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Oat Aggregate Cookies

Oat Aggregate Cookies

A story goes with these cookies… In February 1979 the Cal Poly Construction Engineering students (known as ConE’s) held their 2nd Annual Bake-Off competition. Rosie (a Home Ec student at the time) thought it was a scam — free cookies and a date with the […]

Stir-N-Roll Pie Crust

Stir-N-Roll Pie Crust

If making pie crust makes you crumble, try this one!  It’s perfect for sweet or savory pies and is my favorite for apple pie. I use it for Rita’s Pumpkin Pie too, which is the only way I make my Thanksgiving  pumpkin pies. Now to the […]

Edamame Green Monster Dip

Edamame Green Monster Dip

  Scare up this hummus with edamame and walnuts for your munchkins to dig into before their Halloween treats. A healthy bunch of parsley makes the scary-good green color, boosts Vitamins K and C, adds flavinoids too, which function as antioxidants. And of course loads […]

Crème Caramel – Always Classy, Always Easy

Crème Caramel – Always Classy, Always Easy

Creme caramel belongs on the short list for World’s Greatest Dessert.* This time-honored custard is well known in France, Italy, and of course Spain where it’s called flan, as it’s referred to in Mexico as well. How is my creme caramel different than others? The custard (creme) is […]

Salmon with Ginger Corn Salsa

Salmon with Ginger Corn Salsa

What inspires you to try a recipe or choose a dish at a restaurant? Sometimes familiar flavors hit the spot, or ‘what would that taste like?’ makes the choice. I often go with the unfamiliar which is why I tried this recipe from Cooking Light […]

Asian Persuasion Summer Salads

Asian Persuasion Summer Salads

 These are two of our favorite salads that we make year-round. Both recipes have an Asian flair, with rice vinegar, soy sauce, chiles and green onions . Raisins are the ringer ingredient in Rosie’s slaw, adding a sweet balance to the red pepper flakes and vinegar. Rita’s […]

Fresh corn off the cob – yumm

Fresh corn off the cob – yumm

Summer isn’t quite summer unless there’s fresh sweet corn. Corn on the cob from the farmers market — yellow, white or bi-color — is so tasty. Yet sometimes that buttered cob can be a bit too routine, too predictable. So here are two delicious ways […]

Apple-Rhubarb-Ginger Galette

Apple-Rhubarb-Ginger Galette

A galette is my cheater version of pie. Just one crust to roll and no pie pan fussing! Perfect for stone fruits, apples, berries, rhubarb, and oven ready in about 30 minutes. Or maybe a few minutes more if it’s your first time. This is […]

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

Quinoa Arugula Summer Salad

Move over potato and mac salads. Quinoa is stepping in. I shared this salad with my neighbors, and soon thereafter a call came in: “We want the recipe!” My orange bitters-laced dressing gives an appealing flavor twist to this refreshing and healthy salad. Cook the quinoa a day […]

Asparagus Risotto – An Easier Way

Asparagus Risotto – An Easier Way

Its springtime and asparagus is in full bloom. Risotto is one of my favorite ways to use asparagus, especially when combined with a bit of fresh lemon peel, a dusting of sage or marjoram, and a swirl of zesty grated cheese. Risotto does not require that you […]