Not a Funny-Fruit Cake

Not a Funny-Fruit Cake

Fruitcake. Dark, moist, dense, boozy, studded with colorful ‘funny fruit’. Inevitably fruitcakes are the brunt of re-gifting jokes.  Not this fruitcake! It’s chock full of sunshine raisins, bright maraschino cherries, and crunchy walnuts. Nothing funny! This is the fruitcake I grew up knowing, and never…

Strawberry Balsamic Sauce – Three ways!

Strawberry Balsamic Sauce – Three ways!

Two ingredients, three recipes! Strawberries plus balsamic vinegar makes a chameleon sweet-tart sauce for: 1)Refreshing no-added-sugar ‘shrub’ mocktail 2)Accompaniment for grilled chicken 3)Ice cream sundae topping. A shrub is a beverage made with a syrup of fruit, vinegar and sugar, and takes a couple days…

Berry Good Breakfast Bars

Berry Good Breakfast Bars

I’ve been on a berry kick! I just came back from Oregon where I reveled in the intoxicating abundance of berries and local produce at the renowned PSU Farmers Market, held every Saturday at Portland State University campus, downtown Portland. The berries reminded me of…

Lemon Zesty Berry Shortcakes

Lemon Zesty Berry Shortcakes

Homemade shortcakes are the icing-on-the-cake for fresh berries. Making shortcakes is similar to biscuits or scones. It’s a quick-stirred dough that’s scooped or patted into a round and cut into wedges, or cut with cookie cutters of your choice like these star shapes.  This shortcake is…

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…

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…

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…

Cranberry Sauce Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Sauce Upside-Down Cake

What do you do with leftover cranberry sauce after the turkey is gone? Cranberry sauce keeps for months, probably longer, but why not use it for a holiday-ish cake topping. I was chatting with blogger Amy Sherman who mentioned baking a cranberry upside-down cake for Thanksgiving.…

Really Good Low-fat Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Really Good Low-fat Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Life is good with a raisin oatmeal cookie! These are wonderful after-school snack or take-along cookies made even better because they are very low in fat and sugar. A little yogurt and oil substitute for butter, and there’s not too much brown sugar. Nutritionals clock…