Category Archives: In the Kitchen

Baking Therapy

I love to bake.  The process of baking is very therapeutic for me.    Always has been.  It is truly enjoyable for me to follow a recipe that culminates in a delicious treat to share with family and friends.

I haven’t baked in 8 ½ months. Unless you count the Nestle tollhouse cookie dough from the refrigerator section of Walmart, half of which never made it in the oven.  And I may have baked a Texas sheet cake for July 4th, but, truth be told, I can’t remember for sure.

Well, last night I saved three black bananas from the garbage can and made some banana bread. It wasn’t my best, but it wasn’t bad.  I think I’m just out of practice.

So, in keeping with the season and because I SERIOUSLY need some therapy (and some practice), I’m going to try to bake one pumpkin recipe each weekend between now and Thanksgiving. I’ve seen hundreds of pumpkin recipes lately — lots of new-fangled pumpkiny things.  But I’m going to go retro and bake some pumpkin classics that my mom and grandmother used to bake when I was a girl.  My favorites, in no particular order, are:

  • Pumpkin Cookies w/orange glaze
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Pumpkin Bars
  • Pumpkin Pie

I’m pretty sure that my family won’t be especially thrilled because they don’t like pumpkin. Except for the cake that calls for just a cake mix and a can of pumpkin – Brian likes that.  Maybe I should throw that in the line-up.  We’ll see.

Happy Baking!