Brownies are one the the great delights of life.  The thing that diets are broken over.  There are as many varieties of brownies as there are cookies, but everyone has their favorite.  Thin and chewy or thick and cakey; frosting or not, layers and add ins.   But, this one-bowl recipe is cake like and yummy.  A great all around classic one bowl brownie scratch recipe. One-Bowl Scratch Brownies 2 squares unsweetened chocolate squares* 6 tbsp butter 1 C butter 2 eggs 1/4 C milk 1/2 tsp vanilla 3/4 C flour 1/2 C chopped nuts (optional) The first step to make these delicious one-bowlRead More →

When making a really good cake from scratch, ingredients and a great recipe are the key.  Once you have those two things, you can fancy up the cake to make them look wonderful.  But taste and texture are what really matters.  This simple white cake is really easy and lower fat.  It has great flavor and texture or “crumb”.  The only complicated part for an inexperienced baker may be separating the eggs.  But that is easy to conquer if you just take one egg at a time* and don’t separate over your batter!  The nice part about this cake recipe is that you really justRead More →

Oatmeal Cookies 1 1/2 C Flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 C brown sugar 1/2 C butter 1/2 C shortening 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 1/2 C rolled oats – old fashioned 3/4 C coconut Optional: 6 oz.  pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips (1cup) Preheat oven to 350 F First step in making chewy oatmeal cooking is to add butter, shortening and sugars to your mixer and cream together until light and fluffy.  This usually takes about 3-4 minutes to cut the  sugar into the fat and incorporate air. Stop a couple of times and scrape the sides of theRead More →

There is a lot of great information about sourdough starters on the internet.  I have found that there are two basic types.  Those started with Yeast and those started without yeast. However, the concept is the same; create a culture or fermentation with friendly bacteria (lactobacilli), present in our natural environment; and the wild yeast attracted to and living on flour, begin to work with one another when flour is mixed with warm water in your bowl or crock and that is what gives your end product the “sour” deliciousness.  You can even buy a sourdough “starter” powder to add to a mixture of flourRead More →

Every great sauce like the Italian sausage marinara, stock or soup begins with the “Trinity” or some variation of it.  The trinity or Holy trinity as some call it or in French cooking the Mirepoix – pronounced the “meer-pwah” is a combination of equal parts of onion, celery and either green pepper (trinity) or carrot (mirepoix).  Click here for more information. “Holy Trinity is the first step in the Italian sausage marinara sauce.” Italian Sausage Marinara 1 onion diced 1 green pepper diced 2 stalks celery diced 1 tsp salt 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 1 lb mild or hot Italian sausage 1/2 C water + 1 tspRead More →

  Raisin Bread 1 1/8 C milk 3 C bread flour 1 tsp salt 2 Tbsp butter 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1/2 raisins 2 tsp ground cinnamon 4 tsp active dry yeast The first step is to place all ingredients for this raisin cinnamon bread in the pan for  your bread maker in order listed.  Select the dough setting.  This should take about 1 hour and 40 minutes.  After the dough cycle ends, remove the dough, punch down (remove the air from the dough on a floured surface) and put in your lightly greased loaf pan.  Let rise until bread rises 1″ above the levelRead More →

    Delicious White Bread 9/16 C Water 9/16 C milk  (I use skim) 3 C bread flour 1 tsp salt 1 Tbsp sugar 1 Tbsp butter 4 tsp active dry yeast To start the delicious white bread, combine all ingredients in order in the bread maker vessel. (Make sure the paddle that mixes the dough is in the bottom).  Next, set the machine to the dough setting.  This is usually about one hour and 40 minutes.  If you are not using a bread machine combine all ingredients in a mixer with a dough hook and mix for 5 minutes.  Let rest for 10 minutesRead More →

Welcome to my Blog!  I am excited to share my loving of cooking great food from my kitchen to yours.  Home cooking almost always tastes better than what you can buy from a mix or box with better quality ingredients.  I try to eat and cook healthy, but as Julia Child says “Fat Gives Things Flavor”.  I started a hand written book of recipes, when I was 13.  My mom gave me a “Nothing Book” and said “make something of it”. I eagerly filled it with every recipe I could find cutting and taping clips from magazines.  Over the years I have taken many ofRead More →