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Another Indiana Jones Birthday Cake!

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It’s birthday time around the FishHouse. We celebrate four birthdays in three weeks’ time which means lots of cake! But, remember? They like cake better than pie around here. So, it’s all good. My Littlest Man had originally requested a Pokemon cake. Then in the final hour he changed his mind and asked for a […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies (URS: The Cookie Throwdown)

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This week flour flew in my kitchen as the kids and I baked up a veritable storm. Wow! And we lived to tell about it. We also filled the freezer with calzone dough, apple pies, french bread, quick breads, chocolate-zucchini cake, and cookies. One of the highlights this week was a Chocolate Chip Cookie throwdown […]

Gramma John’s Pie Crust

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Making pie crust from scratch is like kid’s play when you use Gramma John’s Pie Crust recipe. It’s simple and delicious! Do you see how HAPPY that child is? He just made his first pie crust. You’ll be that happy, too, when you learn our family secret for easy, pat-in-pan pie crust. Gramma John’s Pie […]

Ruth’s Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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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)

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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 […]

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!

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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?)

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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 […]