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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Candy Cane Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

This month's #BundtBakers theme: Naughty or Nice. Because perception is reality, I chose to be Nice...

Monday, December 7, 2015

Bran Muffins #BreadBakers

Make-ahead food items have always appealed to me because they make me feel organized. With as much craziness that has been going on in my life recently, I need all the help I can get! (My latest drama involves a malfunctioning washing machine and a homeowners insurance claim.)

The batter for these bran muffins can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 3 weeks for fresh from the oven deliciousness readily available whenever the mood strikes. 

This recipe is an old family favorite. I remember being intrigued as a girl when my mother would prepare the batter and hold the refrigerator until baking. It doesn't get better than having muffin batter in the fridge ready to bake on a whim!  

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cranberry Apple Salad

It's time to start planning your Thanksgiving Feast! 

This Cranberry Apple Salad is a departure from the traditional cranberry sauce (either prepared at home or - heaven forbid - from the can) typically served at Thanksgiving.  It can be prepared a couple of days in advance to help with planning your meal.  

This recipe was prepared by my mother at Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. Over the years I have been gradually reducing the amount of sugar that was added to the gelatin portion.  Last year sugar was omitted altogether (admittedly an oversight due to too many distractions). The result: perfection! The salad was much more tart and delicious than the previous overly sweet version.  

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fettuccine Rigate Alla Norma

Every family has their 'go to' pasta dish that they make when they don't know what else to have for dinner. I will go out on a limb and guess that the pasta dish that 90% of American families 'go to' is either spaghetti with meat sauce or macaroni and cheese (probably from a blue box). We enjoy these dishes on occasion (definitely not blue box, but home made Mom's Macaroni and Cheese), but our family favorite is Fettuccine Rigate Alla Norma. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

The theme of this month's #BundtBakers: Creative S'mores! The challenge: Play with the traditional marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, but participants are not limited to those components! Cookies, waffles, bacon, berries, homemade marshmallow creme, peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread may also be utilized. The options are unlimited.


S'mores are synonymous with Girl Scouts. I lead a group of Girl Scout Cadettes (for those of you not fluent in Girl Scout Speak, they are middle school aged). The troop recently met after taking a summer hiatus. Deconstructed S'more Bundt Cake was the perfect way to celebrate the kick-off of a new Girl Scout year!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Ginger-Garlic-Sesame-Soy Winged Beans

As mentioned last week, Winged Beans were my new discovery at the Farmer's Market. Bought them, tried them, loved them!

This week I saw Winged Beans at two different vendors at the 'regular' Farmer's Market in addition to the Asian Farmer's Market. Looks like Winged Beans will be mainstream in the next couple of years!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Whole Grain Maple Oat Scones #BreadBakers

Use of whole grain flour is a great way to make traditional scones a bit more healthy. While it can be argued that it is like driving with the break on due to the amount of dairy fat in this recipe, the addition of whole grain from both oat and wheat sources make an indulgent treat a somewhat more nutritious!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Winged Beans

Seriously. These veggies are the most interesting thing I have discovered in a very long time. I am fortunate to live in California and every Sunday under the freeway in the (almost) downtown of Sacramento, there is an absolutely fabulous Farmer's Market. And the bonus: an Asian Farmer's Market just two blocks away.

"What are these?" I asked one of the vendors at the Asian Market, pointing to the green veggies that look a more like sea creatures than vegetables.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Celebration Confetti Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Time for August's #BundtBakers! This month's theme comes from Teri at Love and Confections. The challenge: Sprinkles off all sorts! Jimmies, colored sugar, nonpareils, dragĂ©es, candies, pearl sugar, etc. If it can be sprinkled and used to decorate a Bundt, inside and/or outside, it's fair game. 

Seriously, Teri! What a fun theme! And THANK YOU for hosting!

I had no problem deciding that I was just going to go 'heavy handed' with rainbow sprinkles and make a 'Celebration' Cake. What are we celebrating?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Chicken, Quinoa and Chickpea Stuffed Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers have made quite a showing at the Farmer's Market. Beautiful yellow, orange, red and green colors are too pretty to resist. They are perfect for stuffing! 

My husband and I purchased six peppers with mixed colors at our weekly Sunday market trip. I knew that I would stuff them somehow, but I didn't have a stellar stuffing recipe. Until now...