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]

Pear Frangipani Galette

Most of the local farm stands and farmers’ markets have closed down for the season and only a few fruits and vegetables remain in our last local market where the die hard foodies shop no matter what the weather. Even though the selection doesn’t come close to what we could buy even a few weeks [Read More]

Apple Almond Tart

Apple Season is officially here and farmers’ market booths on Saturday were full of overflowing boxes of local fruit.  Our climate in the northern Willamette Valley is ideally suited for peaches, apples and pears that begin to show up in the market in late August.  My favorite cooking apple is the Gravenstein, available for just a [Read More]

Magic Marshmallow Crescent Puffs

I’m finding all kinds of interesting recipes as I make my way through the box of Pillsbury Bake-Off Recipe Books that I recently bought on e-bay.  Recipes in the early books rely on basic ingredients, ground weinies being one, to more sophisticated recipes in the 1980’s and ’90’s.  Most from the 60’s and 70’s use [Read More]


Palmiers are light-as-air, buttery, flakey, caramely, French pastries that are so good you will amaze yourself that you are able to make them. The truly amazing part of all this is that you need only two ingredients to produce these beautiful creations. There are many internet sites that give similar instructions, and, after making several [Read More]