Still More Snow—Update on Cupcake Recipe

December 22, 2008

I’m beginning to feel like a broken record as I tell my friends and family around the country that it’s still snowing in Portland. I’ve been saying it for the past nine days. While that may sound like nothing to people in many places, for us it’s a big deal. We can’t even leave our neighborhood, because there’s more than a foot of snow on the road. It’s a good thing we stocked up on food when we got out a few days ago. The newest weather report has the streets clearing up here after Christmas. I’m glad I got most of my shopping done before this all started.

The gingerbread cream cheese muffins I wrote about last time turned out great! My daughter Madeleine and I walked through the snow more than a mile to get the few ingredients we needed but didn’t have, and it was worth it. We’re still enjoying the muffins, even more so because there’s a chocolate ganache icing on top. We decided right away that we want to bake these again for the mother-daughter book club meeting we’re hosting at our house in January.

The recipe comes from The Mother Daughter Cookbook by Lynette Rohrer Shirk. It took a little getting used to working the recipe, because it’s not set up the way you would find it in most cookbooks. It’s divided into tasks for the mother and tasks for the daughter. For me, it was a little difficult to get a good feel for the whole process, but once I got used to the format change it was easier.

One thing to note if you have the cookbook and try this recipe: It says it makes 12 cupcakes. We don’t have cupcake tins, only muffin tins, and I believe those are smaller. We knew we wanted more than 12 cupcakes, so we decided to make 1-1/2 times the recipe. We ended up with 24 muffin-sized cupcakes on our hands, plus more to bake in a square glass pan. Not that I’m complaining. We’re still enjoying the cupcakes, and we even shared a couple with the people at the camera store when we went to pick up photos for Christmas cards. Next time we’ll be prepared.

Another Snow Day—Time to Cook with The Mother Daughter Cookbook

December 19, 2008


My daughters are ecstatic because school got called for another snow day here in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. They’ve been off all week, and now they have two more weeks off to look forward to. I, on the other hand, am going a little stir crazy. I haven’t been out of my neighborhood since Sunday, since we have one four-wheel drive car that will take us around and my husband is using it to go to work.

Today I think I’ll have to get out and walk. There’s a Starbucks Coffee about a 1/2 hour walk away, and a nice hot cocoa sounds like a good reward at the end of it. Maybe all three of us can venture out together.

Then I’d like to come back home and bake something from The Mother Daughter Cookbook. I recently got this book to review, and this will be the first recipe I try from it. I’ve got my mind set on making Gingerbread Cream Cheese Cupcakes. There’s a substitution for chocolate frosting listed with the recipe, and I may just have to frost half the cupcakes with that. Yum!

The Mother Daughter Cookbook looks like a great addition to any mom’s cookbook shelf. The author, Lynette Rohrer Shirk, has put together an interesting collection of recipes and broken them down into tasks for the mom and tasks for the daughter. In my case, my daughters are older and they can do any of the tasks, but I think they’ll like taking on the daughter’s side of the recipe anyway.

The recipes are also punctuated with quotes and cooking tidbits that make for interesting reading as well. There are a lot of recipes I’m looking forward to trying in this cookbook. And I think it would make a good gift for any mother and daughter team. You could also use this at a mother-daughter book club meeting, and have the girls work their part of the recipe while the moms collaborate with theirs. What fun!

I’ll keep you posted when we get to taste the cupcakes.