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 →

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 →

Pineapple Salsa

      Tip: This recipe uses 3/4 of a whole fresh pineapple, possibly less if it's particularly large. Of course, the remaining fruit can be enjoyed on it's own, but if you haven't tried grilling pineapple, please do! It's delicious grilled (or roasted in a hot oven) with chunks of bell pepper, red onion,... Continue Reading →

Quick and Quicker Pickles

Tip: I'll admit I've not canned or preserved food, other than freezing. I don't take a lot of big risks. Pressure cookers scare me. Botulism scares me! 😀  Quick pickling doesn't scare me; in fact, it's a fun and simple way to use ingredients you may already have and the zesty results are scrumptious. Look... Continue Reading →

Luxardo Cherry Bars w/Chocolate Drizzle

24 servings Tip: Use your curiosity in the kitchen. This excessive and decadent dessert bar came from curiosity. I had never tried or even known about a maraschino cherry that wasn't artificially bright red, waxy, sugary, somewhat medicinal in flavor. And then I had a Manhattan cocktail, accompanied by a single speared cherry...and I needed... Continue Reading →

Gooseberry Lemonade Syrup

                  Makes 2-3 cups syrup Tip: I find that gooseberries and rhubarb can be used interchangably in recipes. I've had great success subbing in baked goods, so I decided to experiment with a rhubarb syrup recipe discovered several years ago. After a couple of tries and a little tweaking,... Continue Reading →

Sesame Sandwich Buns

        Makes 6 large sandwich buns (can divide dough into smaller pieces for 12 slider buns). Tip: If you have a local bakery that can make delicious buns for your summer grilling needs, by all means, support that bakery! If grocery store buns are your only alternative, consider giving this recipe a... Continue Reading →

RECIPE LOG by category (click on link to go directly to that recipe)

Appetizers Italian Stuffed Zucchini Cups 27-Nov-2018 Smooth & Creamy Garlic Hummus with S&P Pita Chips 17-Oct-2018 Frico Crisps 15-Sep-2018 Soups/Salads Panzanella for Two (non-traditional) 22-May-2020 Brussels Sprouts Salad w/Caesar Dressing 1-May-2020 French Green Bean & Fennel Salad w Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette 22-Jan-2019 Citrus Salad with Pomegranate & Pistachios 11-Jan-2019 Winter Slaw with Cilantro-Lime Dressing 28-Oct-2018... Continue Reading →

Pear Tarte Tatin with Anise Seed Caramel

      6 servings. Recipe credit to Food52. Tip:  It's adventurous to try new foods and flavor combinations. Our taste buds and taste sensations can change regularly, so something you previously disliked may become a future favorite...keep checking! Who among us hasn't tasted something for the first time, then wondered why we didn't try... Continue Reading →

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