Ruth’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

My mother-in-law warned me that her son didn’t like vegetables. He denied it vehemently. He still does. But, I’ve observed the man’s eating habits over the last seventeen years, and I would say that his mother was mostly right. Her son doesn’t like many vegetables. But, he does like chocolate bundt cake – with just […]

Ultimate Carrot Cake (URS: Easter Dessert)

I must admit when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, and I’m hard pressed to move it. For instance, every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make Pretzel Berry Dessert. Every year. And only at the holidays. We don’t usually eat it any other […]

Lemon Meringue Pie (URS: Your Signature Dish)

When I was about 10 years old, I decided I wanted to learn to make Lemon Meringue Pie. We had a tree in the backyard and I loved pie. So, it was a perfect combination. I grabbed my mom’s yellow Pillsbury cookbook and went to work, altering it to get the right combination of tartness […]

Gramma Ruthie’s Gingerbread with Cream Cheese Topping and Rich Lemon Sauce

This cake-like dessert is one that my mother-in-law often made for us at the holiday time. It is simple and delicious. You will want to eat it all. It’s on my menu for next week. Gingerbread1 cup sugar1/4 t. salt1 t. ginger1/2 t. cinnamon1/2 t. cloves1 c. oil1 c. molasses2 t. baking soda1 c. boiling […]

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie – Recipe Swap: (Never) Too Many Pumpkins!

Years ago I found this great book at the library called Too Many Pumpkins. It tells the story of Rebecca Estelle, an elderly woman who, as a result of living in the Depression, hated pumpkins. It turned out that the only food her family had had for a season was pumpkins. Consequently, she avoids pumpkins […]

Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

This is FishPapa’s all-time Fave come holiday time. The man who “doesn’t like sweets” claims he could eat the whole pan. I guess we do have a dessert to arm wrestle over. You can make this with strawberries and strawberry jello, but we prefer it with raspberries and cranberry or raspberry jello. What’s your favorite […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Update: This giveaway may be closed, but these cookies are always winners! Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday time! One of the tricks to having a great stash is to bake a few […]