Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about eggs and their significance in the Bible, especially during Easter. The 2 recipes, one for hot cross buns and the other for a quick cherry coffee cake are family favorites, and good baking projects while we’re all sheltering in place. I hope each of you celebrate these holy days and remember, it’s … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

As I write this column, we are still sheltering in place. And thinking about Easter. Maybe you are, too. Instead of our annual Easter brunch and egg hunt, we’ll be celebrating on a smaller scale.  Yet there’s still much to feel blessed about. Just take a walk outside. Check out the beautiful wild violets and blooming forsythia. (They both make lovely jellies.) Trees are bursting … Continue reading Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

Comforting Food for Troubled Times

  What a difference a week makes. Last week we were concerned about corona virus but not overly so. Now we’re “sheltering in place,” a term you’ve heard many times since then.  I was at the grocery and not surprised to see lean or empty shelves. No doubt we’re all experiencing a scary time. It’s the unknown that’s so unsettling. So what do we do … Continue reading Comforting Food for Troubled Times

St. Valentine and 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Today Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, talked about St. Valentine and why we celebrate Valentine’s Day today. Did you know there was more than 1 St. Valentine? Read on. And I know you’ll have fun and like the vintage chocolate cake recipe – 3 ingredients and you’re done! By the way, don’t forget about someone who may be alone or needing a friendly … Continue reading St. Valentine and 3 Ingredient Chocolate Cherry Cake

Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Jane’s chocolate truffles Rita’s chocolate truffles The first time I had a chocolate truffle was at a trendy Chicago restaurant during a food convention with my husband and his then employers, Howard and Jan Melvin of The Heritage Restaurant. So long ago!  I was immediately smitten with the silky chocolate confection. Since then I’ve made lots of truffles, but none are better than Jane Cervantes’. … Continue reading Easy and Elegant Truffles for Valentine’s Day

Heirloom Coffee Cake

There it was, buried in the bottom of our large bin where holiday decorations are stored. A Good Housekeeping magazine from November 1984. Now here’s the query: why was it there? It took me a few minutes to remember.  As a young mom, I was fascinated with holiday baking, and the cover photo, though faded, shows a beautifully decorated gingerbread house. “Make our cozy gingerbread … Continue reading Heirloom Coffee Cake