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Monday, August 1, 2011

Country Kitchen Lemon Cake

I proudly own all but the most recent edition in Ina's cookbook line.

I have Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake cooling, and a tray of sliced strawberries and Jersey blueberries in the freezer. The cake is from the master's Barefoot Contessa at Home. I love the book. So awesome.

Fig's slightly older teen cousin and friend are visiting from Florida. So Fig flipped through this book today and planned a menu to make: salmon, French bread, and Ina's Tomato Feta Salad and Frozen Berries with Hot White Chocolate. I noticed the yellow flag on a page that Figgy and her friend Emmy marked when I first got the book--the Lemon Yogurt Cake. They made a whole meal from the book that day, including the simple and exceptionally moist glazed citrus loaf, and it was all delicious.

The loaf recipe is kind of cool--no butter, but a cup of plain whole-milk Dannon yogurt and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. And lots of grated lemon zest. Its perfume perked me up tonight as I grated two fresh yellow globes.

Good night, sweet dreams.

  1. Boot camp in the park! I missed my friends and my workout for a whole week.
  2. Walked Sug around block once.
  3. Tall iced mocha, no whip.
  4. Nap.
  5. Bought lots of fresh groceries at ShopRite tonight--grape tomatoes, feta, basil, blueberries, strawberries, yogurt, crunchy French bread, salmon--felt good. So did making the Lemon Yogurt Cake and having a bowl of yogurt with Jersey blueberries--and staring down the barbecue potato chips, with the very alluring close-up photo on the big bag. It does seem true what my niece Leah and neighbor/nutritionist Caryn say: You can crowd out unhealthy foods when you focus on more wholesome ones.


  1. Yum! I really like the idea of "crowding out". Especially during fresh fruits and vegetable season.

  2. Yes, that cake is awesome. And I've made it with very good results with low-fat yogurt!