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Lady Baltimore Cake

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Here’s where my trouble begins:


Of course when you have this adorable Christmas cake stand then you want to make a cake.  Then when you have Clementine Paddleford’s The Great American Cookbook you want to make a layer cake from the Carolinas.  Seems easy enough.

You know your cake’s going to be great when there’s three cups of sugar in the recipe.  It all went downhill pretty fast, so I only have the before picture on the batter.


Two 9-inch cakes?  Check.

Time to make the filling/frosting.  Pecans, raisins, and figs.  This is the closest I am getting to figgy pudding.  Soak them in a little brandy.  How bad could that be?


Well, I think this is where things started to go awry.  Next time a recipe says finely chopped I am dragging out the food processor.  I neglected to mention that it’s two cups each on the raisins and pecans.  Translation:  that’s a lot of filling.

Next problem:  I have an innate need to follow recipes.  CP did not say that you need to make your two layers into four.  Even though I suspected all that filling just wasn’t going to work crammed into the middle I just had to try.  Needless to say, the whole thing pretty much oozed off the cake stand before I could take any pictures.


I know.  It looks pretty gross in person too.  Fortunately I was not expecting company.  The frosting is the kind made with boiled sugar-water and egg whites.  That’s just not my favorite, so that didn’t help matters.  The cake itself was fab, though.

Eat Well and Savor.





Graham Nut Clusters

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Otherwise known as Chex mix with Golden Grahams, but more about that later.

Don’t call out the National Guard.  I am back.  I had every intention of posting throughout my vacation, but I guess lounging around takes more out of me than I thought.

Last Saturday we drove the four-hour trek to Savannah.  And when I say we drove that means Jake.  I originally intended to split the drive-time with him, but after I spent all day Friday making snacks for the road that went out the window.

To me it’s just not a road trip without Chex mix.  Usually I will try to incorporate a theme.  For example, when we drove from PA to MA for Thanksgiving a few years ago I made pumpkin spice flavored.  I kind of forgot about a theme this time, but since this recipe is from Southern Living and it has pecans I like to think that it’s a southern theme for our vacation in the south.

We spent the weekend in Savannah.  If you haven’t been to the Historic District you should go.  I have been a few times, but this was a first for my husband, so we did a little less shopping and a little more historical sightseeing.  We also went to Paula Deen’s restaurant.  Frankly, I wish we hadn’t.  Sunday we went to Vic’s on the River, which I would do again, even though they neglected to mention that the shrimp and grits were spicy.

After a quick stop at Fort Pulaski — I stayed in the car — we headed off to Hilton Head.  I am a Disney Vacation Club member and proud of it, so we stayed there until Friday.   It was our first time in Hilton Head.  There’s not a lot to do there, which is a perfect excuse to go to the Heavenly Spa at the Westin.  I was there from 12 to 6 so they offered me a lunch menu.  I ordered a grilled salmon salad which consisted of tangled greens, red onion, walnuts, dry cranberries, and raspberry-walnut vinaigrette.  What I got was grilled salmon on spinach with tomatoes and edamame.  It’s okay.  The edamamae was a nice surprise.  I assume the dressing was raspberry-walnut.  Whatever it was made me want to lick the plate.  Don’t panic.   I managed to restrain.  Certainly we hit a few other great restaurants and went to a Lowcountry boil at the Disney Beach House that was all-you-can-eat — enuf said.  Anyway, I mention the spa meal because the menu was entitled Eat Well.

I didn’t really take the camera out in Savannah, but we will go back again some day and remedy that.  I’m turning into a really bad tourist.  I either take a ton of pictures but never do anything with them or I only take a handful.  This trip was the latter.

These were pretty much outside our front door but unfortunately we didn’t notice them until the last day.  Great place for reading and drinking wine at sunset.

The view from the backyard.

The view from the beach house.

Eat Well and Savor.