Potato Donuts

This recipe comes from one of my favorite TikTokers, B Dylan Hollis. I made them with my friend Birdie one rainy afternoon using her electric deep fryer. They make a rather heavy, but melt-in-your-mouth donut that’s not quite a cake donut and not quite a raised donut. The cashiers at Trader Joe’s loved them!! Varieties: … Read more

Strawberry Angel Food Cake

I had volunteered to make the kids’ birthday cake and asked them what kind they wanted. I was really surprised that they both wanted angel food cake!! (I mean, who actually likes angel food cake??) It turns out that this is a fussy, pain in the ass cake to make – even though it’s so … Read more

Cherry Pie

It was my mom’s 81st birthday (or would have been) yesterday; and since she always asked for cherry pie instead of birthday cake, I decided to make one in her honor. I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (the same folks who gave me this awesome bagels recipe). But I’ve got a few notes: … Read more

Oatmeal-chocolate-chip-raisin cookies

The top note in this recipe is definitely the oatmeal. Meaning, your first bite tells your brain, “This is an oatmeal cookie.” The raisins give it the chew and fruity sweetness I find I can’t do without in an oatmeal cookie; and the chocolate chips just bring the whole thing home. I’m thinking that some … Read more

Jello Salads

Ahhhhhh 2020, are there no limits to the havoc you will wreak? You’ve got me eating Jell-O! Mixed with Cool-Whip and sour cream, no less!!! Side bar: on all these recipe blogs I researched for this compilation, the writer always feels the need to clarify that we aren’t talking about salad, as in lettuce and … Read more

Coconut Macaroons

Holy moley, are these good!!! And sooooooo superior to anything you can buy at the store. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and a filling dose of healthy coconut besides. Plus they’re so easy! If you want them a little chocolatey, stir a few chocolate chips into the batter before baking. Way easier … Read more

Vanilla Pudding

This fast, easy homemade pudding is delicious on its own. But it’s also the base for all kinds of desserts: cream pies – add sliced bananas or other fruit and pour into a baked pie shell Boston cream pie – which is actually vanilla cake with pudding instead of frosting between the layers, and chocolate … Read more

Swedish rosettes

These cookies have lost part of their charm for me, now that a similar confection is so widely available at street fairs. Sometimes called an elephant ear, sometimes just “fried dough,” it’s all basically the same – a very simple batter deep fried and then dusted heavily with powdered sugar. The addition of the lemon … Read more


Along with sandbakkles and pepperkakker, krumkakker are one of the cookies that form the Norwegian triumvirate. If you ever go to a Swedish market, or a Scandinavian Christmas mart, you’re guaranteed to find these for sale – often with a cream filling. But as purists, we Oksendahls/Sahlbergs serve the cookies plain, no filling. Making this … Read more

Sour Cream Cashew Drops

Cashews are my dad’s favorite snack. Every year, he gets an oversized bag of them in his stocking, and we always have to make these cookies. They’re quite tasty plain, but the brown-butter frosting is what makes them really special. 1/2 c soft butter 1 c brown sugar 1 egg 1 t vanilla 2 c … Read more