Category Archives: Recipes

Dad’s Spice Rub

dad's spice rub

There was no shortage of Father’s Day gift ideas this year, but in the end, I still opted to go the homemade route for my father’s gift. I mixed up a batch of one of his favorite spice rubs, all packed up in a convenient shaker and ready to go to the grill. It’s a pretty versatile combination of salt, pepper and spices, including cumin, ... Read More »

Low Fat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

fresh from the oven

  Cookies are not exactly health food, especially not if they’re really good cookies, as it is the combination of butter and sugar (and sometimes chocolate) that usually makes a cookie great. Cookies are supposed to be indulgent and, like most indulgent things, the low fat, low cal or otherwise “healthy” versions tend not to live up to the original. But this isn’t true of ... Read More »

Strawberry Buttermilk Shortcakes

Strawberry Shortcake

 Strawberry shortcakes are one of the quintessential summer desserts, largely because fresh strawberries are so incredibly tempting when they are at their peak. The desserts also require minimal prep work, which is nice on a hot day. Taking “minimal prep work” to an extreme, you can even by pre-made “shortcakes” at the grocery store these days, meaning that a bottle of whipped cream and a ... Read More »

Pumpkin and Red Bean Curry

pumpkin curry and naan

Every once in a while, believe it or not, I end up making something that (a) doesn’t require an oven and (b) isn’t a breakfast/dessert item. I certainly wouldn’t mind if everything I cooked fell into one of those two categories, but there are so many other foods out there worth eating that it is a shame to pass on them. Besides, most of them ... Read More »

Carrot, Apple and Honey Muffins

carrot muffins

In contrast to the relative indulgent Black Bottom Cupcakes that show up on so many cafe menus in the morning (and bake sale tables in the afternoon!), these Carrot, Apple and Honey Muffins seem to be even more virtuous than they actually are. And they are pretty good for you – as well as pretty darn tasty. The muffins are moist, tender and relatively low ... Read More »

Black Bottom Cupcakes

black bottom cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes are definitely a dessert in my book, but I must be the only one who thinks that way, as just about every coffee shop and bakery that stocks them (including Starbucks) puts these out for breakfast. They are moist chocolate cakes with cheesecake-like centers, rich and decadent – especially if you are eating them in the morning. The cupcakes are tricky to ... Read More »

Blackberry Cobbler

cobbler, served

Sometimes I think of cobbler as pie for lazy people, as it delivers all the delicious flavor of a well-made fruit pie without requiring you to go to any of the trouble of making a full pie crust. Or at least, I tend to make them when I want something homey without the effort of doing a full pie from scratch. They’re definitely a favorite summer ... Read More »

Rocky Road Bars

Chocolate, nuts and marshmallows are the only things you really need to put together a delicious rocky road – and I really have a soft spot for a good rocky road. My favorite rocky roads are ones that are simply loaded up with marshmallows.  Others prefer ones that are heavy on the nuts. And just about everyone wants plenty of chocolate in the mix. There aren’t too many ... Read More »

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