Peanut Butter Cup Bars

Makes 48 2-bite pieces Tip: If you like a clean edge when cutting these bars or any cake or dessert, run your knife blade under warm water after each cut and wipe it with a paper towel to remove any water droplets. Ingredients 1-2 tsp butter for pan preparation 6 oz (3/4 cup) unsalted butter,... Continue Reading →

Fresh Basil Pesto

  Makes about 1 cup Tip: Your food processor will make quick work of this classic sauce. Some recipes direct you to put all ingredients in the bowl together and blend. In my experience, you will get a better result if you drizzle the olive oil in as directed below. Try either method you prefer,... Continue Reading →

Panzanella for Two (non-traditional)

Serves 2 Tip: I almost always have homemade basic vinaigrette on hand in the refrigerator. I did when I made this hearty salad, but wanted the red wine vinegar kicked up just a little. I simply added that ingredient to my prepared vinaigrette making this recipe come together even more quickly. Simplify, simplify, simplify. :)... Continue Reading →

Coconut Cashew Banana Cake

   1 bundt cake plus extra batter for muffins, loaf or smaller cake pan Tip: Fruit, or sometimes vegetables, can be interchanged in cake or quick bread recipes. What you're looking for is moisture. If you don't like bananas, use more pears. Other alternatives: shred or finely dice apples, zucchini or carrots. Use canned or... Continue Reading →

Spinach-Asparagus Quiche

6-8 servings Tip: If you're not into making pie crust, keep things simple and purchase one. Another option is to make the quiche without crust. It would be equally delicious. I had 2 small bundles of dough scraps in the freezer from a previous pie bake, so decided to patch them together for this quiche.... Continue Reading →

Sweet Potato Hash

Serves 2 Adapted from butcherbox.com Tip: We eat very little beef, but happened to have a couple of steaks in the freezer. It was a little cool to fire up the charcoal grill, so I searched for an indoor preparation. Pan-seared it was...with sweet potato hash. Whether you cook steaks, another meat option or choose... Continue Reading →

Zesty Blueberry Bread

  12-16 slices per loaf Tip: Whether using fresh or frozen berries in this quick bread, toss them in some of the flour mixture from the recipe before gently folding them in at the end. This will help to keep them distributed in the bread and not sink to the bottom. Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose... Continue Reading →

Crisp Pistachio Crackers

  Makes 24-28 crackers per loaf Note: I tip my hat to marthastewart.com for the inspiration for these crackers. Tip: Make lots of these crackers and eat them with St. Agur blue cheese. The end. 😋 Ingredients Soft, unsalted butter (for buttering the pans) 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1 tsp... Continue Reading →

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