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Yum!

It got eaten so fast, only the glasses remained! My newly created recipe for rice pudding is so easy and so delicious, it was over before I could get the camera out. I wanted to make a comfort dessert to … Continue reading

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Turkey with Applesauce?

We’re so programmed to pair turkey with cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving celebrations, I wonder how many have considered applesauce as a side instead? Yes, I know cranberry sauce is pretty tasty, especially if it’s homemade, and that the apples may … Continue reading

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Turkey Ordered?

Pop’s Thanksgiving Turkey As far back as I can remember, Pop was in charge of the Thanksgiving turkey, long before the bird came anywhere near the oven. He took this responsibility seriously starting with the purchase of the bird honored … Continue reading

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The Brown Derby Revisited

I’ve been enchanted with the Brown Derby ever since I was 16 and went to visit a friend of mine in Anaheim, California. We were old enough to drive, so with her father’s permission to use the family car, we … Continue reading

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Thousand Kernel Corn Chowder

As summer wraps up, the kids are back in school, but you’ll still find bushels of corn piled high at Safeway! It’s been a great crop this year, and one of the tastiest soups in season can be corn chowder. … Continue reading

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The Most Magnificent Plums

Their season is short, their taste imbeds in your memory forever! Developed by Massachusetts transplant and world renown botanist, Luther Burbank, the Santa Rosa Plum is perhaps the most aromatic of all the plums on the market. It’s delicious to … Continue reading

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Spunky Spoonburgers

It’s been so hot in Sonoma that even grilling on the barbeque seems like too much work. At this point I vote for some of Marilyn Morton’s Spoonburgers- quick, easy with the aura of a real burger if you broil … Continue reading

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There’s Nothing Like a Faberge!

Get ready to go breathless! One look at these gorgeous eggs and other objets d’art from the house of Faberge and you’ll gasp. At least check out the exhibit, physically located in Montreal, Canada in the Museum of Fine Arts: … Continue reading

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Macaroni Mirabel, the Perfect Match to Memorial Day

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend by cooking ahead or cooking big. In the 1930’s the first wave of post-revolutionary Russians living in San Francisco chose the Russian River area for recreation and relaxation. Most did not have a nickle to … Continue reading

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When a Burger’s Not a Burger…

For the last couple of weeks we had the barbeque going and enjoyed classic American burgers and traditional Serbian sausages. This week we’re back indoors and to my Russian roots with Kotleti. Barbequing is not something Russians do a lot … Continue reading

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