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8 Aug






Spring Cakes

6 Jun

Here are two cakes I’ve make recently.  The tree cake was for Bella’s preschool picnic, with the names of the students in the leaves.  The sandcastle cake was for Molly’s bridal shower.  I used a combination of graham crackers and vanilla wafers for the “sand,” plus a little edible glitter to make it sparkle.  The turrets are mini Lorna Dorne’s.

Fruit pizza

14 May


Yummy & easy!  Sugar cookies with cream cheese icing and sliced fruit.  Cut them into different shapes if you want.  Blot the fruit dry after you cut it to keep the cookies from getting soggy too fast.

Happy Birthday Bella!

27 Mar

This is Bella’s 4th birthday cake.  Since we had two parties, I suggested cupcakes for one, but she insisted that everyone get the carousel cake.  So I made two tops, that way each party could have a complete cake.

I made 2 cakes, dividing each batch into three layers instead of two.  I iced between three sets of two layers, and froze them.  When they were nearly firm, I marked the center and cut two of the cakes into a dome shape for the carousel top.  The bottom of the carousel was the remaining two layer cake.  The pillars are Wilton cake pillars with dowel rods for support.  The top is supported with covered cardboard cake circles (a little precarious!).  I used a flat tip to pipe the icing on the top, and topped it all off with edible glitter, and of course, ponies.  Shawn always adds a critical element to my cakes, and he was responsible for the construction portion of the carousel, and the flag on top.

Overall, I think Bella loved it, though she did ask me where the poles the ponies went up and down on were!

Date Night: Tapas

25 Feb




Great time at Date Night tonight.  We made empanadas, shrimp toast (the favorite), sweet potato crepes with cranberry sauce and turkey, plus roasted pepper pinwheels and puff pastry twists.   Visit for more info on cooking classes and videos!

Cooking Classes @ the Middletown Cooking Studio

7 Feb

Jenn & Megan showing off their seared shrimp & scallops at last week’s Date Night: Seafood.

We also made fish in parchment packets, shrimp & fennel pot pie, and lemon bars – yum!


Visit the Frederick County Parks and Recreation website for more upcoming classes!  Click on Registration to browse programs.  While you’re there, check out the new page just for Cooking Classes.  We’ve got links to cooking videos & recipes, including my newest one featuring Butternut Squash Bisque.  You can also email the cooking program directly with any questions.

Caramel Apples

18 Jan

These are the cutest little things!  Use a melon baller to scoop out balls of Granny Smith apples, insert lollipop stick, pat dry, then dip in caramel and assorted toppings.  (I forgot to dry my apples, so the caramel is sliding off!).

These are the perfect size for kids, both for making and eating.  Mini chocolate chips, chopped nuts, mini M&M’s, and sprinkles all make great toppings.  You can also dip the apples in melted white or semisweet chocolate.

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