dessert

Summer custard

Summer rubies.   I’ve made this custard twice. The first time I made it with peaches, and the second time I made it with strawberries. I’m sure I’ll make it again with another fruit that’s on sale at the grocery.   It’s a dead-easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to throw together, and there’s […]


The hot pink taste of rhubarb cornmeal cake

Sweet, summer cake. Before Paul was born, MVH and I were going out to dinner a lot. We hit many of Milwaukee’s fish fry hot spots during Lent. (In our book, St. Martins Inn in Franklin was the best, but the wait was almost two hours.) We figured that after our little stranger arrived, trips […]

Special request

Nine separated eggs. I think Kitty is giving me the stink eye in this photo. Not that long ago, I was a bit of a joke in the kitchen. My college roommates joked about “Buegefying” food. (Buege is my maiden name.) There was good reason for the joke. I once opened a can of Manwich […]

I put a cupcake in Snuggie

Yup, that’s a cupcake in a Snuggie. Now you’ve seen it all. I did it, guys. I think I may have crafted the most ridiculous item, ever. Well, it’s at least the most ridiculous craft I’ve personally ever concocted. Most ridiculous item ever is a pretty tall order. Have you checked out Regretsy.com? Sheesh. (FYI: […]

Eats of Eden: Out of season

Apple-cranberry pie appears in a back copy of Cook’s Illustrated. The genesis of this entry has roots all the way back to Thanksgiving. It was a small-scale feast for just me and MVH, and it was delicious. MVH grilled a turkey breast (a first for him), and it was smoky and moist. I made mashed […]

Time out, time in

Slabs of delicious quick bread are a pretty good reason to get up in the morning. Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” suite was my baking soundtrack recently. I made quick bread between pirouettes, MVH dropping by from time to time to join the dance. It was relaxing and silly, everything you could want a baking experience to be […]

Eats of Eden: Apples to oranges

Surprise! There’s a cupcake in my orange peel. I relish the contrary. Maybe it’s the Gemini in me. I strive to be unpredictable and to challenge and expand what I know. When the November IronCupcake:Earth Apple Challenge was announced, I put on my thinking helmet to come up with a way to turn baking with […]

Eats of Eden: Smothered and covered

Apples are piled high with butter, brown sugar, and spices. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love food. And, honest to goodness, I am not a food snob. Yes, I appreciate a gourmet meal. My recent anniversary dinner at Restaurant Muramoto was a four-course culinary adventure; I had potatoes I can’t even explain. But I […]

We’re No. 3!

Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars received 76 votes in the IronCupcake:Earth Music Challenge, which was good enough for third place out of 49 entries! Yay! Pretty darn good for my first time, eh? Thank you so much for your votes. I am honored that you took time to support me and my baking […]

Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars

The most glamorous cupcake in the world: Ziggy Cupcake and the Sprinkles from Mars. As I mentioned in a previous post, the theme of this edition of IronCupcake:Earth is music. (IC:E is trying to get attention from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”) My sweet contest cupcake has a smutty side, a glamorous, androgynous, hedonistic streak. Meet […]

Sie macht newsletter subscribers receive exclusive sewing content every month! Woo hoo!