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Zucchini Tomato Bake

Zucchini abounds in gardens this time of year. Everywhere you go someone says, “Oh you can’t leave without taking some zucchini home with you.” I’ve been on the zucchini distribution and receiving side of the issue; so be honest, you … Continue reading

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Himalayan Blackberry Pie

Should we thank Luther Burbank for introducing the Himalayan Blackberry to the Pacific Northwest at the turn of the century?  The plump, juicy berries have supplied us with delicious pies, syrups and jams that burst with flavor, but on the … Continue reading

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Peggy’s Chile Rellenos

My friend, Peggy, was visiting us from Idaho last month and she made a batch of her famous Chile Rellenos. We ate them for a few nights in a row and still wanted more. Perhaps that’s why my thoughts turned … Continue reading

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Chocolate Snack Cake

This is a cake with many aliases. Crazy Cake is what Mom called it; Vinegar Cake is a handle I’ve seen used in old cookbooks; One Bowl Cake, Busy Day or Everyday Cake (all popular in the 40s and 50s); … Continue reading

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Onion Mushroom Beef Steak

Caramelized onions, green beans and carrots simmering all day in savory mushroom gravy with hefty slabs of seared steak, it’s a hubby approved comfort food dinner that is truly lip-smacking good. Slow Cooked Onion Mushroom Beef Steak 2-3 pounds boneless … Continue reading

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Sizzling Summertime Steaks

4 T-bone or Rib Eye steaksGarlic powder to taste1 cup green pepper, chopped1 cup Spanish onion, sliced6 green onions, chopped1-8 ounce bottle Italian dressingBlack pepper, freshly ground Place steaks in a large baking dish; sprinkle steaks with garlic powder, green … Continue reading

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Crazy Chocolate Cake

It’s National Chocolate Cake Day so whip up this wonderfully moist chocolate cake that’s so rich it doesn’t need frosting. Grab the kids and make it tonight. It’s fun and easy to assemble with a unique no-bowl mixing technique. And … Continue reading

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Susan’s Sensational Fudge Pie

A while back I ran across an old “food for thought” verse that was circulating the internet back in 2001. It seemed apropos at the time so I used it in my Carlsbad Current-Argus cooking column. In reviewing this delightful … Continue reading

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Cherry Winks Cookies, 7-Layer Bars, Russian Tea Cakes, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Red Raspberry Bars and Oreo Cookie Bites

Last weekend I read that Americans love their holiday cookies and they look forward to cookies during the season more than any other treat. So I’ve put together a repertoire of cookie and cookie bar recipes. Most are old recipes … Continue reading

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Mom’s Fabulous Dinner Rolls

There isn’t a dinner roll on the planet better than Mom’s Fabulous Dinner Rolls! These sweet, old-fashioned pull-apart rolls are a challenge if you’re not proficient with yeast breads, but once perfected they’ll become your signature contribution to every special … Continue reading

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