Fruit Crisps A to Z (Apple to Zucchini)-Spring

A glass, porcelain, or ceramic baking dish will bake the best, slow and steady, and make a nice presentation at the table.  I stay away from metal pans for fruit desserts since the fruit is acid and they don’t look very…

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The Slow Cooker: Moroccan-Spiced Tomato Chicken with Almonds

Here is a totally different flavored chicken laced with some subtle spices, currants, and honey in a tomato based sauce that uses cooked salsa. It is a brilliantly simple recipe that tastes like a whole lot more…

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The Classic Poppy Seed Butter Cake

Back when I was learning how to bake, around 1970 or so, I was always on the look out for good recipes. Especially cakes and quick loaves. I wanted cakes that garnered praise and not a crumb left on any plate. One of the most elusive cakes was poppy seed cake, the kind you could buy a slice in a Jewish deli, have on a Jewish holiday, or have at someone’s grandmothers’ house for brunch.

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The Easiest Cranberry Lemon Hot Cross Buns


Hot Cross Buns show up every Easter in bakeries and have a long tradition in the British Isles since raisin buns and muffins are popular for both home, bakery, and tea room items. They are a beloved breakfast and tea…

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The Slow Cooker: Family-style Winter Tomato Sauce

The most famous of tomato sauces are Italian and they are rustic preparations. Marinara sauce is a basic vegetarian tomato sauce. I make a wide variety of pasta sauces in the slow cooker. This is a family sized recipe for a long cooking marinara sauce. It is a pot of fabulous tomato wine sauce, that goes together in minutes using canned tomatoes, that simmers all day.

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Julia’s Aromatic Basmati Rice

Adding whole spices to rice while it is cooking is common in the warm pungent cuisine of India. The whole spices add a gentle scent and subtle flavor to the rice, especially apparent in the rice close to the spices. It is so addictive and yummy, while not being too spicy hot or different that kids won’t eat it.

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My Sister’s Zucchini al Forno with Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes


I took this baked vegetable gratin to potluck suppers for years. It is simple. People love it. And it tastes good with all food and in every season. I usually would bake it on site to serve very hot, but…

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About Venison

The bright red meat called venison, the king of game meats and food of kings, has been a culinary staple in European and American diets for centuries.  If you have not been blessed with a hunter in the family, venison…

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Spinach Tofu Quiche

Ingredients

Sesame Crust
1 12/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white spelt flour
1/4 cup light olive oil
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1/3 cup plain chilled sparkling mineral water
Spinach filling
1 (14- to 16-ounce) container firm tofu, drained
1/3 cup…

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Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Lamb is the stuff of myth, legend, and part of the story of the domestication of animals.  It is mentioned in the Bible and were used not only for religious purposes, but for food and wool.  It is a meat that…

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