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Published on May 27th, 2020
Quick, easy . and thoroughly sloppy!
Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite quick meals. They are like a burger with all the fixings, but all mixed together from the get-go. And they are super easy to make. You saut‚ the meat (I like to use ground turkey) along with mustard, ketchup, caramelized onions and a ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on May 13th, 2020
A delightful post-Cinco de Mayo menu
A few weeks ago, one of our Lamorinda Weekly readers wrote to inquire about freezing the chicken enchiladas we featured in our Jan. 18, 2012 issue. I truly loved hearing that someone is still enjoying a recipe that we published eight years ago. But I told her that ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on April 29th, 2020
Try these tangy, spicy sprouts with balsamic-Dijon-shallot reduction
A couple of years ago, we featured a cheesy Brussels sprouts recipe in this column, and for all of you Brussels sprouts lovers out there, here is another recipe, which is tangy, salty and a bit spicy all at the same time. I don't know about you, but once I became a ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on April 1st, 2020
A hearty appetizer for the home-bound
Even though making your own cheese at home sounds a bit daunting, this ricotta recipe is super easy and really fun to do. This cheese is delicious as an appetizer, but also works great in the filling for homemade lasagna. It takes about 20 minutes or so to heat the ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on March 18th, 2020
Tasty cake evokes all the lovely freshness of spring
I was looking for a fun Easter dessert, when I scrolled across a lovely green cake on Pinterest! I know we just passed St. Patty's Day and we've done our fair share of green lately, but this is a lovely pastel spring green, which comes from the pistachio pudding used ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on March 4th, 2020
Colorful and tangy twist on traditional coleslaw
This is a fun twist on the traditional sweet and tangy coleslaw, using yogurt-blue cheese dressing instead of the more typical mayonnaise-based dressing. Not only is this slaw colorful, but delicious and pairs so well with tacos, burgers, spicy wings or barbecue. The ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on February 19th, 2020
Warm up this winter with pur‚ed poblano soup
There is a small correction for last week's recipe. Thanks to a tip from one of our readers, I learned that I had inadvertently typed "unsweetened" butter in the list of cake ingredients for the Rocky Road Cake. My sincere apologies for the oversight, especially since ...By Susie Iventosch



Rocky Road Cake, a dense and delicious dessert
If you love s'mores or rocky road ice cream, you will love this dessert! Even though it's called "cake" it is really more dense like a brownie. The cake batter, made with miniature marshmallows and pecans, has all the wonderful flavors found in the ice cream. In fact, ...By Susie Iventosch



Simple Super Bowl sliders make the grade
We visited some good friends in Arizona over the holidays, and upon our arrival, their entire family was on hand to greet us. This was especially fun, because two of our adult kids were with us, too, and they had all known each other since they were very young. Of ...By Susie Iventosch



Super savory side dish or Super Bowl appetizer
This dish is simple and oh so delicious! It makes a wonderful side dish or a light meal, but can also be used as a topping for chicken or steak. I love it best served with grilled rustic Italian bread and if you want to use it as an appetizer, just serve it along with ...By Susie Iventosch



Andy's jam thumbprint cookies a perfect holiday treat
I received this beautiful photo of Andy Scheck's jam thumbprint cookies the other day. That got me thinking . I can always use a great new cookie recipe! Not only are these visually pleasing cookies, but they are delicious too. I asked Andy if he had a good background ...By Susie Iventosch



Soft and chewy chocolate cookies a perfect holiday treat
Whether you are planning a Hanukkah celebration, a treat to leave for Santa Claus, or a cookie exchange this holiday season, your crowd will love these chewy, crinkly, dark chocolate cookies! The first time I ever had them I was in second or third grade. It was my turn ...By Susie Iventosch



Make an impact at Thanksgiving with Jalapeno-Lime Cranberry Sauce
Since you still have a day or two before Thanksgiving, there's plenty of time to make homemade cranberry sauce. Cranberries are readily available in the produce section of your favorite markets this time of year, and this recipe is a breeze to make! We love to barbecue ...By Susie Iventosch



Sweet and savory side dish perfect for Thanksgiving
If you're looking for a delicious new way to serve yams with your Thanksgiving feast this year, we've got you covered. Sweet fig jam and savory Kalamata olives combine with the salty blue cheese to make a mouth-watering side dish. It was all my son's idea, and I have ...By Susie Iventosch



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