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Andy's Cherry Quark Cake
Cake Crust

By Susie Iventosch

The essential ingredient for European baking: Quark
In January 2013, we featured Andy Scheck's Apple Quark Cake in this column. Andy is the publisher of the Lamorinda Weekly and among his many talents he's an excellent cook! He has a collection of recipes that he learned from his mom, Anneliese, and occasionally, he ...By Susie Iventosch

Make your own memories with Bittersweet Brownie Pudding
A few weeks ago, my sister called to see if I had our mom's brownie pudding recipe. She wanted to surprise our parents with this old family favorite, but my recipe file was not with me that day. Actually, I had completely forgotten about brownie pudding, which was one ...By Susie Iventosch

Whole Cauliflower Roasted and Stuffed

1 whole head of cauliflower, white, orange or purple
By Susie Iventosch

A cheesy twist for cauliflower
I was looking for a new and interesting way to serve cauliflower and came across a recipe on the Food Network that looked amazing! It called for stuffing the cauliflower with a cheesy mixture and then coating it with a panko crust before baking. I've now seen this done ...By Susie Iventosch

Seafood salad offers light alternative for warm summer nights
This salad has a lot going on and is very colorful, too. With papaya, mango, avocado, Napa cabbage, cilantro, coconut shrimp and seared ahi, it has a rainbow of delicious colors. It's big enough for a main course, yet light for a warm summer evening. We love the sweet ...By Susie Iventosch

A taco twist to the breakfast burrito
My son and I love to have breakfast for dinner on occasion, and this dish is one that lends itself well to that. It's also a great meal for a Sunday brunch gathering. Breakfast burritos are all the rage, so why not breakfast tacos? This recipe has tons of flexibility, ...By Susie Iventosch

Angel Food Cake with White Chocolate Mousse and fresh strawberries
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
By Susie Iventosch

Tis the season for this delightful, delicious dessert
Angel food cake is one of those desserts that pairs perfectly with fruit, and since strawberry season is coming up soon, I decided to try this cake with a filling of white chocolate mousse and fresh strawberries. It was a great choice, as it turned out! It wasn't a ...By Susie Iventosch

Carciofi (Artichokes) with Olives and Capers
12 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts (I use Trader Joe's Marinated Grilled Artichoke Halves)
1 cup Greek olives, pitted and halved
By Susie Iventosch

A savory side perfect for spring
I've been studying several foreign languages on my iPad with the Duolingo language app. It is really fun and the more languages you study, the more time it takes because Duo challenges you to keep up learning streaks. So, every day I try to get in 5 to 10 minutes per ...By Susie Iventosch

Pollo alla Diavola
(Serves 4)
4 chicken breasts (bone in and skin on)
By Susie Iventosch

Devour this devilishly divine chicken dish
We recently visited our daughter in New York City, and one night we dined at a really cozy, neighborhood restaurant called Lupa. It seems that most of us were craving chicken that night, but there was only one option on the menu - Pollo alla Diavola (devil's chicken) ...By Susie Iventosch

Tomato-stuffed Bell Peppers
(Serves 6 as a side, or 3 as a main)
3 orange, red or yellow bell peppers, cut in
By Susie Iventosch

A warm side for cold winter nights
Over the holidays, my nephew Brian gave me a beautiful kitchen towel along with a fun little tapas cookbook, "200 Tapas & Spanish Dishes," by Emma Lewis. This was the perfect gift for an auntie who loves to be in the kitchen, stirring up new recipes! In the book I ...By Susie Iventosch

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