Oatmeal Cookies

by Heather Harris Brady This cookie is not a cookie that has oatmeal, it is an oatmeal cookie where the oatmeal is primary, thick and chewy. It’s based on a recipe given by America’s Test Kitchen. Mine do not have raisins, because getting a raisin when you are expecting a chocolate chip is one of…

Cinnamon Danish

by Heather Harris Brady At this point we know there’s no escape. This next week is going to be miles of rough road, it’s going to call for coddling and coddling by definition calls for butter and cinnamon. Buckets of butter and cinnamon. These cinnamon danish are based on one of my old guilty pleasures,…

Pumpkin Cake – Stir and bake!

by Heather Harris Brady Now I like a good four-page recipe probably more than the next girl, but there are times when you have to come up with something FAST. You found a slip at the bottom of the school backpack asking you to bring in something for the bake sale/party, you’ve been invited to…

Coney Sauce, Michigan Style

by Heather Harris Brady I was downstate last week for my son’s college orientation and it reminded me how much I miss the coney islands that are on nearly every corner around the Detroit metro area. When we lived there the coneys were our go-to, the best ones serve breakfast all day every day, so…

Mexican Sweet Bread (Conchas)

by Heather Harris-Brady Last weekend was graduation party #1 – a group of close friends for dinner and a board game tournament night. It was a big success, but with a dozen teenagers I was worried about having enough food. As I told my son, it’s the way of my people to worry about having…

Brownie Cookies

by Heather Harris Brady Good news! The days of agonizing over whether to make brownies or cookies are over. Sometimes you CAN have the best of both worlds. These cookies bake up thick and chocolately. If you like them fudgy, take them out when the center is still a little bit glossy. If you like…

Maple Oven Pancake with Bacon & Cheddar

by Heather Harris Brady It is one of the great joys in life to come across people with whom you are immediately simpatico – as if you’d known each other your whole lives. That has been our good luck these past two weeks and even better, this new young friend of ours is someone who…

Cheesecake with Caramelized Pineapple & Fresh Blueberries

by Heather Harris Brady Since it’s been absolutely sweltering for the past week, my oven’s been getting a rest, but I made an exception for this cheesecake because the kids picked blueberries with grandpa and the berries are gorgeous. So think of this as a summer cheesecake. It’s much lighter than most, bright with lemon…

Quick Fudge Cake

by Heather Harris Brady I thought I’d share this recipe now, because it’s a lovely way to showcase fresh summer fruit. You can have this in the oven in under 10 minutes too, leaving you more time for summer fun. I’ve shown a thick layer there but you could also do two thin layers, to…

Butter Muffins

by Heather Harris Brady The other morning I felt like having tea and jam for breakfast, but of course I couldn’t have just that because I am an Adult and I have to set an Example. So I made muffins to give me something to put the jam on. These are good, basic muffins with…

Mixed Berry Pie (with Frozen Berries)

by Heather Harris Brady Since Saturday was PI day (3.14.15) and I live in a house with a bunch of math geeks/pie lovers pie there was no choice, pie had to manifest. The fresh fruit this time of year is somewhat expensive and questionable, so I thought it would be a good time to talk…

Poached Pears

by Heather Harris Brady I think of poached pears as the little black dress of desserts, appropriate at the end of nearly every meal. If you want to be healthy, virtuous and all you can top them with fresh berries or you can be me – with ice cream and chocolate sauce. (Use my raspberry…