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NANAIMO BARS-The Most Requested Confection!

A Decadent Confection When my husband and I visited beautiful Vancouver a few years ago- we missed learning about a Nanaimo Bar! ERR‚ÄĒA confection famous in British Columbia- not a social destination! ūüėä Once you taste one--you need at least one more-so rich and...

National Eat a Cranberry Day

My mom loved to cook and bake! Thanksgiving was an important family time‚ÄĒmy dad actually took the day off‚ÄĒmostly‚ÄĒfrom his business and that meant everyone enjoyed the day. One thing my mom did not make was cranberry sauce. We had homemade everything else but the CS...

Bill Hauser’s Mom’s Peanut Cookies

In honor of National Peanut Butter Month  I got to thinking about one of my high school students years ago who shared a recipe for his mom’s Peanut Butter Cookies. Because of their distinct shape and flavor combination, the recipe has turned out to be one several...

Seedless Grape Pie with Concord Grape Wine

Or How to Reduce a Recipe When You Have Less of a Major Ingredient but Want to Make the Recipe Anyway! WARNING: There are over twenty steps to this but at least read on so that if you are ever in a similar situation, you too can MAKE WHATEVER YOU WANT ANYWAY! This...

Thursday Thoughts – September 1st

Do not have my own kiddos For those of you who do or are kids at heart A recipe for Banana Strawberry Paletas An idea for a weekend activity…. Or a Blender Breakfast…..if you Do not have the patience for the freezing part…… Equipment: Blender, popsicle molds, craft...

An Easy Pullman Bread Lesson!

CELEBRATE BREAD BAKING MONTH! ¬†Have you ever heard of the story of the ‚Äúshoemaker‚Äôs daughter?‚ÄĚ As a baking instructor with two teaching positions at two different campuses, making time to actually bake something in my own kitchen is one of my New Year‚Äôs Resolutions...

Free Pan Dulce (Concha) Recipe from Chef Susan

When I began to think about what baked product I would try for National Hispanic Heritage Month I thought of those colorful breads known as pan dulce- sweet bread. I always wanted to try to make my own brightly colored rolls that I saw at special booths at bakery...

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