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Published on August 5th, 2020
Fun and flavorful frittata beats the heat
This summer I was slated to be Discovery Bicycle Tours' camp "chef" for a couple of weeklong cycling adventures in Vermont. I was really excited about the idea of planning and cooking a camping menu for this adventure and for my first visit ever to Vermont. Un ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on July 22nd, 2020
Double Chocolate S'mookies deliver summer s'mores flavor
My friend sent me a recipe for s'mores cookies last week and I thought it looked so delicious that I literally made them (with my own variations) the very same day. Nothing screams summer like s'mores, especially for kids, but if you don't happen to have campfire ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on July 8th, 2020
This hearty salad helps fill the summer dinner void
I don't know about you, but I can never seem to get enough of salads in the summer, especially if you have a great victory garden growing in your backyard! We love to make hearty salads with meat and cheese and lots of seasonal veggies so that they are filling enough ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on June 24th, 2020
Sumptuous potato salad for summer barbecues
Summer is my very favorite season because I love warm evenings and the unbridled anticipation of outdoor dining, patio barbecues and picnics in the park. And, when you think of barbecues and picnics, potato salad isn't far behind! This one calls for blue cheese ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on June 10th, 2020
A perfect pairing in this super summertime dessert
One day my son decided to pick up the ingredients to make dark chocolate pistachio butter cups. That sounded like a great idea to me! He loves Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups, and since we all really love pistachios, he thought it might be a fun ...By Susie Iventosch

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 sauté 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 puréed 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

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