How do you celebrate your birthday? For me, it varies from year to year, but there’s never been a year without dessert. I’ve always been a pie over cake kinda’ girl and have often asked for pie for my birthday. But when I was a child, first my grandmother and then my mom would make the most amazing cake I’ve ever had – Poppy Seed Cake.Continue Reading
For her birthday today, my daughter Jessi requested “no cake, just ice cream with topping.” Simple! I toasted some walnuts, and just as they reached the point of starting to brown, I added maple syrup we had just purchased from a local farm. (It’s sugaring time in PA!). Since the cast iron pan which I was using to toast the walnuts was nice and hot, the syrup immediately began to boil. I stirred constantly for a minute or so and the the topping thickened nicely. I served it hot over vanilla ice cream and the birthday girl was happy.