Wedding Cake

Well, hello.  It’s been a while, I know, but just wait, I have some great new recipes for you.  I can hardly believe that I got married a year ago this May, but between work, teaching, and finishing up coursework for my MFA, time has been flying by.  In honor of our anniversary, I want […]

Sour Cherry Pickin’ Los Angeles Style

Sometimes life is like a bowl of sour cherries… but I’m not complaining! Yes you heard me right, sour (tart) cherries are now ripe and ready for picking in the Leona Valley (just North of Los Angeles, CA near Palmdale).  SOUR cherries?? you’re probably thinking, why would I want those?  Because, let me tell you […]

Soft Pretzels for Breakfast, Lunch, and Midnight Snack

Yes, indeed. In Bavaria soft pretzels are often eaten for breakfast – with sausage, beer and, of course, mustard. Here, we’ve been eating them as a midnight snack (mostly because they’re irresistible right out of the oven, and I’ve been starting them way too late in the day); then eating them again for breakfast, minus […]

Kona Inn Banana Bread

I can’t tell you much about the Kona Inn, but if you’re craving some delicious banana bread I promise this recipe will bring you satisfaction. When Stepmother left me and my sister as young adults she knew we would be left craving some of the fine baked goodies we were brought up on so she […]

Michele’s Famous Chocolate Cheesecake

It finally happened. I turned 30. And the best part is, it didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I celebrated like I’ve not celebrated a birthday in many years, with multiple nights of revelry, shameless hints about presents, and to top it all off, a formal dinner party for 15 at our house on […]