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“It;s not the food that makes a good meal, it’s the people sitting in the chairs around the table.”

SALADS GALORIA

SALADS GALORIA

  Salads are healthy but they don't have to be boring. They can be inventive and bold, easy to put together and as hearty as any cooked dish. The most important thing is to use the freshest ingredients possible and change things up often. I feel I've done something...

Pineapple Easter Cupcakes

Pineapple Easter Cupcakes

Easter is right around the corner and tagging behind is Spring!  Snowbells are already popping their litttle white heads out of the cold ground  and there is birdsong filling the air all around us. It's a time of Resurrection and Renewal. Let's make some yummy fruity...

Angel Cookies & Puppy Kisses

Angel Cookies & Puppy Kisses

Do you have a puppy? Then you know what it is to love a dog with your whole heart! This is Angel, my 2 year old Morkie. She is the sweetest, gentlest little 5 pound dog who fills my every day with joy, laughter and hugs. I got her when she was 6 months old… a little...

Door County Apple Crisp

Door County Apple Crisp

Yummy, warm and crunchy Door County Apple Crisp right out of the oven is the go-to breakfast or dessert treat on a cold winter day. When …

Chocolate Mint Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Filled Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Filled Cupcakes are a blend of not-too-sweet chocolate cake, a chocolate peppermint patty as filling and topped with a ric…

Little Gingerbread Cakes

Little Gingerbread Cakes

What could be better than little Gingerbread cakes filled with a really easy recipe for homemade Lemon Curd and topped with Ginger Butter…

German Chocolate Cake Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cake Cupcakes

Do you like surprises? Then you’ll love my German Chocolate Cupcakes made with my Fillable Cupcake Pan from Germany. This pan is inspiri…

Sweet & Salty Zucchini Bread

Sweet & Salty Zucchini Bread

Did you know that the zucchini plant is over 7000 years old? Me neither! But after some research, I found that the plant originated in Me…

Jake Baked A Cake

Jake Baked A Cake

Recently a friend gave me an old book entitled Jake Baked A Cake. The book is 24″ x 19″, published by Scholastic Big Books, copyright 199…

One Recipe. One Bowl. One Book.

One Recipe. One Bowl. One Book.

One of my favorite cakes is Lavender Cake. Just substitute Pipka’s Lavender Extract for Almond Extract in the basic Almond Cake Recipe an…

Donna’s Summertime Meal

Donna’s Summertime Meal

Are you wondering what to do with all your garden bounty? I don’t have squash in my garden but recently I bought beautiful organic butter…

Cherry Almond Upside Down Cake

Cherry Almond Upside Down Cake

Do you like cherries? Do you like almond? Do you like cake? If you've answered yes to any one of these three questions, you'll love, love, love this cake! It's so easy and can be served for breakfast or fancy it up a bit with vanilla ice cream or, my favorite, cherry...

Leading a Vibrant Life

Leading a Vibrant Life

Are you feeling like a couch potato? Bored with everything in your fridge? I was too until I came across this book "The Vibrant Life", eat well, be well, by Amanda Haas. Wow! The recipes are delicious, easy and don't make you feel like you've just came away from a...

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

What do you do when it's 90 degrees outside and you are hot, grumpy and hungry for comfort food? You might do what I did. I baked an apple pie. I know, it sounds silly, but there's nothing like a good home made apple pie even if it's hot outside. I made my first pie...

Mama Mia.. My Favorite Dish

Mama Mia.. My Favorite Dish

Chicken Pepperoncini and Summer Vegetable Medley by Donna Johnson My best friend’s Italian in-laws often served this delightful dish, and when she served it to me, it quickly became my easy-to-prepare favorite! I hope you enjoy it, too! A nice glass of red wine...

Rachel, The Cookie Lady

Rachel, The Cookie Lady

On of my favorite spots in Sister Bay is Analog Coffee & Ice Cream. For over 15 years, Rachel Lohman, also know as the Cookie Lady, has been the baker, chef and owner of this treasured Door County cafe. Every morning she bakes fresh cookies, muffins, scones,...

Almond Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Almond Lemon Curd Cupcakes

Almond Lemon Curd Cupcakes are a combination of Pipka's Almond Cake cupcakes filled with Lemon Curd and topped with a Lemon Buttercream Frosting. They are a mouthful of yummyness. Tangy from the lemon curd, cakey from the Almond Cake and decadent from the buttercream...

Bee Buzz

Bee Buzz

Over 20 years ago, I was at an open air market in Schwabisch Hall, Germany. A group of customers were standing by a table where a vender was selling local honey. Suddenly, a very fat bee buzzed around the table and everyone stood back…not because they were afraid to...

Easy Lemon Lavender Trifle

Easy Lemon Lavender Trifle

Oh my goodness, and I mean GOODNESS! Donna made this cake for my birthday and it was one of the best desserts I've ever had...and, she said, "it's so easy!" Really, Donna? It looks like a fancy dessert from a 4 star Michelin restaurant! But, yes, she was right, it is...

Lemon Lavender Cake

Lemon Lavender Cake

The lovely essence of lavender brings visions of lush rows of lavender growing in the fields of Provence. Commonly used in cooking, lavender has a sweet fragrance of lemon or citrus notes. It's used as a spice or condiment in pastas, salads and dressings, and...

Ghirardelli Chocolate Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ghirardelli Chocolate Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I was never a huge fan of Banana Bread ... until ... on one of my road trips, I discovered Banana Muffins loaded with chocolate chips. Oh my. How was I going to be able to indulge in those delicious muffins when they were 190 miles away from home? I would try to make...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups are one of the best desserts I've ever made and the easiest. It takes just minutes to prepare, bake and eat warm out of the oven. You only a few ingredients which you probably already have in your cupboard and a little butter (not...

Sunday’s Frit-TAH-DAH!

Sunday’s Frit-TAH-DAH!

Oh my gosh! This Mushroom Leek Frittata is light on the inside, crispy on top and delicious all the way through. You won't have any leftovers! And here's the fun part: you can grow your own mushrooms right in your kitchen! Wouldn't that be fun! Mushrooms give the...

Sunday Morning Apricot Almond Scones

Sunday Morning Apricot Almond Scones

Sunday morning is a good time to bake up a batch of apricot scones for breakfast. Crispy on the outside, cakey and full of apricots and sliced almonds on the inside, these warm out of the oven scones will make Sunday mornings feel like a holiday celebration. Add a...

The Answer’s in the Kitchen

The Answer’s in the Kitchen

I love with this article by Sam Sifton of the New York Times, " Good day. How’s it going for you right now, where you stay? It’s unsettling, what’s happening in our nation and across the world, and it’s maybe super-unsettling what’s happening in your neighborhood,...

Top of the mornin’ to you.

Top of the mornin’ to you.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. Make your very own Irish parade. It's time to get green and celebrate with a yummy Almond Cake laced with Whipped Bailey's Irish Cream. It's easy peasy and oh, so delicious. For the cake, use my original Almond Cake recipe for the...

Lovin’ Pink

Lovin’ Pink

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day...

Hearts of Love

Hearts of Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I thought it would be fun to decorate our Almond Cake. I was inspired by the pastries I saw at Rocket Baby in Wauwatosa last year. We’re going to cut and paste, so gather up a few scraps of colorful papers, toothpicks, and...

Sunshine Cupcakes

Sunshine Cupcakes

I stepped on the scale today and didn’t like what I saw. Williams Sonoma peppermint bark and the yummy home baked holiday cookies were there, on the scale, in bold numbers! It’s time to crumble up those left over cookies and toss them to the birds! Today I’m making...

Memories and Pecan Pie

Memories and Pecan Pie

Years ago, when I was on the teaching circuit, I was invited to teach a seminar in historic Dayton, Tennessee, painting one of my Santa designs in the studio of Esther Kirby. These seminars usually lasted three days and were attended by a dozen or more enthusiastic...

Orange You Glad You Made This Cake?

Orange You Glad You Made This Cake?

Hi ! I just baked an Orange Cake using my Almond Cake Recipe. I know, it sounds confusing, but you know I like to change up the simple, basic Almond Cake Recipe every chance I get. It keeps baking exciting and inspiring. By substituting my Orange Extract, which is...

Time for Autumn and Banana Bread!

Time for Autumn and Banana Bread!

Autumn. The air has a tang to it, the wind howls during the night, waking us up to a lawn of golden leaves. The sun, in Door County, often likes to hide on these cool fall days. Then, suddenly she surprises us, spraying her golden rays on all the red and orange trees,...

Pipka’s Easy Apple Cherry Crisp

Pipka’s Easy Apple Cherry Crisp

I live in Door County where fields are full of cherry orchards. In the summer tourists come to fill buckets with "pick your own" Montmorency cherries -- a tart, bright red cherry that is delicious fresh, dried or frozen. Door County bakers love to use the cherries in...

Short and Sweet!

Short and Sweet!

When I'm in the mood for a sweet snack, which is often, I usually turn to a tidbit with frosting -- vanilla frosting especially. I have a quick recipe for a simple, no-fail buttercream frosting that I know you'll love. Adding a little pink color makes this decadent...

Kids in the Kitchen: Scotcheroos

Kids in the Kitchen: Scotcheroos

My granddaughter, Ava, and I make this easy recipe often. It’s a simple, yummy treat that is a great way to get kids into the kitchen. Scotcheroos (aka Rice Krispies Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate) are great for snacks or a lunchbox surprise! You’ll need a big...

Pipka’s EASY Cherry Upside Down Cake

Pipka’s EASY Cherry Upside Down Cake

My Cherry Upside Down Almond Cake is so easy and delicious you'll be asked to make it again and again. It looks beautiful with the caramelized cherries on top of the golden almond cake. Serve it plain or smother it with Almond Whipped Cream.   You'll need: 2 cups sour...

Let’s Go on a Picnic!

Let’s Go on a Picnic!

I live by a beautiful white sand beach on the shore of Green Bay in my hometown of Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Behind the beach is a grassy park and bandstand, which hosts bands from around the country as well as Friday night outdoor movies. People bring their folding...

A Cool Cake for a Hot Day

A Cool Cake for a Hot Day

I can't help myself. I HAVE to bake, even on a hot July day. So today I made an Almond Apricot Upside Down Cake. Why? 1. Because it's delicious. 2. Because it's EASY. 3. Because I love changing up the original Almond Cake Recipe. Take five minutes to make the batter...

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