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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 […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies - These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow.

These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow. 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 […]

Zucchini – The Mother of Invention (Recipe: Chocolate Zuke Cake from a Mix)

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Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. It must be the most efficient vegetable on the planet! It grows so quickly. Overnight pencil size veggies bloom into submarine size zukes. And it you’ve got friends who grow zucchini, prepare yourself for some gifts. (Thanks, Suzanne!) I was very optimistic this morning that I would successfully transform all […]

Macaroon Crunch Pie

I first had this pie one summer visiting my cousins in South Dakota. It was served at a cousin’s baby shower. I don’t know how old her “baby” is but I’m guessing that I was fifteen or sixteen which makes my copy of the recipe about twenty years old. Ouch! Am I really that old? […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake Slice

This easy chocolate cheesecake mixes up quickly and easily. Delicious and rich in flavor, it makes a great special event dessert.

Trail Mix Cookies

I made a batch of these last night, without the chocolate chips. (I needed those for my birthday cheesecake. No scrimping there.) But since these are supposed to be a little healthy, I figured it was ok. FishBoys didn’t agree. Chocolate is necessary, they say. Well, they’ll live. Enjoy! 1 c. canola oil 3/4 c. […]