Gingery Pumpkin Bread

Gingery Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin is one of the first flavors signaling summer to fall, when it comes to baking.  As soon as pumpkins show up on porches, then pumpkin bread, muffins, and pies are on my baking list. Here’s why THIS is the pumpkin bread recipe to bake…

Cherry Pie & Cherry Ice Cream

Cherry Pie & Cherry Ice Cream

May is peak cherry season and living near a California cherry growing region means it’s time to pick cherries!  I went to G&S Farms in Brentwood on Memorial Day (with a facemask of course) and two of us picked 20 pounds in an hour!  We…

Triple Play No-Stir Granola

Triple Play No-Stir Granola

No-Stir Granola Why triple play granola? Because a lot of us are sadly missing baseball season this year, and this No-Stir Granola has at least three ways to play!  Along with a super simple no-stir method, there are three bases (recipes!) to tag: Grand Slam Berry…

Baked Eggs Florentine

Baked Eggs Florentine

Baked Eggs ‘n Toast If you’re feeling like staying in this weekend (thanks to the current virus concerns) here’s a breakfast or light meal that’s cozy and simple. The basics may be in your pantry – sliced bread, eggs, and fresh spinach or greens.  A…

Raisin-Ginger Soy Sauce Chicken

Raisin-Ginger Soy Sauce Chicken

Soy Sauce Chicken with Raisin-Ginger Sauce Soy sauce chicken is a Cantonese style sweet-sticky glazed chicken. The gingery-soy glaze is traditionally sweetened with Chinese rock sugar, plus plenty of soy sauce, ginger and garlic.  Instead of added sugar,  I thought I’d give naturally sweet raisins…

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…