A party without a cake is just a meeting, or so Julia Child once said. However, making one is not always a breeze. So much so that it seems mixing up sugar and salt or catching your food on fire are a part of the recipe.
AAA member Melodie Smith promises new or uneasy bakers can’t go wrong with her grandma’s banana-nut bread recipe. “It’s a flexible recipe—you don’t have to get everything right,” she says. The recipe was her grandma’s signature dish, especially when she needed to be frugal but wanted to treat her family when they came over to visit. Grandma has passed on, but Smith keeps the handwritten recipe close by. When she finds the right frame, she’ll hang it in her kitchen, she says.