Texas Sheet Cake

Cake 2 sticks butter 1 c. water 4 T. cocoa Combine in a medium saucepan and heat slowly until boiling, stirring occasionally. 2 c. flour 2 c. sugar ½ t. salt 1 t. baking soda Stir dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add chocolate mixture, and stir well. ½ c. buttermilk or sour cream […]

Balsamic Strawberries with Mascarpone

1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 2 t. + 4 T. sugar ½ t. lemon juice ½ c. mascarpone cheese, chilled ½ c. heavy whipping cream ½ t. vanilla extract 2 pts. Strawberries, hulled Combine vinegar, 2 t. sugar and lemon juice in heavy small saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Boil until syrup is […]

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cookies

  Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies — except for me. They just always seemed like they were lacking in something. I dutifully made scores of dozens over the years, and finally realized I wanted a chocolate chip cookie that even I could love; one with dough that could stand proud next to the chocolate chips. […]

Old Fashioned Fresh Fruit Crisp

6 cups fresh seasonal fruits (peaches, blackberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries, apples, pears) 1 ½ cups dark-brown sugar 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant) 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tsp kosher salt 1 ½ sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut in bits Garnish with whipped cream or Vanilla Ice […]