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…

Scary-Simple Popcorn Mix

Scary-Simple Popcorn Mix

Popcorn balls are fun to eat but can be tricky to shape when working with hot sugar syrup. So keep it simple and make this popcorn snack mix!  Yummy butter, brown sugar and apricot jam masquerade for the typical corn syrup in popcorn balls.  Toasted…

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…

Minty Blackberry Mojito

Minty Blackberry Mojito

The pot of fresh mint nestled in the landscaping by my front door is inspiring recipes as I walk by: mojitos, minty ice tea or lemonade, yogurt tzatziki, salsas, and a few more mojitos!

Red Pepper Walnut Spread with Knäckebröd

Red Pepper Walnut Spread with Knäckebröd

  Whiz up this slightly spicy red bell pepper and walnut spread next time you need a dip. My daughter Ariel introduced it to us as an alternative to hummus to serve with her simple homemade crackers.  (called Knäckebröd). Since she now lives in Ghana…

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…