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Pancakes for Supper


My grandfather loved having pancakes for supper on Sunday nights. The children’s book by that title is wonderful with beautiful graphics. Below is our family recipe for Pancakes for Supper. Be sure to serve your pancakes with really good bacon and/or your favorite sausage links. Whole Grain Dinner Pancakes Obviously,these are just as good for breakfast. They […]

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Chaat – Not Related to Chit

Chaat - Not Related to Chit

Vik’s Chat House in Berkeley, CA is a real gem. They started out as a small storefront and distribution company for all ingredients needed to cook authentic Indian food. They grew into a warehouse like restaurant that offers some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. Their mango lassi (a thick yogurt smoothie made with mangoes, yogurt […]

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White and Dark Chocolate Bark with Salted Peanuts


This “Winter Bark” from Martha Stewart’s Living, December 2008 was one of the goodies I prepared over the holidays.  I had never made chocolate bark before but thought the recipe sounded good and it certainly looked simple enough. The combination of swirled white and dark chocolate studded with salted cocktail peanuts was totally yummy and […]

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In Memoriam – Diana Shafroth


Diana Holland Shafroth, my mother-in-law and flavorista, died January 6, 2009 at the age of 80 with family around. There are many wonderful things I will always associate with her: gin, bridge, Cape Cod, her love of people and travel – and of course her family. There are wonderful dishes I will also hold close: chili rellenos […]

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Indian Spiced Cashew, Almond & Pistachio Brittle


This brittle is wonderful to have around during the holidays and makes a great hostess gift. It is important to have a candy thermometer for this recipe as once the sugar hits 350°F, you have to work very quickly. I usually turn the heat off at 300°F and start working as sugar, like oil, keeps cooking even […]

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Poached Pear & Hazelnut Clafouti


This is one of my favorite winter desserts using poached pears. Clafouti is a cake-like pudding from France that is great with many fruits and it is easy to make.  This clafouti with poached pears is elegant and really wonderful served with vanilla ice cream or some simple whipped cream. Enjoy! Poached Pear & Hazelnut Clafouti 1 […]

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Red and White Wine Poached Pears


This recipe for poached pears is one of my favorites to have around the holidays. Once you make the pears, they are so versatile. You can slice them into salads or use them as an hors d’oeuvre in a cheese plate.  Once you taste them, you’ll start thinking of all kinds of creative possibilities.  I know Kimberly […]

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Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies


If you’ve got a cookie swap coming up, these will be a hit, especially with those who love peanut butter cookies.  My mom found this recipe in November’s Better Homes and Gardens.  For holidays, I often gift my mom a "cookie club."  She picks recipes that look good and I bake them for her.  These peanut butter […]

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Coconut Almond Granola


This has been one of my most loved homemade holiday gifts for years.  The dates are chewy; the oats, cereal and almonds supply all the crunch you’ll need and the tropical notes of the coconut are welcomed on cold winter mornings.  Last year, this recipe was featured in a recipe round up in fresh magazine. Coconut […]

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East Coast Thanksgiving Recap


This post could also be aptly titled "What is Great about Thanksgiving."  This year, we celebrated the holiday at my sister in law’s home.  Rose and her husband, Mark, are gracious hosts and fantastic cooks.  The meal was superb, 22 guests in all and not so much as a hiccup.  Rose’s meal is a very smart […]

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