Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

We celebrated Scott's birthday the other night and this was the cake he requested.  Since deciding on this cake for his birthday cake, and as I've mentioned this cake to others, I've learned it has a following.  People know about the Beatty Cake - it's that great.  The hot coffee in the batter and coffee... Continue Reading →

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Perhaps there's just enough time for some more holiday baking so I thought I'd share these Mexican Wedding Cookies with you.  A classic Christmas cookie, they are easy to make and with just a touch of pecan, they are nice to taste as well.  This recipe makes two dozen. Mexican Wedding Cookies 1/2 cup pecan... Continue Reading →

All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake

I've been eye-ing this holiday bundt cake recipe for a couple years so I was thrilled to have an occasion to make and serve it.  It was featured on my It's a Celebration post and was enjoyed by several so thought I share the recipe.  It could become a nice holiday tradition, giving something like... Continue Reading →

Spicy Saucy Halibut

Scott and I had a dinner party last weekend and have been eating leftovers all week.  We are officially "lambed out" and wanted something other than meat for dinner last night.  I discovered this recipe for halibut in another Junior League cookbook and found it's worth repeating.  As the title suggests, it's a bit spicy... Continue Reading →

Pesto Sauce

We had some basil in the garden that needed to be used, and I thought...I'll make some pesto.  California Fresh has a simple recipe and it turned out well so I wanted to share.  With the holidays upon us, it's nice to have some more simple dinners in mind.  I used whole wheat pasta, and... Continue Reading →

Bourbon Yams with Pecan Topping

Just in time for Thanksgiving!  This recipe is a Thanksgiving classic from our family.  My mom used to love cooking from Junior League cookbooks - she said the recipes always turned out well.  This recipe is from the Oakland-East Bay Junior League and it's wonderful.  I must admit that it's one of the better ways... Continue Reading →

Coffee Cake

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of cooking with one of our neighbors.  Emily joined me in the kitchen and we made a Sweet Family favorite recipe, one that's been served for years.  It's tried and true and brings back wonderful memories for Scott and his family of origin.  The recipe comes from Betty Crocker and... Continue Reading →

Roasted Salmon Nicoise Platter

Recently, I had the opportunity to work in the kitchen with my aunt.  It brought back wonderful memories of working in the kitchen with my mom, my aunt's sister.  She introduced me to another Ina Garten recipe, one that turned out well and was a lovely presentation for the lunch we served.  We spent the... Continue Reading →

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