The Ultimate Plum Cake: Yeast Required

It might be my Slavic/Polish heritage, but I think anything made with plums or prunes is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.  Poland is among the top 20 plum producing countries, with production levels at over 100,000 tons per year.  Nothing beats Polish plum conserves, chocolate covered prunes, prune-filled doughnuts, prune layered honey cake, or even spiced plum herbal tea.  […]

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Thanksgiving Vegetables: Brussels Sprouts

Vegetables for Thanksgiving usually end up being some form of sweet potatoes, pearl onions, green beans or cauliflower, and one of my least favorite vegetables, Brussels sprouts.  I’ve grown more fond of these little cabbages over the years, but they still are nowhere near my top ten favorite vegetables.  However, when coupled with bacon and onions, […]

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Pie in a Bar: Pecan Pie Bars

Growing up, if a dessert had nuts in it, I stayed clear away.  A brownie or chocolate chip cookie with nuts was the ultimate disappointment.  The nuts took space away from the chocolate, left a bitter aftertaste, got in between my teeth, weren’t soft and gooey–the complaints were many.  As an adult, I still prefer […]

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Pumpkin-Chocolate Bundt Cake

I have a recurring fascination with pumpkin.  Some varieties can grow to be huge.  And the smallest varieties are just plain cute.  I have been to local fall festivals where tons of post-Halloween pumpkins that have been thrown away get to participate in the annual “pumpkin drop” and “pumpkin toss.”   Statistics from the USDA show that in […]

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German Plum Cake (Pflaumenkuchen)

It was a week after I baked my Polish Plum Cake, and the kids started asking for more.  I only had a handful of large plums remaining from our Costco stockpile–didn’t seem to be enough to bake another cake.  I was curious to see whether there is a German equivalent, given that Poland and Germany are […]

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