My Grandmother’s Date Bars


3 cups dates

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup walnuts chopped- optional

1 3/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cup old-fashioned oatmeal

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 t baking soda

1 t cinnamon

1/2 t nutmeg

1/8 t cloves

1/2 t salt


Oven 350º  8×8 buttered baking panned

Mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, baking soda,spices, and salt in medium bowl and set aside.

Add dates,water, and sugar over medium heat. Stirring constantly until mixture thick and begins to bubble. Cool and add walnuts if desired.

Gradually using fingers blend in the butter until all the ingredients are totally combined.

Place half of crumb mixture on bottom of pan and press until firm. Pour  in date mixture and spread. Sprinkle remaining crumble mixture and press down gently.

Bake 40-45 minutes for 8×8 pan and 25-30 minutes in 13×9.  Cool, run knife around edges of pan and then cut into bars.





Lemon Curd Jelly Roll with Raspberry Coulis


A cake filled with a tart lemon filling, blanketed in whipped cream. Fresh berries compliment the flavor of the cake and curd.



1 cup cake flour sifted

1 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

3 eggs large

1/3 cup water

1 t lemon extract


3 eggs

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice

Zest of 2 lemons

pinch of salt

6 T butter cold and diced

Raspberry Coulis

3 cups fresh raspberries

1/4 cup water

6-7 T sugar

Pinch of salt

1 t lemon juice*

* I use a blade zester and do not strain curd.

Whipped Cream

4 ounces of heavy cream

1/8 C of confectioners sugar


Oven 375° Line 15 by 10 1/2 by 1 inch with parchment paper buttered. I also spray the pan with Pam before I add the parchment paper. After baking place on parchment  paper covered with sifted confectioners sugar.


Sift flour,baking powder, and salt in bowl three times and set aside.

Beat eggs with electric mixer at high speed until thick and creamy. The egg mixture will fall off in ribbons when you lift the beater. Reduce speed to low and slowly beat in sugar. Add in water and lemon extract and continue blending.

Slowly add in dry ingredients in three batches until batter smooth. Pour into prepared pan and spread to corners. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until cake tester inserted into cake comes out clean.

Loosed edges and turn upside down on parchment paper and carefully remove paper. Trim edges and roll starting at short end. Cool on wire rack.


Whisk eggs, sugar, zest, and salt in heavy sauce pan until light in color. Place pan over medium heat and add lemon juice and butter. Stir constantly with spatula until thick and begins to bubble. Pour into bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cool before spreading on roll.


Heat water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add berries and salt and cook for 1 minute. Pour into food processor and purée.  Strain through fine mesh screen using spatula to force as much purée as possible through mesh in a lidded container add lemon juice. Refrigerate until serving. Lasts refrigerated about 3 days.


Unroll and spread with lemon curd. Roll up and dust with confectioners sugar or more decadent frost in whipped cream. Slice and serve with raspberry coulis and fresh berries.


My Mom always used waxed paper instead of parchment paper. She always had good results and the cake always was delicious.

I let the cake cool for about 5 minutes before removing the parchment paper.

During berry season we slice the cake add whipped cream made with raspberry coulis and add a generous serving of fresh raspberries and black berries.

My daughters version of the cake.

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Almond Crusted Dover Sole Recipe


8 Dover Sole filets

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup panko

1/2 cup almonds chopped

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese shredded

2 t thyme

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper

4 T olive oil

2 T butter

Lemon slices


Oven warmed to 170 and shut off prior to frying sole.

Add 1 T water to beaten egg and set aside. Chop the almonds to small chunks in mini-food processor. Add chopped almonds, panko, Parmesan, thyme, salt, and pepper in large rimmed dish and combine.

Dip sole in egg wash and then in panko almond mix. Firmly pat mix to fish and place on wire rack.

Heat 2 T olive oil and 1 T butter on medium high heat in large skillet. When hot add 4 fillets and cook about about 2 minutes per side. Remove to serving platter and place in pre- warmed oven. Wipe skillet with paper towel then add remaining olive oil and butter, bring up to heat. Add 4 pieces of sole, cook about  2 minutes per side. Remove to platter and serve with lemon slices.

Note: Sole filets can be very small so I serve 2 per person. A hot skillet prevents the breading from absorbing oil during frying stage

Serves 4


Chunky Egg Olive Salad Sandwiches


8 eggs hard boiled

1/2 cup mayonaise

1 T Dijon mustard

1/4 cup green salad olives chopped

1 celery stalk diced

1/4 t fresh ground pepper

2 T chives chopped

8 slices whole wheat or sour dough bread

4 large Romain lettuce leaves halved


In small bowl fork chop eggs. Add mayonaise and mustard and combine. Add olives, celery, pepper and mix.  Refrigerate for couple of hours or over night for ingredients to meld. Add chives and mix before serving. Makes 4 sandwiches.

Note: I have spiced it up by adding a few drops of hot pepper sauce occasionally.


Juicy Chicken Mushroom Mozzarella Burgers


1 1/2 pound ground chicken breast

1/2 pound Cremini mushrooms sliced

1/2 pound shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 t thyme

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper

3 T olive oil


Heat 1 T olive oil over medium high heat. Add mushrooms and toss to coat then cook until moisture is evaporated. Remove from heat, cool, and fine chop.

Add ground chicken, chopped mushrooms, shredded mozzarella, thyme, salt, and pepper and  combine. Divide mixture into 4 piles and shape into patties.

Heat 2 T olive oil in non-stick large skillet over medium heat and fry patties  5- 7 minutes per side until thoroughly cooked.

Serve on large buns topped with mayonaise, slices of avacado, and lettuce.



Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins


2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 dark brown sugar

2 t baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

3 t cinnamon*

1 t ginger

1/2 t cloves

1/2 t mace

1/2 t salt

1 15 ounce can Libby’s® Organic Pumpkin

1/2 cup butter melted

2 eggs

1/4 sour cream

1 t vanilla

1-1 1/2  cup cranberries or Crasins®

1/4 sugar

2 T cinnamon


Oven 380º   12 well muffin pan 15″ by 11″ 1 cup size. Use 12 standard size baking cups. Spray with PAM® Baking  and place in wells.

Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, mace,cloves, and salt in bowl and set aside. Mix sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

Beat melted butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs. Add pumpkin, sour cream, and vanilla and mix until well blended.

Add flour mixture in thirds. Add  cranberries with the last third of flour and mix. Divide the dough between the 12 muffin cups.They will be very full if you use 1 1/2 cup cranberries. The children like alot of cranberries.  Dust tops with cinnamon sugar.

Bake about 25 minutes or until cake tester(or tooth pick) comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes and remove to wire rack.*


1.Can replace spices with Holiday Spice Blend Holiday Spice Blend

2.I have used dried and fresh cranberries chopped in this recipe. The muffins made with fresh cranberries have a nice tart taste but their shelf life is only a couple days. However they can be frozen and then microwave and eat.

Alaska Smoked Salmon Dip


1 cup of smoked salmon* skin removed and chunked

8 ounces cream cheese softened

6  ounces of sour cream

2 T mayonaise

1 t lemon juice

2 T shallots  fine chop

1 T capers

1/2 t Tabasco®

Fresh ground pepper


Combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonaise, lemon juice, and Tabasco®. Add salmon, shallots, and capers  and mix until combined.  Season and serve with baguettes or rosemary crackers.

* I like Sockeye smoked traditional or peppered. 

Meatloaf Recipe

An easy to make meatloaf that is delicious as an entre and leftovers make a tasty sandwich.


1 1/2 pound 85% hamburger

1 large onion medium chop

2 garlic cloves minced

2 T olive oil

3 slices bread crusts removed

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup beef broth

2 eggs

1 T Worcestershire Sauce

2 t garlic salt

1/2 t pepper

3/4 cup barbecue sauce or ketchup


Oven 350º F  Parchment paper covered baking dish

Cut off bread crusts and soak in milk beef broth mixture.

In skillet add olive oil over medium low heat, add garlic and onions. Cook until translucent  about 7-8 minutes; remove from heat and cool.

Combine in mixing bowl ground beef, bread mixture, onion mixture, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, pepper, and eggs. Mix ingredients together with hands until incorporated. Transfer to baking dish and form into loaf. Cover with sauce of choice.

Bake 50-60 minutes or until reaching an internal temperature of 160º  using a quick reading thermometer.

Serve hot with smashed potatoes.





Old Fashioned Snickerdoodle Cookies


1 cup Crisco® or butter unsalted softened

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 t cream of tartar

1 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

1 1/2 t cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

2 T cinnamon


Oven 400º  Parchment covered cookie sheets

Mix flour, cream of tartar,baking soda, and salt in small bowl and set aside.

Mix sugar and cinnamon  and set aside

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, add eggs beating until blended. Add flour mixture in thirds and mix until blended. Chill dough 30-45 minutes. Use small cookie scoop to get uniform shaped cookies. Hand roll them onto balls and roll into sugar cinnamon mixture. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. You want them to puff up and then flatten out with crinkles and then remove from oven. Do not  over bake. Cool and place on wire rack.

Note: Butter will yield a flatter cookie and Crisco® will be rounder. Crisco ® has a higher melting point so the flour and eggs have time to set up.The original cookie recipe did not contain cinnamon in the batter. The original recipe used shortening instead of butter.


Popcorn Balls


6 quarts popcorn popped and cool on large parchment paper covered cookie sheet.

1 cup Karo® Light syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup butter

1 t vanilla


Candy thermometer ideal

Add syrup, sugar, and salt in heavy sauce pan and combine. Cook until it reaches soft ball stage* or 235 to 240º. Remove and add butter and vanilla stir and then add to popcorn and toss to evenly coat. When cool enough to handle roll into popcorn balls.

*Softball stage description:At this temperature, sugar syrup dropped into cold water will form a soft, flexible ball. If you remove the ball from water, it will flatten like a pancake after a few moments in your hand.

Note: Can add nuts or cinnamon candies when tossing syrup into popcorn.