Gravenstein Apple Slab Pie

There is a local apple variety that is hitting the markets right now — the Gravenstein Apple. It’s juicy and fresh, with a delightfully balanced flavor. This early ripening apple is an old fashioned variety that does well in northern CA, with Sonoma County it’s epicenter of production. I attended the Gravenstein Apple Fair last…

Snickerdoodles

Cinnamon, sugar, butter — and the puffy-soft/slightly crispy texture is what makes this classic cookie one of my favorites.  The key is just the right ratio of ingredients, and using baking soda and cream of tartar for leavening. Here’s a bonus – this is recipe is supremely easy to throw together — no need for…

Cinnamon Crumb Cake

This old timey crumb cake is uber easy, delicious, and time tested. It is a treat that you can whip up fast, and enjoy for dessert, or even as a brunch coffee cake.  It’s college student friendly, as the short ingredient list is inexpensive and the cake feeds a party.  It’s a great late night…

Snickerdoodles

The Snickerdoodle is a humble cookie, possessing a homey magic all its own.  These cookies are soft, crinkly, sweet, and fragrant with cinnamon. Snickerdoodles are leavened with a combination of baking soda and cream of tartar (potassium bitartrate).  This combo provides fast rising at the beginning of baking, resulting in Snickerdoodle’s characteristic crinkles. Snickerdoodles 2…