Recipe Challenge

Aileen learns to make a new recipe every week. Most recipes are ones she’s been meaning to make for years, but never got around to. Join in by making the one Aileen makes, or dig in to your own personal catalog of aspirational recipes.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Recipe Challenge

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

My dad passed away last Thursday so this is as far as I got in making this week’s recipe. Pineapple upside down cake.

boxed brownie mix

Boxed Brownie Mix

I am not dodging the recipe challenge so much as cleaning out my cabinets. I have two boxed brownie mix and I don’t want to have to throw them out because I am making only cake.

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Almond Cake Recipe Challenge

Almond Cake

This week’s recipe challenge is brought to you by friend of the blog and, come to think of it, friend to pretty much the entire world, Mollie! I was dragging my feet on making the cake and Mollie came over with our friend Audrey to eat soup and spend time together and seemed very interested in making the cake. I, being a good and generous and lazy friend, stepped aside to allow Mollie the joy of making the almond cake all on her own. Read more

Coffee Cake

Last night as I was making coffee cake, I was congratulating myself on finally keeping up with the recipe challenge. And then I realized that the recipe challenge has devolved into cakes and cocktails. And then I was fine with it. As business books and sportball coaches say, “Play to your strengths,” so cake and booze it is. Read more

Sticky Gingerbread

This week I boiled beer. It must be time for gingerbread! It just occurred to me to wonder if I am I tired of making cake. Let me think about that for a…Nope.

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Easy mostly Dairy Free Chocolate Cake

We all know that the easiest chocolate cake is one someone else makes. That being said, this one is pretty easy to make, if a bit unexpected. It’s been awhile since I baked and all sorts of weird things are happening. I’m not complaining, it makes things much more interesting in the kitchen. There is mayonnaise in this cake and hot coffee and you need to use every mixing bowl in your kitchen. Uh..well, if you say so. And the good people at America’s Test Kitchen do say so.

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Applesauce Cake

I ate this entire cake in three days. Six was home but he didn’t want any of it. He was wrong. It is delicious. Applesauce cake sounds weird and you have to break out the food processor (or blender, I don’t have a food processor) to make it but man oh man is it goooooooooood.

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Chocolate Chip Cake

We are taking a detour from making actual food and for the next few weeks we will be baking cakes! Our first cake is a chocolate chip cake based on a recipe Six found in an old Cook’s Country cookbook. Read more

Long Island Iced Tea

Is there anything Contessa Garten can’t do? This Long Island Iced Tea recipe creates a delightful alcohol bomb that is easy to make. We left out the gin because gin makes me crazier than usual.

Felicia also doesn’t drink gin because she says it makes her feel weird but when we did some quick (and sober) research all we found was that gin is flavored vodka and there is no reason for it to make us any weirder. We decided the internet was a disaster of lies and left the gin out, just to be safe. Read more

GOTV Recipe Challenge


It’s a week late, but the food we ate while getting out the vote is still worth sharing. Enjoy!

Burritos! Donuts! Ice Cream! Asian Fusion! And that was just Saturday.

We had some very good food while in the Fresno area and we would like to share some of it with you. Read more