Three layer Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

Who doesn’t like a chocolate cake? It is one of our favorites. Over the years, I have found that cake recipes that call for vegetable/canola oil or sour cream tend to be more moist and last longer than those without either of those ingredients. This cake recipe tends to be a bit messy during preparationContinue reading “Three layer Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting”

Braised Short Ribs

This is a wonderful main dish to serve at a dinner party because most of the prep happens well before the gathering. Short Ribs tend to be on the fattier side, but do try to get the leanest ones possible. For this particular meal, I doubled the recipe as I was hosting a dinner partyContinue reading “Braised Short Ribs”

Blackfin Tuna

Our neighbor recently gave us some lovely Blackfin Tuna that they caught. They were very generous in how much they shared with us so I was able to make Tuna Salad and Grilled some filets for dinner. Tuna Salad1/2 lb. fresh tuna3-4 ounces sweet pickle relish or cubes1/8 cup finely chopped onions1/8 cup finely choppedContinue reading “Blackfin Tuna”

Helpful Kitchen tips I have learned over the years

This is a page that I will continue to update as I find things worthy of sharing. These are simply things that I have found to work (or avoid) around the kitchen. I hope you find them helpful. Cutting Boards – I have a variety of “boards” in my kitchen cabinets for a variety ofContinue reading “Helpful Kitchen tips I have learned over the years”

Comfort Food Dinner Party

My husband and I hosted a small dinner party last night for visiting houseguests. They really enjoy down home comfort food so Pot Roast was definitely in order to be served with mashed potatoes and peas. Tomatoes drizzled with balsamic glaze were added for a little freshness and a sliced crusty baguette was also offered.Continue reading “Comfort Food Dinner Party”

Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

My husband prefers to eat a salad most days for lunch. I try to plan for slightly different variations each day. This one is comprised of romaine lettuce, chopped green bes ll pepper, sweet onion, carrot and mushrooms. Quartered and sliced tomatoes make for a pretty “frame” for the salad. For the beef, I usedContinue reading “Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette”

What a lovely Fall day in the garden!

This is what is left of my Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum) blooms for the season. I am not sure why the blooms are triple and double – perhaps they’re just putting out a final big effort. It is tempting to cut off the spent flower heads, however, I try to leave them be asContinue reading “What a lovely Fall day in the garden!”