#cakeconfession · carrot cake cupcakes · cupcakes · orange creamsicle frosting · orange zest · walnut · zest


I have a confession to make.  No, I’m not in denial.  I can admit it out loud.  Here goes, I’m one of those people that likes carrot cake.  Phew!  There, I said it.  I feel better now.  Look, I know it’s not the most popular cake flavor out there but I love a good carrot cake. … Continue reading #cakeconfession

easy recipes · fruit syrup · green tea · iced tea · Maya's Jams · recipes · saving money · summer · summer splurges · tea

Brewing summer savings

I’m the kind of person that has to have an iced coffee or tea during the summer.  However, this does nothing for my wallet.  In trying harder to save more, I’ve started being smarter about planning out meals and preparing them ahead of time.  For breakfast, I make overnight oats with a variety of fresh fruit.… Continue reading Brewing summer savings

Bibliophile · books · childhood · From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler · kryptonite · reading · summer · The Alchemist

“When I was your age, television was called books”

Recently, I was speaking to someone about books/book clubs.  The conversation took us both back to our childhoods.  We compared notes about participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  The genres I devoured in my childhood have since expanded. A typical summer reading list then would include:  The Babysitters Club,Sweet Valley High, andThe Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys… Continue reading “When I was your age, television was called books”

baking · baking science · bread · bread making · bread making steps · dough · food science · kitchen · kitchen lessons · kneading · wild yeast · yeast

Butterflies and jitters

My students, like most others who don’t have much experience making bread, often hold themselves back from learning and doing.  Though I understand being nervous trying something new for the first time and being afraid of making mistakes, overcoming that fear is paramount to understanding the processes of bread making.  Also, if we didn’t make mistakes,… Continue reading Butterflies and jitters

baking · baking science · candy · caramel · caramelization · coconut · coconut caramel · coconut milk · food science · Maillard reaction · recipes · salt · sea salt · sugar

Key Largo, Montego…

The heat has been rising in the northeast and for whatever reason, the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” kept popping into my head.  So, I thought it would make a fitting title for a post about coconut caramel. I came up with the recipe a couple of summers ago in a tiny test kitchen in Manhattan.  It was… Continue reading Key Largo, Montego…