Streusel and Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Banana Bread

Even though my loving father died shortly past my tenth birthday, and  that Dad was barely home – working tirelessly  at his bakeries – in spite of this–his  smiles and baking endeavors have resonate in me for decades.  All aspects of baking flash before me, daily; they hound me to bake something, anything. I  love…

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake – a sweet dessert with pucker power

At  the beginning of my fora into cooking and baking, which started  fifty years ago, I never thought of using real lemons. Unknowingly I bought those  plastic bright-yellow lemon containers. Naturally there was lemon juice in them, but who knows what else? It took me many years to discover fresh lemons, and their many benefits…

Stud of A Cookie: Chewy Chocolate-chip Coconut Oatmeal

  Cookies give me pause, but not for  long!  In an instant they disappear, as I chew them, devour them, not leaving a crumb.  Yes, that’s how I deal with cookies.  This is especially true when  chocolate is one of the main ingredients.   When knobby dark-colored studs peek out from a cookie, I gobble them…

Double chocolate brownie–honey sweetened

Since childhood, I’ve loved chocolate, nearly every form, from Hershey’s milk chocolate bars,(with or without nuts) to thickly iced cupcakes, to brownies and layer cakes. The brownies I first encountered happened when I visited my father,Irving, a baker, at one of his six bakeries in Newark, New Jersey. Baking was his business for several decades…