a one-of-a-kind gift (Even if it is someone else’s recipe, it’s still your special touch!) that is generally shared...