Fruits & Nuts

Ch-ch-ch-Cherry Cobbler ~ Our Now-Frozen Cherries Put to Work


Once our luscious fresh-picked Bing cherries were pitted, frozen and bagged, the pressure was OFF to make something quickly. FROZEN cherries are called for in this recipe for Cherry Cobbler.

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Kahlua-Glazed Peaches & Vanilla-Kahlua Yogurt For Two


  Tell me if I’m wrong, but more words aren’t necessary. Fresh summer peach. Kahlua. Dunk, roast. Stir a little more into plain yogurt. Fresh vanilla bean. Drizzle. Sweet. Savoring. Kahlua-Glazed Peaches & Vanilla-Kahlua Yogurt for Two. Only Larry and me here, today that’s all that counts.

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Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake


  Gourmet Club dinner: GREEK. Four couples, each once yearly hosts a “theme” meal at their home. Marlene and John will be cruising the Greek Isles next month and, happily, this theme choice produced one of our absolute best group collaborations. Laura snagged the coveted DESSERT course. Laura makes perfect flan, and so a “water […]

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Namibia Sunset Orange Blossom Cake


African sunsets go on forever; the sun drops behind the horizon quickly, then melts the sky into a full hour of magnificence. Considering there are no buildings to block the view, hundreds of miles of horizon can (and do) glow every night.

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Road Trip: On The Hunt for Ojai’s Pixie Tangerines


My niece, Danielle, and I were on the hunt for the most awesome of snacks, the Pixie Tangerine. They only grow in Ojai. The region produces just enough to keep the best local stores and farmer’s markets supplied and then, BUMMER, gone ‘til next season (March through summer). If Larry and I hadn’t attended a […]

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Glazed Lemon Pound Cake


Do you have a go-to recipe that works for most occasions? Add Glazed Lemon Poundcake to your list. Hostess gift? Check. Dessert for potluck? Check. Neighbor thanks for taking in your mail? Check. Oops, I forgot a birthday? Check, check, check.

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Peppered Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar

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The year was maybe 1965.  My dad’s job involved transforming a Southern California strawberry farm into a housing development.  Families were invited to “pick all you want berries” on a festive day prior to plowing the field under. Our family of seven had a Country Squire Station Wagon.   With all the seats down and five […]

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Fresh Homemade Applesauce in the Crockpot

Crockpot Applesauce

I recently learned that it’s perfectly OK to re-do a recipe post as long as you keep the original title and the post date. That keeps you from erasing the post’s history, but lets you actually rewrite history! This was one of my very first, and the writing was crappy, at best.  My original photo was also […]

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