Tagged: ‘beth hensperger’

A Peach of A Cobbler

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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Marinades 101: The Savory Summer Treat

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


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

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

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



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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Microwave Fresh Strawberry Jam-Summer’s Treat

Strawberry jam is certainly one of the all-time favorite homemade jams. Exceptional, chunky, fresh-fruit jams are easily made within half an hour utilizing the microwave oven. Homemade jams are less sweet than commercial jams and much more exciting in flavor, texture, and color.

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Sonoma Mission Inn Apple Oatcakes

This inventive low-fat recipe (the liquid is water) comes from the Sonoma Mission Inn spa restaurant, where I had them for breakfast paired with chicken apple sausage. I am glad I asked for the recipe, for I have never seen it anywhere.

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The Microwave: Favorite Stuffed Potatoes

Although there are a few steps to making stuffed potatoes, it is time well spent. People adore them. Stuffing potatoes is an enjoyable way to showcase potatoes, and as a vegetable, potatoes end up as versatile as pasta. Also called twice-baked, or in our case, twice-microwaved, potatoes, the sky is the limit when creating them. They are a vegetarian delight.

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Rice Cooker Tamales

Tamales are the epitome of Mexican food and one of the classic tastes of the Hispanic kitchen. Tamales are “mother” food or comfort food, Latin style. The dough is made from masa harina or “masa flour,” the ground corn that has been soaked in lime, then dried for storage, to make the corn kernel softer and more digestible than regular cornmeal. It is the corn flour used to make tortillas and tamales have that wonderful strong corn flavor that is so characteristic in Mexican cuisine.

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