Simple Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Autumn is a magnificent season.  Even in the evergreen-filled Pacific Northwest, we still see some deciduous trees turn vivid colors of yellow, orange, and red.  We wrap ourselves in cozy layers and drive out of the cities to pick apples and pumpkins.  We stroll down the streets while smelling the warmth of roaring fireplaces.  Eventually, a quiet but beautiful melancholy sets in. Autumn… Read More Simple Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Chocolate and Lemon Biscotti

Oh look, another biscotti post.  “Really, Mary Ellen?”  Yes, really!  They are my true love.  Okay, maybe not my true love, but they are certainly my biggest baking vice. So imagine my joy when earlier this year, an entire book of biscotti recipes came out.  It even has a cute name – Ciao Biscotti!  It’s almost… Read More Chocolate and Lemon Biscotti

Zucchini Olive Oil Cake

I always start to go a little zucchini-crazy this time of year.  Last year around this time, I made an outstanding Zucchini and Ricotta Galette and a Chocolate Zucchini Cake, then finished the summer with Zucchini Cornbread.  Did I need another zucchini recipe on this blog?  Absolutely. I may be an experienced zucchini-baker, but this is… Read More Zucchini Olive Oil Cake

Devil’s Food White-Out Cake

I have a love-hate relationship with celebration cakes.  You know what I’m talking about – those tall, multi-layered, gorgeous, frosting-covered works of art that are meticulously decorated and, if all is right in the world, elicit a chorus of oohs and aahs from the crowd.  I love making them, I do; but I don’t have a… Read More Devil’s Food White-Out Cake

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Or, Chocolate Chip Cookies Revisited.  Yes, this is the third recipe for chocolate chip (or chunk) cookies I’ve posted, in about a year and a half of doing this blog.  There were Alton Brown’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and now these.  And these – Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, courtesy… Read More Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies