Panini Girl

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April 22, 2017


Coconut Cream Pie

Looking for a light and luscious dessert? Well, look no further. I dare say that you may even be able to win over those who profess not to be a lover of coconut with this pie.  The custard is rich and creamy, but not at all heavy. I thought about saving the leftover filling and […]

February 12, 2017


Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies

I can’t believe that I’m saying this, but it took me four days to finish one of these cookies. A friend made them, gave me one and being the chocoholic that I am, I took a big bite. After I oohed and aahed and swooned with delight, I realized that one bite was enough and […]

February 2, 2017


Royal Wedding Scones

I thought I had my absolute favorite scone recipe and it’s still right up near the top of my list, but there’s a serious contender for the title-the royal wedding scone-that I found on Food 52. I saw it a while back and hesitated trying it, thinking that it couldn’t come near to my old stand […]

December 10, 2016


Bake Sale!

    Every holiday season my co-workers organize a “holiday boutique” featuring their homemade arts and crafts. The shop is open for a month and is a great place to do a little Christmas shopping without having to run from store to store.  Last year they asked me to participate, but I declined.  My craft […]

November 24, 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving

An old favorite-pecan pie from the Silver Palate. Pecan Pie 4 eggs 1 cup dark brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup melted sweet butter (1/2 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups shelled pecans, chopped 9″ unbaked pie crust 1-1/2 cups shelled pecan halves (or however many you need […]

November 5, 2016


Coconut Macademia Chip Cookies

I don’t think you can have too many recipes for chocolate chip cookies. Every time I think I’ve found my favorite, I stumble on another recipe that I feel the need to try. For years I followed the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. I still think this makes a very good […]

October 24, 2016


Chocolate Sables

      I have a huge file for recipes that’s somewhat organized. Some years back I decided that I needed another place to collect recipes that I would keep in the kitchen. This file was supposed to be things that I wanted to make “right away”. It was a great idea when I started, […]

October 1, 2016


Torta Caprese

    I am a chocoholic. There, I said it. I can’t let a day go by without a little bite or two. When planning dessert for dinner guests I’m inevitably drawn to something chocolate and this time was no exception. Even though I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting  Capri, I am well acquainted […]

September 10, 2016


Pistachio Semifreddo

Somehow the summer months have just slipped away, but thankfully we’re still having gorgeous warm weather here in southern California . It may seem like I’ve been out fooling around, but I have been cooking and baking, just not much blogging. One of the things I love about the summer months is the simplicity of […]

August 26, 2016


Schiacciata-Tuscan Focaccia

  Walk into any forno (a bakery for bread) in Tuscany and you will find schiacciata. This fluffy flat bread makes the perfect snack eaten out of hand and is also ideal for panini. The dough is dimpled by the baker’s fingers before baking and then drizzled with olive oil which collects in the little pockets. Schiacciata means […]