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Duck confit with caramelized shallot sauce a superb winter dish
During college, I spent a summer session at the Sorbonne in Paris and fell in love with France, the French and especially French cuisine. On the rare occasion that my best friend and I could afford such a meal on our slender student budgets, (we normally grabbed a ...By Susie Iventosch

Sweet puffy, and pink melt-in-your-mouth Valentine's Day treats
When I was a young girl, I used to love to cook with my grandmother in her vintage '60s Orinda kitchen. One day when I was visiting her from my home state of Michigan, we made these amazing meringue cookies with mint chocolate chips. She called them "forgotten" ...By Susie Iventosch

Stuffed poblano peppers pack a flavorful punch
A few years ago, while I was conducting the arduous task of roasting and peeling poblano peppers to stuff and bake, I had an epiphany. Despite placing the roasted peppers in a paper bag to loosen the skins, it is always so difficult to remove all of the skin without ...By Susie Iventosch

Set the table with stuffed mushrooms as side dish or appetizer
Back in October when we featured the fig-shallot jam, I mentioned my son's stuffed mushrooms and now it's time to feature them! This recipe calls for a small quantity of a long list of items, because we are trying to replicate a random barbecue seasoning that he ...By Susie Iventosch

Homemade Hot Buttered Rums
(Makes approximate 6-8 small drinks)

By Susie Iventosch

Squash-Pumpkin Bread recipe redo
Sometimes there are mix-ups in communication and we had a few with this recipe in the last issue. If you thought it was a lot of pepitas and nutmeg for one loaf of bread, you were right! But, because this bread is so yummy, I wanted to run it again, but with the ...By Susie Iventosch

Pumpkin-Squash Breakfast Bread
(Makes one 9 x 6 loaf of bread)

By Susie Iventosch

A perfect pumpkin bread to serve holiday house guests
Recently, I made pumpkin bread using canned pumpkin, which turned out to be more like pumpkin cake (with caramel glaze) and realized that I wanted more substance to my bread. A quick online search produced the Macrina Bakery Squash Harvest Loaf recipe. Macrina supplies ...By Susie Iventosch

Celine's Notes:
A savory and sweet version of this dish can be made. Ingredient substitutions for the sweet version are noted in the ingredient list. This dish can be made ahead of time, ...
By Susie Iventosch

(Full recipe serves 12 as a side dish. Half recipe serves 6)

Celine's Notes:
By Susie Iventosch

Two savory and sweet dishes just in time for the holidays
We didn't have enough room to include these two wonderful recipes from Celine Sherwood in our last issue, but they are really delicious and would make great side dishes for the holidays. I made the savory and sweet version of the Smashed Carrots, and absolutely loved ...By Susie Iventosch

Digging Deep with Cynthia Brian
"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul." - Henry Ward Beecher
As I was admiring the crimson leaves fluttering to the ground from the liquid amber tree, I was ...
By Cynthia Brian

Local child chefs land a winning title in Moraga Pear Recipe Contest
The 20th annual Moraga Pear & Wine Festival was held on Sept. 22, celebrating Moraga's pear history and offering plenty of fun for families including a pie-eating contest, music, wine tasting, face painting and inflatable bouncy houses. But, the activity that is always ...By Susie Iventosch

Give thanks for Brussels sprouts!
Here is a great veggie dish to serve alongside your Thanksgiving turkey this year. I used to really, really dislike Brussels sprouts. I don't think my mom ever made us eat them, but if she had, I'm pretty sure they would have been stuffed in my pockets before getting ...By Susie Iventosch

Cinnamon Apple Raisin Bread Pudding with Caramel Glaze
1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cut into 1-inch cubes and slightly toasted (approximately 6 cups)
By Susie Iventosch

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