Cookie baking eludes me - too much precision involved. But I've discovered a love of cake baking this Advent season, thanks to a couple of websites, including Deb Perelman's Smitten Kitchen and Jennifer Gregory Miller's Catholic Cuisine. I've baked a cake every Sunday since Thanksgiving, and my foodie sons and husband have weighed in on which ones they liked and which they didn't. Friends are visiting in the coming days and I have lots of cakes to bake. But I need music to bake by.
This afternoon, I discovered a neat free streaming station out of Fort Worth, Texas called Radio Dismuke. (Free is my favorite price). It is a 24-hour online station of big band music from the 1920s and 1930s.
Its website says it wants to "help further the creation of a new generation of enthusiasts for an exciting, vibrant and, sadly, all but forgotten era of American popular culture." The music is so upbeat and I can tap my feet while I bake!
Do you have favorite cooking or baking music? Do share. For the record, my "boys'" favorite cake by far was this Moist and Majestic Honey Cake. I baked it for the Second Sunday of Advent in honor of St. John the Baptist (you know, the locusts and wild honey guy) and then again for a gathering of friends in our home the day before Christmas Eve. Yum yum yum.
photo from Vivian Henoch