Lemon Cornmeal Cakes


Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

We prefer desserts that serve two, so we don’t have leftovers. These cakes were inspired by this Bon Appetit recipe. We went heavier on the cornmeal and lemon and skipped the berry topping they suggested among other changes.

Lemon Cornmeal Cake

For Glaze

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp limoncello

Combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and limoncello in a small bowl. Stir with a fork to get out any lumps until smooth and paste-like. Set aside.

For Cake

  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted, cooled

Preheat to 350. Butter two 12 -ounce dishes. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt, stir to blend. Whisk milk, eggs, lemon…

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Seared cauliflower, broccoli and burrata pasta


Two Spoons

There is something gloriously comforting about the triad of broccoli, cauliflower, and some sort of cheese. Originally I wasn’t going to bother posting this because I feel like any pasta dish with vegetables and cheese is almost too obvious, simple, and easy but hey – this is the sort of thing that you generally yearn for at the end of a long day. Something you can throw together in twenty minutes, that is utterly wonderful. Anyway, this was still pretty exciting for me because I had never tried burrata before, but after seeing this pasta with burrata and kale roasted garlic sauce from Five and Spice, I was intrigued.

Burrata is like a big knotted ball of fresh white mozzarella, with a super creamy centre. I used Paesanella cheese – the cows eat grass and hay 95% of the time in Western Australia, and the flavour definitely reflects that.*…

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New Page: My Favorite Blogs


Saved for my reference to go back and check out!

Just Makin' Do

Kind of as celebration, also as a thank you and foremost, so I can find all these great places more easily, I’ve created a new page with my favorite online places.  Today I added my favorite blogs.  Since I didn’t have any favorite blogs before I started writing my own, I created this list from visitors (liking or commenting) on my blog.  I love this new community and I’ve gotten to know some of you pretty well too!  Thank you for the inspiration and support.  I look forward to featuring more of your posts soon!

My Favorite Blogs

The Naturally Frugal Homemaker

Budgeting, healthy meal ideas, homemade cleaning products, she’s got it all!

Chocolate Covered Katie

A fantastic resource for healthy (yet so decadent) dessert recipes.

Maggie’s One Butt Kitchen

The most fantastic, mouth-watering blog.  There are some simple (for us non-pastry chef types) recipes too that turn out wonderfully!

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