National Eat a Cranberry Day

National Eat a Cranberry Day

My mom loved to cook and bake! Thanksgiving was an important family time—my dad actually took the day off—mostly—from 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

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

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

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...
Congratulations to Chef Susan!

Congratulations to Chef Susan!

    We’re thrilled to announce that Chef Susan was awarded the 2015 California Council of Adult Education (CCAE) CALCO Excellence in Teaching Award for the Los Angeles Metropolitan section. The CCAE was founded in the 1940’s and is a prestigious and...

Chef Susan’s Promised Tres Leches…

In the first quarter of 2014 I asked our online community of any interest in a super Tres Leches dessert. Response…amazing! As I had many scheduling hurdles in 2014, my focus was drawn away from the goal of developing a modified version of what we had been using at...
An Easy Pullman Bread Lesson!

An Easy Pullman Bread Lesson!

CELEBRATE BREAD BAKING MONTH!  Have you ever heard of the story of the “shoemaker’s daughter?” 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’s Resolutions...

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