Ginger Cake by Isis Crawford

This last recipe comes from an old friend of mine, Linda Nielson, and is worth repeating. It is extremely versatile. This cake goes well with tea or coffee. You can serve it as a snack, put it in a lunch box, or serve it as a dessert. It is tasty and, as my grandmother used to say, a good keeper. What more do you need? Also, ginger is good if you are having digestive issues.



2/3 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking powder
½ teaspoon of cardamom
½ teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of peeled, grated, fresh ginger
½ cup of brown sugar
½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of applesauce or ½ cup of vegetable oil
4 egg whites, or 4 ounces of egg substitute, or 2 eggs
½ cup of buttermilk or soul milk or fat-free yogurt
6 tablespoons of minced, crystallized ginger


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients, mix the wet ingredients, combine, add the crystallized ginger, and mix. Butter an 8-inch loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes, and let cool in a pan. You can double this recipe and bake in a Bundt pan, if you would like.


About the book:

Quiet Longely, New York, is abuzz with excitement over the opening of a revamped art complex—and catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons are helping put on an elaborate tea party for the opening night gala fundraiser. But when the billionaire behind the project drops dead, the Simmons sisters find themselves steeped in a whistling kettle of murder . . .

Everyone in Longely is talking about Blue House, an art complex that will bring the town a theater, an art gallery, and even a restaurant and coffee bar. But they’re less than enthusiastic about Ludvoc “Zeb” Zalinsky, the self-made billionaire who’s funding the complex—and rubbing everyone the wrong way. Bernie and Libby reluctantly agree to cater the Alice in Wonderland themed tea party he’s planned, but it quickly becomes clear that Zeb is madder than the hatter he’ll be dressed as . . .

The night of the benefit arrives and Westchester’s finest show up in droves, having paid $500 apiece to attend Zeb’s meticulously-orchestrated tea party. But just when it seems the production is going according to plan, Zeb lifts an electric tea kettle, clutches his chest, and falls to the floor in fittingly dramatic fashion. The kettle shorted out and his pacemaker malfunctioned—but it doesn’t take long for police to decide that this seemingly random accident was actually cold-blooded murder . . .

As Bernie and Libby set out to find the culprit, they realize Zeb might have had more enemies than money. With so many possible culprits to sort through, only one thing is clear: Zeb was poured a steaming cup of revenge—and a second serving may be on the menu…

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About the author:

Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.