Ellen

We met while working for the State of California and both enjoy baking and researching new recipes. Ellen is the "exact cook" while Jacqueline is the "wing-it cook," a great compliment. We enjoy baking as a stress-releiver as well as a great way to balance our creative sides with our technical working lives.

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Recipe: Red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint mocha Kahlua

Dec 25, 2011
Recipe: Red velvet whoopie pies with peppermint mocha Kahlua

 An Extra Special Treat for Santa!! Merry Christmas!!!  Yes, I baked today and I've had my eyes on this creation for some time.  I love whoopie pies and I've made them with some success.  I love red velvet cake and I've made i...

Recipe: Red Hot holiday cupcakes

Dec 19, 2011
Recipe: Red Hot holiday cupcakes

Red-Hot-Polka-Dots and Full of Holiday Cheer!!!  I fell in love this year...with a cupcake.  It was the Red Hot Cinnamon cupcake for February at Icing on the Cupcake.  I'm a huge fan of Hot Tamales, too.  HUGE fan.  A...

Recipe: Pomegranate cosmo cupcakes

Dec 11, 2011
Recipe: Pomegranate cosmo cupcakes

 Little pomegranate-bejeweled, tangy and sweet treats...Smooth.  If the truth be known, this is my signature cocktail.  No joke, I've made over a hundred of these for friends at Casa de Haertle.  I seriously honed my cock...

Recipe: Raspberry amaretto mini cheesecakes

Dec 6, 2011
Recipe: Raspberry amaretto mini cheesecakes

 Luscious, gorgeous and oh, so good!These were so fun to make and so easy, really.  Trust me, I don't do complicated on a whim.  I made these, literally, on a whim one Sunday afternoon.  I had all the ingredients, some time on my hand...

Recipe: Banana rum upside down cake

Nov 24, 2011
Recipe: Banana rum upside down cake

Gobble GobbleHappy Thanksgiving!  Hope you are all enjoying your day with good food, great company and much love.  How many of you started cooking yesterday?  The day before?  This past weekend?  Over achievers, huh?  Well...

Frosting for the Cause

Nov 11, 2011
Frosting for the Cause

FROSTING FOR THE CAUSEToday, I'm posting at Frosting for the Cause, an amazing year-long collaboration of bakers who share their baked goods and stories of those touched by breast cancer.  As today's guest baker, I made Pink Champagne Cupcak...

Un Amore Custom Designs!

Nov 10, 2011
Un Amore Custom Designs!

I just HAVE to share my excitement about what's happening at this very moment!!   I have sent my blue 5 quart Kitchenaid mixer up to Washington for Nicole Dinardo to custom paint.  This isn't just any ol' paint job, this is AMAZING artwo...

Recipe: Lemon thumbprint cookies with cassis-laced raspberry jam

Nov 2, 2011
Recipe: Lemon thumbprint cookies with cassis-laced raspberry jam

What is Cassis, or creme de cassis, anyway?  There was no ingredient list on the bottle.  I found this explanation via the web, my new source for all things baking related.  It's made of the juice of blackcurrants*, or in Latin: Ribes ni...

Recipe: Spiced fig and Honey Moon Ale cupcakes with honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean buttercream

Oct 22, 2011
Recipe: Spiced fig and Honey Moon Ale cupcakes with honey, cinnamon and vanilla bean buttercream

This moist and delicious cupcake recipe comes from Kathy Partak who won the Gold Country Fair Crazy for Cupcakes competition last month.  As you recall, Jacqueline and I entered this contest...We didn't place, but we're already planning to bl...

Recipe: Bananas foster cupcakes with rum

Oct 13, 2011
Recipe: Bananas foster cupcakes with rum

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic these days: my 30th high school reunion in July, a 25 year Unitrans reunion of bus drivers last weekend, and a trip to Ohio to see people who loved me even when they didn't have to love me.  I was feeling...



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