Decadence!

Orange Cake

This recipe for orange cake was inspired by a favorite poem of mine by Cathy Song called “The White Porch.” ~Orange Cake~ 1 (18 oz) box yellow cake mix 1 (3 oz) package  instant lemon pudding mix 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1/2 cup canola oil 4 eggs 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon…

Venetian Baked Tomatoes

“Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.” ~Truman Capote These make a nice first course or side dish. ~Venetian Baked Tomatoes~ 8 medium, round tomatoes 5 slices crustless bread, cubed 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1 egg, beaten 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tsp. onion…

irish farm bread ~ barmbrack

“…I have never tasted tea like this. It is smooth, pungent, and instantly addicting…’This is from Grand Auntie’, my mother explains…’she told me if I buy the cheap tea, then I am saying that my whole life has not been worth something better. If I buy just a little, then I am saying that my…

Insalata Caprese

  “Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” ~Anna Akhmatova This is our family’s favorite Italian salad. A beautiful, simple, healthy summer dish or first course for a more elaborate Italian meal. Insalata Caprese 6 ripe Roma tomatoes sliced 1/4 inch thick 1 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced 1/4…

german potato salad

This is a great potato salad recipe to make when you want something a little different than the traditional ‘picnic’ potato salad, and when you don’t have the time to make a side salad that needs to cool for several hours before serving. I made this a couple nights ago and was reminded how good…

Snicker Bar Ice Cream Topping

We made this last night for dessert. It was such a treat, and so easy to make! Simply melt 5 Snicker bars along with 1 cup of heavy cream or ice cream in the top of a double boiler. Allow to cool for a few minutes and layer with vanilla ice cream in sundae cups.…

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

“Cutting the lemon the knife leaves a little cathedral: alcoves unguessed by the eye that open acidulous glass to the light; topazes riding the droplets, altars, aromatic facades.” ~Pablo Neruda Yesterday when we got home from the pool we were in the mood for something with lemons. I had made a new batch of my…

rhubarb ketchup

Sonny – “Frankenstein, what do you want?” Julian – “30 packets of ketchup.” From the movie Big Daddy starring Adam Sandler My friend Sandy is so sweet! She sent me this YUMMY recipe for rhubarb ketchup. I know what you might be thinking….Rhubarb KETCHUP? Well, that’s what Jeff said…and then he tried it. He’s now…

milk maid’s berry cake

“Where are you going to, my pretty maid?” …. “I’m going a-milking, Sir,” she said.  ~Nursery Rhyme Sometimes I use blackberries in this recipe because we have an abundance of them growing on our three huge blackberry bushes in our back yard.  You could use any berries you wish. Raspberries, blueberries or strawberries would all…

Hawaiian Cold Ginger Chicken

My brother-in-law, Mike, was stationed on Oahu for four years when he was in the Air Force. He has told Jeff and I stories about mountain biking through passion fruit groves and almost swooning from the intoxicating aroma of the fruit mixed with all of the other amazing scents you encounter when you’re on a…