It's January and it's a rewind week.
Looks like the perfect time for my annual catch-up post.
I kept up until June of last year (2017) so let's start with July.
From Baking Chez Moi (BCM): Martine's Gateau de Savoie, a nice little sponge cake that was perfect with summer fruit
From Dorie's Cookies (DC), Classic Jammers
and Coffee Malteds
|First time I ever used malted milk powder.|
These were especially good with Dulce du Leche.
And guess what? It comes in a squeeze bottle!
July was a difficult month for us. After almost 5 years of chemo and other treatments, we discovered that my husband's cancer had continued to spread. We were out of options and entered hospice care. There was, however, a concert. After a lifetime of concerts, I'm glad that Michael's last one was to see Sir Paul. We'd seen him before, but we were all older, wiser, and a bit more sentimental this time.
I made these but can find no photographic evidence. Crunchy oatmeal chocolate chip with raisins and a little cinnamon. Similar to Cowboy Cookies without the nuts and coconut. (We do love some Cowboy Cookies.)
August was a time of visiting with friends and family. Even with declining health, Michael's social calendar was full. Lunches, dinners, a visit to the lake, bingo, and baseball. We made it to two games at the new Braves stadium.
And there was an eclipse!
The most difficult month of my life. I honestly believed that Michael would beat this. Even as it was happening right in front of my eyes, I did not realize what it would mean to lose him. If only we'd had a little more time. I believe that real answers on cancer will come very soon. Brilliant people are out there working on it every day. There was no baking in September.
DC: Crumb-Topped Apple Bars
|Good. Easy. In Season.|
DC: French Snacklettes
|The Snacklettes were little chocolate chunks. Here they are|
on the stump of the 100-yr-old oak that hurricane Irma took
down 2 days before Michael died. Visual metaphor of our life.
DC: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
|These were fantastic! The pumpkin cakes had|
little bits of chopped fresh cranberries. The
filling was made from marshmallow creme
and dulce du leche.
DC: Princeton Gingersnaps
We've had our own Molasses cookie recipe for years, but I do believe these were better. I mean, three different kinds of ginger!?! (Fresh, crystallized, and ground) They stayed soft too. I'm sold.
|perfect for a little eggnog ice cream sandwich|
I was listening to someone interviewing a famous chef and the question was "what is your favorite dessert?" At that very moment I realized that I do not know how to make my favorite dessert. If I'm in a fancy restaurant, I'm asking for Creme Brulee. So I made a New Year's resolution right then and there to learn about Creme Brulee. This will be an ongoing project. First up was Alton Brown's recipe. Good but oh so rich! We didn't even finish them all. Next time, half a recipe might be enough.
And finally, January of 2018
These cookies apparently have a bit of a cult following in NYC and I can see why. Two kinds of chocolate (3 if you count cocoa), cherries, and a large quantity of cashews.
|Milk. You must have milk.|
|The REAL lesson from this recipe.|
I have a wonderful new kitchen scale.
150 grams of sugar is NOT 3/4 cup - it's a little more than 1/2 cup.
I'll be weighing ingredients from now on!
We've had some very COLD weather. Of course it was good.
|Used my little creme brulee torch to toast those marshmallows.|
|Perfect with that fancy new yogurt that comes in a jar.|