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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…

Bebop-a-Reebop Rhubarb Pie

“Other original “sponsors” have included Bebop-a-reebop Rhubarb Pie and Bebop-a-reebop Frozen Rhubarb Pie Filling (‘One little thing can revive a guy, And that is some homemade rhubarb pie; Serve it up, nice and hot; Maybe things aren’t as bad as you thought.’)” ~Garrison Keillor A Prairie Home Companion After walking up to the car show…

dolly parton’s five layer dinner

“I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb… and I also know that I’m not blonde.” ~Dolly Parton I’m just waiting for the Dolly Parton jokes to start rolling in 😉 This is a celebrity recipe, which means Dolly herself may or may not have actually made this…

Teacup Cake

“From the gate to the porch went a wide walk, paved with smooth slabs of dark stone, and bordered with the tall bushes which met overhead, making a green roof. All sorts of neglected flowers and wild weeds grew between their stems, covering the walls of this summer parlor with the prettiest tapestry. A board,…

Lemon Tea Cake

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  ~C.S. Lewis Lemon Tea Cake Makes 2 – 8 inch tea loaves Preheat oven to 35O degrees. Spray two 8×4 loaf pans with Baker’s Joy. 2 sticks butter at room temperature 2 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar…

The Perfect Cheese Plate for a Wine Tasting Party

“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.” ~Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin I’m planning a wine and cheese tasting party for later this summer. This is such a fun and easy way to entertain. I’m by no means a cheese expert, but Jeff and I have…

Oven Roasted Garlic Heaven

“Garlic is the ketchup of intellectuals.” ~Author Unknown Oven Roasted Garlic So good for you, so yummy, so easy to prepare. A nice appetizer with baguette, fantastic pizza topping and a good accompaniment to Ploughman’s Lunch Heat oven to 350 Cut the tops off two whole heads of garlic. Place in a small, glass, oven…

Cooking With the French Impressionists

“I was thrilled to sit at one of the tables where the master had eaten his lunch and dinner. I was aware that he had been everywhere in this room.” ~Alexandra Stoddard Gracious Living in a New World This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I love using recipes from books that add meaning to…

Sir William Baffin & Rose Miel

“I’ll never forget the first time we saw our Victorian cottage. We knew we were home the minute we walked through the front door. When we stepped out the back door and saw the rose bushes we just knew the house was blessed.” ~Melissa Placzek Welcome Home 2004 The first time we saw our house…