Clif Cereal

Perhaps its the nostalgia for the comforting crunch of childhood, or perhaps it’s just because it’s an easy snack food that carries the illusion of being healthful, but there’s something about breakfast cereal that is a perennial draw. As an adult, it’s rare I actually eat cereal for breakfast, but it’s a snack food that may act as a dessert or a snack. My latest addition is Clif Cereal. Yes, that Clif, of the bar fame. After reading this largely positive review, I was intrigued, but gave up after many months of fruitlessly searching store shelves and online listings. Eventually … Continue reading Clif Cereal

Gingerbread Layer Cake

I bake the cakes for everyone’s birthday in my home, including my own. For my birthday this year, I chose to deviate from the standard panel of cakes and made Cook’s Illustrated Gingerbread Layer Cake (subscription required). It has a strong spice flavor that’s well balanced. The recipe augments the usual ginger and cinnamon with white and cayenne peppers, and both fresh and powdered ginger contribute to the flavor profile. Cocoa powder and coffee and a hint of chocolate, which pairs well with the warm spices. One of the most unusual aspects is the use of a cooked flour (or … Continue reading Gingerbread Layer Cake