• Cake Crave

    Invari­ably, some­one we know will soon have a birth­day worth cel­e­brat­ing. That’s when those well-​intentioned healthy new year’s res­o­lu­tions (“no more sugar”, “give up sweets” or “lay off desserts”) go right out the window.

    A “spe­cial occa­sion” cake day is one thing and an almost for­giv­able digres­sion. What about those other gotta have cake days?

    No mat­ter how hard we resist, some­times the desire is beyond our might­i­est con­trol. The cake crav­ing sneaks up on us like a toothache.
  • Hand Pies

    Every­one loves pie, right? No argu­ment there. The only thing that might come close to sur­pass­ing pie is to have an indi­vid­ual hand pie all to one’s self.

    We’re not talk­ing about those gar­den vari­ety, store bought, waxed paper wrapped, card­board crust, sug­ary coated, fake fill­ing small pies. Nope.

    Instead, the bar is set high for ten­der, flaky pie crusts, ready for portable, lovely cre­ations burst­ing with local ingre­di­ents.

    Crisp, cool evenings war­rant get­ting back into the kitchen with the folks we love to hang out with. Hand pies are the stuff that mem­o­ries are made of when we include friends, fam­ily mem­bers and even cowork­ers if one is so inclined.

    It really doesn’t mat­ter if scratch bak­ing skills are not per­fected. There are plenty of “secret recipes and tips” avail­able to make the process less daunting.