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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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Of course, once you pick 12 pounds of fresh cherries, you bake with them. No more story telling (all that is here on another post), time to make Fresh Cherry Hand Pies.

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20160527_075922We have a rooftop patio, awesome for watching the sun set, seeing planes take off from LAX over that hill in the distance, snooping on goings-on (a few years back, Modern Family filmed an episode directly below, FUN watching). Unfortunately, the sun up there is brutal. In a single year, our outdoor rug disintegrated. Lightbulb moment – I’ll PAINT a rug right onto the deck. As in, ME doing the painting.

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Yellow Cake with Peppermint IcingIt may be August, but I felt like baking. Six men have been crawling all over our home for weeks, painting its exterior. “Thank you” and “such a great job” are words; a cake will make ME feel better. I baked them a Scratch Yellow Sheet Cake with Pink Peppermint Icing

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Classic Kahlua Chocolate Mousse

Kahlua Chocolate Mousse – do you CRAVE deep, dark, thick mmmmmmousse with the flavor of Kahlua? This mousse is “classic” because it put Kahlua on the map when it came to cooking with it. Decades ago, one restaurant, brilliant idea, spread like wildfire, history.

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Ridiculously Easy, Best Quiche Recipe Ever

Breakfast. Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Meatless. Meat-lover. Drop-in guests. Comfort food. Picnic fare. Potluck. It is ridiculously easy to make quiche (and cheap!) When you serve it, people say, “I love quiche!  Why don’t I make it more often?”  Just happened to me yesterday, fed two friends lunch, and they literally did not stop raving. This […]

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Caramel Apple Blondie Pie

California girl here. Born and bred. Yet, of all the magazines out there, I seem to relate most to Southern Living.  The home decor. The gardens. And, often (but not always) the recipes. Southern Living recipes are crazy rich, crazy fattening but crazy delicious.  Like their Caramel Apple Blondie Pie from the September 2013 issue.

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When Larry Cooked Like a Real Italian

Montone, Umbria, Italy — Our cooking class instructor assured us this was THE Umbrian recipe to master – a lemony olive oil cake. Chef Judith Klinger of Aroma Cucina put Larry to work in her killer Italian kitchen in Montone. Husband/partner Jeff Albucher was attentive dishwasher, bartender and M.C., regaling us in Umbrian history and […]

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My Newly Discovered Perfect Way to Cook Salmon–Oven Roasted In A Skillet

Eat more salmon. Every doctor says that. We try. But we’d frankly rather eat pasta or salad or soup or pizza or Asian noodles.  Sigh. Must try harder. Perfect timing for this Wall St. Journal article on restaurateur Ed Schoenfeld’s method of oven roasting salmon. Easy. Fast. Spectacularly tasty. Gadzooks, this was written for ME.

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Crunchy Whole Wheat Baked Onion Rings ~ SERIOUSLY Crunchy

Crunchy Whole Wheat Baked Onion Rings. And why these matter.  Story: my college boyfriend and his gaggle of athletic basketball buddy friends cooked. One staple was homemade onion rings made with bisquick and deep fried in corn oil. I entered college a lanky long-haired, semi hippie who enjoyed the boys’ cooking. Junior year, I caught […]

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Chicken Biryani ~ Indian Comfort Food After Stressful Weeks

  Chicken Biryani is Indian comfort food. I needed some. My mom is sick. No, actually Mom is injured. She’s had back surgery, is rehabilitating. Family stressed. Dad is in dire need of sleep and Alone Time (which he gets ‘til she goes home). Doctors, walkers, wheelchairs, meds, anybody who has been here knows. No […]

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Kahlua Chocolate Decadence Brownie– A Perfect 5-Inch Cake to Save You Forevermore From Sending Pricey Mail Order Baked Goods

Success is sweet.  I feel like I kinda beat the system. My scratch-baked 5-inch Kahlua Chocolate Decadence Brownie fits in a mailable flat rate box. What started me on this project was the Harry and David cake ordered for my sis’s sinus surgery “get well” gift. GULP!

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