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Clafoutis Flan

Monday July 10, 2017


One of the latest Four Seasons opened a few years ago in Carlsbad, California, just north of San Diego.  The executive chef of the Four Seasons Resort Aviara, Pascal Vignau, is a native of France.  His pastry department’s version of…

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A Peach of A Cobbler

Sunday July 2, 2017

Good summer desserts should be able to be made with little fuss: a pile of fragrant, ripe fresh fruit and a few staples from the everyday pantry. After eating your fill out of hand, a lightly sweetened stewed fruit filling can be topped with a roughly-shaped layer of biscuit dough and made into a homey cobbler.

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Three Babes Bakeshop Apple Crumble Mini Pies

Sunday July 2, 2017

Makes 6

INGREDIENTS

Pie Crust
¼ pound plus 1 tablespoon butter, plus about 2 tablespoons for greasing muffin tin
⅓ cup ice water
1½ teaspoons vinegar
1½ teaspoons granulated sugar
½ teaspoon fine salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour
Crumble Topping
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons…

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Marinades 101: The Savory Summer Treat

Sunday June 25, 2017

When grilling (as well as roasting or broiling for that matter) meat, chicken, fish or vegetables, marinating is essential. We all collect at least one or two great marinade recipes. They also add flavor to meat and help keep everything moist.

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Friday May 26, 2017


This is my baking mentor Barbara Hiken’s mother’s recipe for fresh strawberry pie. We used to make the pie at the restaurant and people loved its homey goodness. It is not too sweet, the berries carry the flavor, and it…

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Eggs Du Jour

Sunday May 14, 2017

All my brunch catering jobs featured eggs, either in a strata casserole, made to order omelets, or eggs Benedicts. And no one was complaining. Spring brunches usually always called for smoked salmon, which is luscious and rich. Even the little children love it.

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Chocolate Velvet: Chocolate Cake of the Month

Sunday May 14, 2017

If you love cheesecake and also love chocolate, this recipe is for you. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have ever made and the name says it all…chocolate velvet..smooth and creamy all the way down from your lips to your tummy. It sits in a yummy pecan-enhanced graham cracker crust.

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Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday May 7, 2017



Don’t mess with my strawberry shortcake. I like it traditional. Genuine fruit shortcakes are an American summer passion.  It is the balance of sweet, juicy fruit, fluffy whipped creams, and crumby, rich biscuits that make them irresistible.  This version is…

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Chocolate Cake of the Month: Little Ricky’s Devils Food Layer Cake

Sunday May 7, 2017

If you bake, you want to have a repretoire of layer cakes. Once you know how to mix a cake, you have many choices what to make since they all use the same techniques. Rick Rodgers, affectionately aka Little Ricky, writes…

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Frijoles Negros

Sunday April 30, 2017


Black beans, also known as turtle beans, are the cornerstone of Central and South American soul food, just like the pinto bean is to Mexican cooking.  Once a specialty item, we notice them easily available in every supermarket.  They have…

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