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Chile Rellenos

A dear family friend who lived near the garden on the ranch used to make chile rellenos. In the fall she would gather poblano peppers and char them over an open flame. I was always...

Four Layer Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Where I live, there are beautiful carrots at the farmers’ market year round, and I am always trying to find ways to cook and bake with them. When I was a child, I called carrot...

New York Steak with Shrimp and Honey Ginger Butter

This is my rendition of a Surf and Turf meal. The tender New York Steaks are made even more flavorful because they are basted with garlic butter as they cook. Topping the steaks with shrimp...

Peach Buckle with Homemade Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

I love peaches! My godmother came for a visit on the ranch recently and reminded me about this classic dish. It is such a simple and wonderful way to enjoy summer fruit when it is...

Cheesy Spaghetti Squash

Every January I am in the mood for something light after the very hearty meals of the holidays- but also something cozy and easy to make at home. This Cheesy Spaghetti Squash is the perfect...

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate truffles are so decadent, but what most people don't know is how incredibly easy they are to make. I love to make a couple of batches of these truffles, pack them in pretty tins,...

Sausage, Gruyere, and Mushroom Strata

This strata is a wonderful make-ahead dish for a special, festive breakfast. A strata is a bit like a casserole with distinct layers of bread, vegetables, cheese, and sausage in every slice. Everything is prepared...

Butter Thumbprint Cookies with Jam Filling

During the holidays, I love to make these cookies to give to neighbors. They are buttery and rich with just the right amount of vanilla. Rolling the dough in sugar makes them sparkly and festive,...

Persimmon Chocolate Chip Muffins

  I love the taste of persimmons. I grew up with Fuju and Hachiya persimmon trees outside my house and always look forward to persimmon season. The Fujus are eaten when the fruit is firm,...