Chicken Taco Soup

Happy Holidays has turned to Happy New Year and I don't know about you but I was interested in something easy (and good) for dinner.  Chicken Taco Soup came to mind.  It's one of Scott's favorites, I like it too and it's made in the slow cooker.  No problem!  This recipe was given to me... Continue Reading →


For Christmas last year, our neighbor made us her family's Christmas Cake.  It was delicious.  I love homemade treats around the holidays so I really appreciated her Christmas Cake and asked her if she would like me to make her stollen.  She said yes!  This week was the week to make her stollen.  This recipe... Continue Reading →

Dean’s Mincemeat Cookies

This recipe was given to me by Joan Dalburg, one of my mom's friends.  It's a recipe my mom used to make when I was young and the story goes my mom used to make her own mincemeat!  You can also find mincemeat in a jar around the holidays.  I double this recipe to make... Continue Reading →

Caesar Salad

I love a good caesar salad and Tiger's is one that is a crowd pleaser.  We served it last night for friends and let me just say it was gone...and enjoyed by all.  Friends asked for seconds. Tiger's Caesar Dressing 5-6 garlic cubes, minced 1 can flat anchovies 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoon dry mustard... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Shortbread

These cookies sure make your kitchen smell good while they are baking.  This recipe is from my Auntie Sharon who lives in British Columbia and she finds just the right day to make shortbread.  Sometimes a day of rain.  Up in British Columbia they have a bit more rain than we do in California so... Continue Reading →

Diana’s Persimmon Cookies

A dear friend, Diana, shared her persimmon cookie recipe with me along with persimmons from her tree AND a demonstration on how to scoop the inside out and turn it into the pulp (see Sweet Notes below).  Thank you Diana!  I like eating the hard persimmons (Fuyu) like apples but for this recipe you'll need... Continue Reading →

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