Quick Apple Galette

If you are someone who loves the smell of apples baking and the taste of homemade apple pie, here is a very easy recipe for a rustic apple galette. 

Blueberry Breakfast Cake

The blueberries are abundant this time of the year and picking is plentiful at the local orchard. Here is a simple blueberry cake that is good for breakfast or as a snack. Blueberry Breakfast Cake 2 cups fresh blueberries 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt ½ cup unsalted butter, room…

Whole Wheat Flax Seed No-Knead Bread

Another variation of the wonderful no-knead bread. This version uses ground flax seeds and whole wheat flour to create a denser bread with a chewy crust. This recipe also uses the “quicker” version of making no-knead bread which uses warm water and more yeast to create the sponge. Whole Wheat Flax Seed No-Knead Bread 1…

Quick Apple Molasses No-Knead Bread

Here is another variation on the no-knead method of bread baking. This uses the “quicker” method when you do not have 12-18 hours for the sponge to sit. The apples and molasses make a dark bread which is good for a breakfast bread or to use as a snack. Quick Apple Molasses No-Knead Bread 1…

10 Grain Honey Wheat Bread

I love the smell of break baking and it is a great activity for a cold, snowy day. This recipe is unusual in that after the bread rises, you knead in honey. I changed to original to cook the bread in a hot cast-iron pot rather than regular bread pan and it worked great. Give…

Pork Roast and Apples

Boneless pork roasts make a wonderful dinner anytime of the year. Use your favorite marinade to to add extra flavor to the roast. Here is one of my favorite marinades or you can mix a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil, chopped garlic, onion and a little sugar. This recipe includes sliced apples for a…

Apple Brownies

I love the small and taste of any type of baked apple goodies. This is a variation on  apple cake which is thinner like a brownie. If you want a more butterscotch flavor, substitute the two cups of dark brown sugar for the light brown and white sugar. Apple Brownies 1 cup chopped pecans 1…

Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup

Broccoli Cheese Potato Soup 5 1/2 tablespoons butter, divided 1 1/3 cups chopped carrots 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth 3 1/2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes 3 cups chopped broccoli florets 1/4 tsp dried thyme Salt and freshly ground black pepper 6…

Oatmeal Jam Squares

This is an easy recipe for making a quick dessert. Use your favorite jam or jelly for the filling. I had an excess of blackberry jam so that is what I used. Would also be very good with raspberry jam (my favorite!). Oatmeal Jam Squares 1 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour…

Cider Date Nut Quick No Knead Bread

I am enjoying using the quicker version of the wonderful no-knead bread baked in cast iron at high temperature which yields a bakery style crusty bread. The “quicker” version uses more yeast and starts with warm liquid. Here is another version using apple cider for part of the liquid, dried apples, dates and nuts –…

Chili Con Carne (No Beans)

There is nothing like chili on a cold winter night. Here is a version with no beans that is easy to make and will warm a snowy evening. 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (coarse grind) 1/2 cup green peppers, chopped 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 1/2 cup onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 2…

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake

I had an excess of Greek yogurt in the refrigerator so went looking for a coffee cake using yogurt rather than sour cream. This makes a moist cake with a sweet cinnamon center and topping. Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2…

Quick Multi-Grain No Knead Bread

Here is another variation of a quicker version of no-knead bread. This bread uses whole wheat flour, oats and flax seeds to make a chewy bread with a wonderful crusty outside. Quick Multi-Grain No-Knead Bread 1 ⅓ cups warm water 2 ¼ teaspoons granulated yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 1/2 cups all-purpose…

Raspberry Streusel Bars

I look forward to summer when I can pick my own fresh raspberries. Until then, I will take advantage of the California berries that are available in the grocery stores. I have posted several different raspberry bar recipes. Here is another version using jam and fresh raspberries and topped with a steusel topping. Enjoy! Raspberry…

Dutch Crunch Bread (Rolls)

These are as great as they look! I saw this recipe online and and immediately wanted to try the recipe as it reminded me of rolls we got many years ago when living in a different area. In some areas, this is also called “tiger rolls”. The unique crust is formed by coating the balls…

Chewy Cherry Almond Bars

Use your favorite preserves to make a chewy bar full of oats and almonds. Enjoy! Chewy Cherry Almond Bars 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups regular rolled oats 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1 12 ounce jar…

Quick Cranberry-Nut No-Knead Bread

Here is another adaptation of the no-knead bread that is quicker that the traditional method where the dough rises overnight. The “quicker” versions use more yeast and start with warm water for the sponge. The bread is like the traditional bakery bread with a crusty outside and soft, tender interior. Yum! Quick Cranberry-Nut No-Knead  Bread…

Apple Cider Oatmeal Pancakes

The oatmeal adds a rich texture and the cider and cinnamon flavor can’t be beat! The recipe is easy – just mix everything together and drop on a hot griddle. Great for a weekend breakfast when you have a little more time. Enjoy! Apple Cider Oatmeal Pancakes 1 cup flour 1 cup rolled oats 2…

Oven Baked Beef Ragout

Here is a hearty beef stew that is flavorful with herbs and spices. Everything is put in a casserole dish and then bakes in the oven for over two hours. Give it a try for a hearty dinner! Oven Baked Beef Ragout 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1 inch cubes 2 medium…

Spicy Chicken Chili

A hearty white chili that uses Great Northern beans, chicken (I used leftover turkey), some green chilies for spice and some cheese for smoothness. A good option for a cold winter evening… Spicy Chicken Chili 1 pound dry Great Northern beans, rinsed 1 tablespoon cooking oil 2 cups chopped onions 1 4-ounce can diced green…