Beth’s Blog

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Cake Heart

Sunday February 5, 2017

This chocolate chip cookie-cake heart is the handiwork of my friend and incredibly versatile cook Jacquie McMahan. Jacquie’s daughter-in-law fell in love with a cookie-cake with her name written on it available by mail order from a bakery in San…

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Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Sunday January 29, 2017

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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Mocha Oatmeal Cake

Sunday January 29, 2017


A favorite cake from one of my local restaurants, Peasant Chef and owner Joan Franck. When it closed, I was really happy I had taken the time to get this recipe.

Ingredients

2 cups strong hot coffee
3 cups quick-cooking oats…

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Glazed Ham Steak with Indian Potato Salad

Sunday January 22, 2017


I gaze longingly at the slice of ham steak in the butcher shop. Cryo-wrapped and a convenient size, I always wonder how best to serve it since it would be good with mashed or roasted potatoes, potato salads, cole slaw,…

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Borscht the Soup

Sunday January 22, 2017

Whether a hearty bean or split pea, exotically smooth cream soup, or chunky vegetable soup, everyone loves homemade soup, the one bowl meal.  They “light the inner fires” says soup and bread expert food writer Bernard Clayton.  Soups are the…

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Quick Pickled Winter Vegetables

Saturday January 14, 2017


Giardiniera ~ mixed garden vegetables in a light vinegary brine ~ is probably Italy’s most popular homemade pickle. Serve giardiniera with a wide range of foods; it makes an excellent cheese platter garnish. It cuts the richness of winter stews,…

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Slow Cooker Osso Bucco

Saturday January 14, 2017


Osso bucco is the traditional and classic Italian veal stew made with veal shanks.  It is served with saffron risotto or a plain saffron rice (page XX).  In Italy it is not unusual to see a diner digging out the…

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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Basil, and Mint

Saturday January 14, 2017


Once I had the combination of fresh basil and mint, I was hooked. Then I find out the partnering has a long tradition in Italian country food. This is a lovely summer pasta, satisfying for those nights when you want…

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

Saturday January 14, 2017

Fruit by the Seasons

Food that tastes good and looks appealing will never be out of style and choosing seasonal produce is one of the essential ingredients that make it so.
Since beginning my culinary career, I have been examining the…

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Kabocha Pumpkin and Coconut Milk Soup

Sunday January 8, 2017


Joyce Jue is an old friend and extraordinary cook, cookbook writer, newspaper columnist, and culinary adventurer, specializing in exotic luxury cruises along the border of Southeast Asia designed just for foodies. Here is one of her special soups using one…

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