February 11, 2019

Yes, yes, yes, this is another recipe for cheesecake made in the Instant Pot. This recipe pays homage to This Old Gal's classic tried and tested recipe, but updated to fit my European ingredients. I strongly suggest that if you are interested in making this, check out...

January 14, 2019

French Macarons are an addiction of mine and I was going broke paying €2,75 each at Ladurée so I decided to learn how to make them myself. These are time intensive for a very small yield, but they are so worth it. 

This is a slightly different recipe from...

December 23, 2018

If you like a crunchy - no chew in these cookies at all - chocolate chip cookie, this is the recipe for you. 

Many will be aghast that I am publishing this recipe - it has been a closely guarded secret  for many a year. This recipe has been worked and reworked and ad-li...

December 7, 2018

It is not a holiday in our family, especially Christmas, without sugar cookies. It is a wonderful recipe to make with children and the memories of baking with my grandmother for the holidays are some I still cherish. These sugar cookies make great gifts and freeze real...

November 29, 2018

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving is being able to eat pumpkin pie for breakfast the next day. Here is my go to pumpkin pie recipe. 

3/4 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Ginger

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Cloves

2 Eggs, beaten 

1 can (15 oz/...

June 24, 2018

Many of the recipes that I loved while working at West Branch Pond Camps have been altered for the better by my father. His general rule is to "add more of the good stuff" and I can't argue with his track record. This coffeecake recipe is a Chuck-improved version of th...

April 1, 2018

One of my favorite, but more time consuming cakes to make is the family favorite Zuppa Inglese. Literal translation "English Soup" it is a layered chiffon cake with custard fillings and a whipped cream frosting. 


12-14 servings 


2 cup...

January 28, 2018

Cream Puffs or Profiteroles are another classic I learned up at West Branch Pond Camps.  Each and every Sunday they would serve up a full "Thanksgiving" meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy - the works - and they end with a cream puff the size of your fist for dess...

January 15, 2018

For the past 8 years my husband and I have gathered together with friends in January to celebrate JRR Tolkien's birthday by watching all 12 hours of the extended edition Peter Jackson movies and sharing all 7 Hobbit meals: Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Lunche...

August 27, 2017

No family celebration would be complete without Mrs. McLaughlin's Sour Cream Chocolate Cake. We even used it as our wedding cake as part of our dessert table. 


8-10 servings


1 1/2 cup Flour
1 1/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Coc...

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