Easy Peach Dump Cake

Easy Peach Dump Cake

A few days ago I posted a recipe for “Individual Mini Peach Pies” and promised I would soon post a recipe for “Peach Dump Cake” – which you can use any leftover fruit and juice/syrup (from the can) to make.  Dump cake tastes kind of like a hybrid of cake, cobbler, and pudding.  Texture wise, [...]

Individual Mini Peach Pies

Mini Peach Pies

Last week, I was reading my latest issue of Food Network Magazine, and came across a wonderful idea for individual peach pies: use half of a peach to stuff a pastry lined cupcake pan!  This reminded me of the “Mini Apple Pie” recipe that I posted a few years ago… and I thought why not [...]

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream

Have you noticed a lot of ice cream labels these days?  Many of them no longer say ‘Ice Cream’… they actually say ‘Frozen Dairy Dessert’!!!  What happened to ‘Ice Cream’ and why are we all eating ‘Frozen Dairy Dessert’ instead?  I suspect it has something to do with the “healthy eating” movement.  People have become [...]

Homemade Pineapple Jam (and how to water bath can your jam for longer-term storage)

Pineapple Jam made with fresh whole pineapples!

Summertime is when I tend to make a bunch of jam… fruit is fresh, in season, and typically on sale!  A few days ago, my friend brought me 4 pineapples from her grocery run up to the Asian market in Orange County… she had a craving for pineapple jam and was hoping I would be [...]

Fresh Strawberry Custard Cream Pie

Fresh Strawberry Custard Cream Pie

Yay, it’s strawberry season!  That means fresh juicy ripe strawberries are everywhere, on sale for as little as $0.88/lb.  When strawberries went on special at the market a few days ago, I thought this would be the perfect time to make a fresh strawberry custard cream pie! When making this pie, I find it easier [...]

Easy Spiced Apple Butter Using Blender (No food mill or straining needed)

Spiced Apple Buttet

I’ve been meaning to make Apple Butter for a really long time now… but I always get really turned off by recipes that seem to make it more difficult than it should be.  Apple Butter Purists insist that: #1.  You MUST cook the peels, apples, and cores all together in the same pot (in order [...]

Homemade Gourmet Chocolate Dipped & Covered Strawberries for Valentine’s Day

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries - the perfect treat for Valentine's Day!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been noticing ads all over the internet for gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries.  But seriously, $39.99 for a dozen strawberries (plus shipping)???  That’s insane!  I found fresh strawberries on sale at the supermarket for $1.99 the other day.  With a small portion of the melting chocolate I already have in [...]

Banana Cake (Entenmann’s Old Banana Cake Copycat Recipe)

Banana Cake

When I was a kid, I had this recurring dream… a dream that there was a big cake in the refrigerator, and that when I opened the refrigerator door… I would take the biggest slice of yummy cake out and eat it for breakfast.  Sometimes that dream was so real… I would wake up craving [...]

Moist Lemon Butter Cake (the secret to making moist cakes)


Butter cakes can have incredible flavor, but I’ve found that they can have a tendency to turn out a little bit on the dry side (in comparison to oil cakes).  I’ve made plenty of dry cakes in my lifetime… none which I care to repeat!  Over time, I figured out a few tricks in converting [...]

Mango Butter Cake (Adding fruit to a basic butter cake recipe)

mango butter cake

Are you looking for a simple cake recipe – something that you can add fruit to without worrying about a change in texture?  This is the one!  It’s similar to a pound cake – with a tight fine crumb – and a wonderful buttery flavor (enhanced by the addition of fruit).  You can use mangoes, [...]