condiments, family favorites, old favorites, recipes, sides

Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish

My first cook book was the Craig Claiborne classic, The New York Times Cook Book. My now ancient, paperclip bookmarks tell the story of why I bought it. Thanksgiving. Bookmarked are "Turkey," "Basic Bread Crumb Stuffing," "Mashed Potatoes," and "Cranberry Relish." I have referenced the last one each year that I've made Thanksgiving dinner. This version uses… Continue reading Dad’s Holiday Cranberry Relish

recipes, sides, vegetables

Easy Southern Green Beans

A friend, Betty Lou M., who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, says she has made this recipe ever since before she was a young bride 60+ years ago. These beans are very easy and mighty good, a great side for any occasion. We think they would probably be even better with fresh, local green beans, but we've been too lazy to try this. We're pretty sure these beans are close to the ones at Cracker Barrel.

cake, recipes, tips

Learn to make cake

My recent coffee crunch cake and chocolate cakes experiments, having turned out so well, makes me want to try more! But before I do, I'm thinking about enrolling in this cake-baking course from America's Test Kitchen...one of Dad's Helpers :). Here's the infomercial.... [viddler id=a217991f w=545 h=307]

Coffee Crunch Cake
desserts, family favorites, old favorites, recipes, special occasions

Coffee Crunch Cake

Coffee Crunch Cake is the Queen's absolute favorite birthday treat. Picking one up at Stickney's restaurant in Palo Alto (sadly, now gone) was part of the drill for her big day each year. This year, Dad (not much of a baker), is finally making one from scratch to help us celebrate, although now far from California.… Continue reading Coffee Crunch Cake