Butterscotch (“Scudderchip”) Scones

Triple butterscotch: Butterscotch chips inside; butterscotch extract inside; butterscotch extract brushed on the top. My lifelong love of Scones came from a coffee shop in Washington Square, Brookline (back in the day) that had the best maple-oatmeal scone that I ever ate. I really wasn't even a scone fan, thinking them dry and crumbly, without … Continue reading Butterscotch (“Scudderchip”) Scones

Salty-Sweet Pecan Cookie

Above, Curio's vanilla salt and Pocketful of Starlight's vanilla sugar. Not pictured: Niblack's butterscotch products, which I think are the best available (and I use a lot of butterscotch products). If you come to this blog often, you will already know that I am not a creator of recipes, but a finder, tester and tweaker … Continue reading Salty-Sweet Pecan Cookie

Banana Muffins 2020

If you know me you know that I buy a lot of bananas, mostly at the pace of my house's eating them, but occasionally there is a skip, then bananas turn brown, no one will east them, new green ones come in, I deposit the brown-black bananas in the freezer. It's like the opposite of … Continue reading Banana Muffins 2020

Banana Cake (not banana bread)

When faced with a surplus of bananas, I make the Cook's Illustrated banana bread recipe. If I'm feeling whimsical, I might make banana pancakes, or I will use them for muffins, with walnuts, chocolate chips, or whatever.   Over the years I have collected wisdom around banana baking- and that is that first and foremost to … Continue reading Banana Cake (not banana bread)

Jane’s Pasta – Quarantine Version

We call this "Jane's Pasta" because my sister in law made this for my kids one day when it looked like there was nothing in the refrigerator. Everyone has some kind of meal that they can whip up with very little planning. Spaghetti (and anything) is probably pretty common, but this came out good, and … Continue reading Jane’s Pasta – Quarantine Version