Pasta with Bacon, Walnuts and Blue Cheese

I went to watch my friend Gail dance in a ballroom dancing competition, and I’ve finally come to terms with the idea that my secret dreams of going on So, You Think You Can Dance and making Mary Murphy stand up and cry are over.  I can’t even walk in heels anymore, much less dance […]

Peanut Butter Krispie Bars

These are truly the Jedi-knights of dessert — they have every part of every dessert you’ve ever loved.  You sincerely have to make these . . . now! Crispy Crust Layer 1 3/4 cup rice krispies 3 T. light corn syrup 3  T. unsalted butter, melted nonstick cooking spray 1/4 c. sugar Milk Chocolate Peanut […]

Mom’s White Fruitcake

Christmas isn’t Christmas without our mom’s fruitcake.  You either love it or hate it, but you know the holiday season has begun when she starts looking for her recipe!! 1/4 lb. chopped candied citron 1/4 lb. chopped candied orange peel 1/4 lb. chopped candied lemon peel 1/4 lb. chopped red cherries 5/8 lb. chopped candied […]

Almond Crescents

1 cup shortening (half butter) 1/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. ground almonds 1 2/3 c. flour 1/4 t. salt 1 c. powdered sugar 1 t. cinnamon Thoroughly blend the shortening/butter, sugar and ground almonds.  Sift the flour and salt together and then work the dry mixture in to the sugar mixture. Roll dough with hands […]

Pastel de Azteca

I think this is a vintage 70’s recipe — my mother’s Aunt Allie’s recipe. Think of it as a type of Mexican lasagne.  At the time, it was quite the treat, creamy, chickeny, sort of enchilada-like. I added some onion and garlic for flavor, and just because.  I think my mom is craving those recipes […]

Mom’s Divinity

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Mom’s cookie platter at the end of dinner:  sugar cookies, walnut snowballs, white fruitcake, apricot bars, almond crescents, toffee and divinity — pink (my favorite) and white. Divinity is like eating a tablespoon of sugar — but you have to have a couple of those at Christmas. I think it’s out […]

Carrots Glazed with Balsamic Vinegar and Butter

10 servings 1 stick butter 3 1/2 lbs peeled baby carrots or regular carrots, peeled, cut into 2″ pieces, halved lengthwise 6 T. sugar 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 1/4 c. chopped fresh chives Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add carrots and saute 5 minutes.  Cover and cook until carrots are crsip-tender, […]