Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, April 3, 2011

cake decorating

it was a cold and snowy day in midland today, so i decided to bake and decorate a cake.  i often bake two 8-inch round layers of cake, but only decorate one.  then, i save the second in the freezer for another day and time.

today, i selected my traditional icing recipe (maple cupcake icing) and a number 21 star decorating tip and icing bag.  i piped stars on the top of the cake and finished the cake with chopped walnuts.

this is a very easy technique and makes the cake appear quite professionally decorated.

bread maker

i purchased a new breadmaker this week after reading the consumer reviews and commentary on many websites. i have to agree with the other consumers, and say that this is the best breadmaker around.  the recipe booklet that came with the bread baker is filled with so many delicious sounding breads that i am so excited to try in the coming weeks.

i have made one type of bread so far, the herbed crusted dill bread, and the loaf was not only tasty but baked to perfection.  although i do alot of bread baking in the oven, i felt that this tool would allow me to make bread at times i was not able to stay at home and watch the loaf in the oven.

i feel that the various twelve settings will give me a wide variety of bread selection and flavors.  i am so happy to have a new machine.  my older model bread maker was more than 15 years old and had seen better days.

more green tomatoes

this week i found fresh green tomatoes from Canada at my local grocery store.  these were amazing tomatoes, large and firm, and tasted wonderful baked in the oven.

i have shared my green tomato recipe before, but wanted to share this week that these tomatoes were available the last week of march.  i baked these tomatoes for at least 30 minutes after slicing them and preparing them on the sheet pan.

green tomatoes are a great side dish for any chicken or fish entree.  the soft texture after baking gives the tomatoes a superb flavor and taste.  green tomatoes are one of my all time favorite dishes, and baking them has to be my favorite technique.

homemade applesauce

this week i tried a very simple recipe and made homemade applesauce.   since i only had these three large apples, i wasn't able to make a large serving, but just enough to share for one meal.

i simply peeled the apples, and chopped them into small cubes.  i placed them on the stove for about 30 minutes, stirring once and awhile, to soften the apples into sauce.  then, i added 1 tablespoon of vanilla and some sugar to taste.  i found the recipe in this wonderful book from my midland county public library.  i have to say that the vanilla gave the sour apples a bright taste and delicious flavor.

here is a photo of the homemade applesauce that i served for dinner this week.  it was truly yummy and nothing like applesauce from the market.