Dresdener Stollen Revisited

Baking Dresdener Stollen is one of my dearest holiday traditions.  My mother made it every year at Christmas time  and passed on the tradition to me  when she gave me her hand written card with this wonderful recipe.   You will find the recipe and a little history of this traditional German bread on last [Read More]

Maple-Nut Coffeecake Twist

There’s nothing like the aroma of bread baking in the oven and a fresh pot of coffee  brewing on the counter to get the day off to a good start.  Especially if that day is one of celebration for all the blessings of life and for dear family and friends.  I wish I could share [Read More]

Bacon and Egg on Toast

  August is the peak of the season at my farmers market. Corn and peaches are coming in and booths are bursting at the seams with produce of all kinds. I have a basic shopping list each week from which I can assemble most of the recipes that are my weekly favorites: greens, usually frizee, arugula [Read More]

Caramelized Eggplant and Fresh Tomato Pizza

Friday is pizza day at my house. And it’s also time for a fantastic Foodie Friday celebration at Designs by Gollum Michael Lee is our gracious hostess with the mostess so I hope you will join me there for this wonderful event. I know you will enjoy it. Wolfgang Puck’s pizza dough recipe is one [Read More]

Chicken Salad Sandwich on Grilled Pita Bread

My favorite summertime meals are usually the ones that are the easiest to put together. When I start with the best, freshest ingredients I can find it really doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a satisfying and lovely to look at lunch or dinner.  A new vendor, The Hummus Stop, occupied the booth [Read More]

Homemade Sandwich Buns

When I recently saw this recipe at Once Upon a Plate I knew it was one I had to try.  Mari’s recipes are always the best and when I read that Linda at How to Cook a Wolf recommended them, and Lori at All That Splatters featured them as well, I rolled up my sleeves and [Read More]

Wearin’ of the Green

Welcome Everyone to the second annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl hosted by my dear friend, Kathleen, at Cuisine Kathleen.Join in the celebration commemorating the sainthood of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Both my great-great-grandfather, William Ross Wallace, and my great-great-grandmother, Catherine Irwin, were born in Belfast, Ireland in 1834.  Their families were potato famine refugees who emigrated [Read More]

Mexican Torta

One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is the opportunity to try the everday street foods of the country I’m visiting.  The baguette sandwiches, crepes and sweets in Paris were irresistible. Gyros and souvlaki are street fare in Greece, and sausages and dumplings can be found everywhere in the Czech Republic. Belgium is known for its waffles and [Read More]

Ring-A-Lings ~ The 1955 Grand Prize Winner

The Pillsbury Bake-Off started in 1949 as a celebration of the 80th birthday of the Pillsbury Company. It was a wildly popular yearly event that was perfect for the time of prosperity that followed the war years.  Most women were stay at home wives and mothers and the country was quickly becoming obsessed with home decorating and [Read More]

Dresdener Stollen

Stollen is thought to have originated in Dresden, Germany in the 1400’s. The Catholic Church at that time forbade the use of butter during Lent so, unlike today, the first stollens were a heavy, tasteless pastry. The Pope eventually lifted the ban and declared that stollen could be baked with butter with a “clear conscience [Read More]