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Nothin' says lovin' like chocolate cake in the oven
What can say "I love you" more than a beautiful homemade cake? This cake is especially fun because the loves in your life won't know there's a delicious dark chocolate cake inside until you cut into it. This cake recipe is one of my favorites because it's so moist and ...By Susie Iventosch

Fried Olives with Gorgonzola Sauce
(Makes approximately 2 dozen)
1 pint pitted green Greek olives
By Susie Iventosch

Sumptuous and simply delicious Super Bowl nibbles
With Super Bowl right around the corner on Sunday, Feb. 4, here are some fancy finger foods to pass around your football gathering this year. These pan-fried olives and caramelized onion puff pastry treats are sure to be crowd pleasers. A friend sent me the onion puff ...By Susie Iventosch

Radish Salad with so many greens!
It seems appropriate to take a break for crunchy greens and veggies after the holiday season, which is chock-full of rich food and fabulous goodies. While radishes are not a favorite of everyone, I love their fresh taste and crunchy character. They make a great snack ...By Susie Iventosch

Southwest Crab or Shrimp Cakes
(Makes 8 crab or shrimp cakes)

By Susie Iventosch

Add warmth to the holidays with Southwest crab or shrimp cakes
This is the time of year when I start to think about new crab recipes. For some reason, January and crab go together in my mind and crab cakes came up in conversation at a recent holiday luncheon. Oddly enough, this conversation was prompted by the delivery of a lovely ...By Susie Iventosch

Buche de Noel a holiday hit
One of our Lamorinda Weekly reporters and I love to exchange recipes. Sora O'Doherty is always sending delicious ideas my way, and a couple of months ago she sent me photos of her holiday sugar cookies, mincemeat tarts and Buche de Noel, along with a treasure trove of ...By Susie Iventosch

Baked Apples with Raisins, Nuts and Spice
(Serves 6)
6 apples (use good baking apples such as Gala, Braeburn or Honeycrisp)
By Susie Iventosch

Delicious apple dessert just right for fall
Apples are especially wonderful this time of year with so many different varieties available in the markets. When baked with spices, they make an excellent fall dessert that is nice and light. We've made these with several different kinds of apples, and while I love ...By Susie Iventosch

Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 cup butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
By Susie Iventosch

Pumpkin Sage Soup
(Serves 4-6)
2 sugar or pie pumpkins (to yield approximately 4 cups pumpkin meat or any kind ...
By Susie Iventosch

Share the warmth of holidays with this perfect pumpkin sage soup
By late October, pumpkin and spice flavors are enticing and almost irresistible. Maybe it's those sugar pumpkins staring at you from the produce stand, or perhaps it's the fall leaves as they turn orange, crimson and gold. Whatever it is, you know when it's happened! ...By Susie Iventosch

Buffalo wing flavor with a veggie twist
I just spent a week in New York City with my daughter, and we discovered a new twist on Buffalo wings that uses cauliflower in place of chicken wings. It's such a great idea and it is popping up on menus everywhere throughout the city - from wine bars to sports bars. ...By Susie Iventosch

Braised Short Rib, Crushed Okinawan Yam, Tokyo Turnip, Dandelion Greens
(4 servings)

Short Ribs
By Susie Iventosch

Comforting seasonal cuisine offered at The Park Bistro & Bar
There's something fresh and exciting going on at the Lafayette Park Hotel and it involves the trio of Jason Reiplinger, director of food and beverage, Executive Chef Frank Macias and Pastry Chef Francisco Cabrera. These three gentlemen have teamed up to create a new ...By Susie Iventosch

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