Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

A celebratory confection for very special occasions Lemon Cake with Mascarpone-Lemon Curd frostingYield: Makes 12-16 servings Lemon curd 3 cups sugar 9 lemons 6 eggs 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) Cake 6 large eggs, separated 14 tablespoons sugar 1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured) 1/4 teaspoon salt   For lemon curd:Grate…

Elanorellë Rolls

Elanorellë Rolls

These rolls are a routinely demanded favorite from Sam & Rosie’s firstborn (Elanorellë was Sam’s pet name for his daughter) Yield: Makes 24 rolls 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup water 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored) 5 cups flour, divided 1/2 cup sugar…

Strider’s Snack

Strider’s Snack

Astrid Tuttle Winegar Author, Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving SoulsAstrid Tuttle Winegar is the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, which was a finalist in the 2018 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards. Astrid has been cooking, baking, and reading fantasy (and plenty of…

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy

I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I ask, “Is there any way to find deeper joy in December’s rush and push?” J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. He was so fond of Yuletide that beginning in 1920, he crafted an annual Father Christmas letter…