OK, this recipe is the most decadent, delicious and delightful dessert recipe you're likely to find here on DRB. The Queen (it's all her fault) brought this recipe home from someone who brought these little devils to a church potluck. You may know those church potluck cooks...they feel no guilt making their most delectable, diet-wrecking,… Continue reading Pecan Bar Thingies
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
A great, inexpensive dish for one or a whole crowd. Makes a side dish or main course. Can be varied indefinitely. Keys: Let the potatoes cook a long time without burning. Blackened edges are ideal and add flavor! Buy a bag of good quality, small red potatoes (1-1.5 inches diameter). My store sells a 1.5… Continue reading Dad’s Roasted Red Potatoes
Cheap meat, great taste. It's what braising is all about. I like the whole idea of taking a cheap cut of beef and making it taste fantastic. And braising brings bonuses like you get your vegetables and sauce/gravy at the same time.
The Queen Mum (this would be Dad's mother-in-law) has a great recipe for potato salad that has been a family favorite for decades. She can't recall where the original came from, and has "modified" whatever the original was, but she can't quite recall how. This is no doubt the story of most "old family recipes."… Continue reading Mom’s Potato Salad
Two of the kids' aunts both sent us home-made granola for Christmas a few years ago. Both versions were really good (how diplomatic) and opened our eyes to a better - and cheaper - way to do breakfast. Since then, we've settled in on the recipe here as our favorite. All natural ingredients available inexpensively… Continue reading Dad’s Granola
Summer means sangria and gazpacho and rhubarb at our house...and ice cream and burgers and sweet corn, and wow, what a great season! For sangria, slice in half an orange, a lemon, and a lime. Squeeze them dry into a large pitcher. Add 1/2 cup sugar, a BAY LEAF (yes, bay leaf...or two), a bottle… Continue reading Sangria!
Mom gave me a great cookbook for Christmas some years ago that was full of the "Best Recipes of 1999," according to someone. About the only thing I've made more than once is a chili recipe, although I've played with it to the point where it's now another "standard fare" item in the Recipe Box. You, too,… Continue reading Cookoff Chili!
The best thing about banana bread may be what a great way it is to use up over-ripe bananas. Try this recipe even if you don't have that problem.
If you're gonna eat tortilla chips, at least eat brands made with all natural ingredients. And for something healthy to dip them in, try this "adjustable" hummus. Adjustable because you can have it as hot or as boringly bland as you want.