Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Yesterday I went to the grocery with a list. All resolve left me when I spied a display of fresh, huge, beautiful blueberries in the produce section. Not on my list, but on sale!  Impulse buying? Yes, and no regrets. Especially on a snowy day with thoughts of a warm fire, a piece of fresh baked blueberry coffee cake accompanied by a mug of steaming … Continue reading Blueberry Boy Bait and Caramel Chocolate Fondue for Valentine’s Day

Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

I’ve often said the reason I continue to write this column every week is because of you, my readers. We have a real connection. Some examples: the other day at the recycling center, Dana, in customer service, mentioned how she enjoys this column. Truth be told, I was surprised she recognized me behind the mask! Ditto with Beverly G., an Eastgate reader, who rang my … Continue reading Peppermint Bark Success, Bev’s Cinnamon Bread and Holiday Ham Tips for best Spiral Ham

Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

Keeping promises. I’m doing just that today by sharing recipes for bramble berry jams, aka red raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry.  I have a patch of black raspberries in the garden, plus some wild ones growing on the hillside nestled in with the wild blackberries.  Why jam and not jelly? I’d need a lot more berries than I have to make jelly, since you have … Continue reading Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

FLAX An important seed mentioned in the Bible in Proverbs. “She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands”. What are flaxseeds?   Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, are small, brown, tan or golden-colored seeds. In fact, linseed or “flax seed” are different names for the same seed. Flaxseeds are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, plant protein and one of the best … Continue reading Flax – Ancient Biblical Seed and Gluten, Grain Free Granola Bars (No baking required!)

Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

This week on the Sonrise Morning Show I chatted with Matt Swaim about eggs and their significance in the Bible, especially during Easter. The 2 recipes, one for hot cross buns and the other for a quick cherry coffee cake are family favorites, and good baking projects while we’re all sheltering in place. I hope each of you celebrate these holy days and remember, it’s … Continue reading Hot Cross Buns and Quick Cherry Coffee Cake

Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

As I write this column, we are still sheltering in place. And thinking about Easter. Maybe you are, too. Instead of our annual Easter brunch and egg hunt, we’ll be celebrating on a smaller scale.  Yet there’s still much to feel blessed about. Just take a walk outside. Check out the beautiful wild violets and blooming forsythia. (They both make lovely jellies.) Trees are bursting … Continue reading Streusel Coffee Cake, Deviled Eggs for Easter

An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

I love talking to Matt Swaim each week on the Sunrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio about Bible foods and herbs. Check out his blog – it never fails to give me a chuckle, while educating me, as well. Today we talked about pistachios. Here’s a bit of trivia, along with 2 of the best recipes for granola (yes, another granola, but so simple) and … Continue reading An Ancient Biblical Nut, Pistachios Star in Granola Bars and Maple Granola

Heirloom Coffee Cake

There it was, buried in the bottom of our large bin where holiday decorations are stored. A Good Housekeeping magazine from November 1984. Now here’s the query: why was it there? It took me a few minutes to remember.  As a young mom, I was fascinated with holiday baking, and the cover photo, though faded, shows a beautifully decorated gingerbread house. “Make our cozy gingerbread … Continue reading Heirloom Coffee Cake