Magic Carpet Cookies

December 15, 2017 Christmas


My brother and I would eat these as fast as Mom could make them. Magic Carpet Cookies continue to be a favorite holiday tradition for us, several decades later!   1 cup soft butter ½ cup sugar 1 egg 3 tsp. almond or vanilla flavoring 2 ½ cups flour ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. […]

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Spices and Herbs: Fresh Flavors

December 12, 2017 Christmas


A little oregano, fresh rosemary, cinnamon, freshly ground pepper, vanilla beans, Italian spice blend, kosher salt . . . You name it, you’re probably using it this holiday season. From baking to cooking and from breakfasts to desserts, spices and seasonings are an integral part of holiday foods. This season you will probably use a […]

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Peppermint Pinwheels

December 8, 2017 Christmas


  These festive holiday cookies are made even more tasty with the addition of peppermint. Perfect for giving to Santa, or just eating yourself! 1 cup butter, softened 1-1/2 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2- 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt […]

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Pumpkin and Blue Cheese Galette

October 18, 2017 Bread


Serves 6-8 1 butternut pumpkin (approx. 2 lbs) olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 small head of garlic, broken up but not peeled 1 small onion, finely chopped 10 fresh sage leaves, chopped (1 ½ tsp dried) ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese 2/3 cup crumbled blue cheese 1 large egg, beaten […]

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Popsicle Frenzy

August 11, 2017 Blog

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A little recent research revealed to me that the popsicle was ‘invented’ here in the Bay Area in 1905 by a young boy named Frank Epperson, who lived in San Francisco. He left his powdered soda mixed with water and a stirring stick out on the front stoop overnight. Anyone who knows San Francisco summers, […]

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Grandma’s Bohemian-Czech Hoska Bread

March 24, 2016 Bread


Every Easter and Christmas, Grandma Marie would spend the day baking this bread for the family. The day before the Holiday, Pa would deliver a collection of Hoska loaves to the families of their three girls. There would be one large loaf for the family, and smaller loaves for each member of the family. The […]

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Port-Glazed Onions and Shallots

November 17, 2014 Featured Recipe

This side dish is a favorite during Thanksgiving time, but is a perfect winter-time recipe that can be enjoyed with so many meals. 1 10-ounce package pearl onions 1 10-ounce package golden pearl onions 10 ounces small (1-inch diameter) shallots 2 tbsp (1/4 stick) butter 1 cup ruby Port 1/3 cup low-salt chicken broth 2 […]

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Spring Onions

April 7, 2014 In Season


Celebrate spring with these beautiful alliums. Spring onions offer fresh onion flavor, without the pungency (which makes them very popular with my kids). They are mild, crisp and offer a hint of sweetness — perfect for those who don’t always like the kick of raw onions. A simple way to enjoy spring onions is to […]

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Have a Ball this Thanksgiving – A Cheese Ball, That Is

November 25, 2013 Food

California Cheese and Bacon Balls

As we head into the final stretch of Thanksgiving Planning, the California Milk Advisory Board provides us with some great advice for feeding the crowds. Following the Family Eats Four Pillars, The CMAB offers tips and suggestions on how to bring it all together. Whether they’re appetizers on the big day, or nibbles for watching […]

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Cranberry Compote with Ginger and Molasses

November 16, 2013 Seasonal

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Thanksgiving is the only time of the year we make this recipe, but every time we do, we enjoy it so much that we pledge to make it when it’s not the holiday. Maybe this year, we’ll remember! 4 cups fresh cranberries 1 ½ cups water 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp finely grated peeled fresh […]

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