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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

A warm and toasty take on a flavorful chestnut dish
As it turns out, we have several foodies in our Lamorinda Weekly family. When Sora O'Doherty was working on her article about Winters Chestnuts farm for the last issue, she sent me a quick note with the idea of collaborating on a chestnut recipe. I told Sora that I'd ...By Susie Iventosch

Comestible Fine Catering's delectable short ribs
My niece Dori (Lubliner) Jacob, grew up in Lafayette and attended Campolindo High School before heading off to Santa Cruz for college and New York University for grad school in performance studies - the theory of performance. Today, she is the casting director for San ...By Susie Iventosch

Fresh flavor from urban farmer Kevin Feinstein
Urban farming is a method of localizing the food chain in a way that even surpasses the farmers' market phenomenon. In urban agriculture, food is cultivated and distributed at a specifically local level. According to local urban farmer Kevin Feinstein, (aka Feral ...By Susie Iventosch

A perfect crust for Aunt Clara's Apple Crumb Pie
My very favorite fruit pie crust recipe is one handed down from my great Aunt Clara. She was a phenomenal cook and a brilliant baker and whenever she babysat for us, which was often, she put her skills to work in the kitchen. Her crust calls for cider vinegar, which ...By Susie Iventosch

La Finestra Ristorante shares stuffed bell pepper recipe
Our publisher, Andy Scheck, tipped me off about some amazing stuffed yellow bell peppers that were recently served as a special at La Finestra Ristorante of Moraga. Apparently there were only 20 of these delicious nuggets available, and Andy felt lucky to have one of ...By Susie Iventosch

Salmon pulls it all together for tasty taco night
Generally speaking, fish doesn't excite me all that much, ever since dining on Friday night fish sticks as a young Catholic kid. In those days, good fresh fish was really hard to come by, especially in the Midwest where I grew up. But my husband and kids all love fish ...By Susie Iventosch

A simple twist for a sumptuous weekend breakfast
This is not so much a recipe as a great idea. We recently spent a couple of nights at the Minam River Lodge in Oregon. The lodge is perched on the banks of the Minam River and located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. This is ...By Susie Iventosch

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