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Published on November 24th, 2021
Simple way to bring delicious vitamin-packed winter squash to the table
Maybe we should first start by explaining what the heck is a carnival squash? It's a relative newcomer in the squash world, developed in 1991. Although not as commonly seen in the markets as its cousins, acorn, delicata, butternut, or other more familiar squashes, it ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on November 10th, 2021
Strawberry fans will fall in love with this luscious layer cake
I recently had a visit with one of my friends, who had just come from a bicycle tour in Natchez, Mississippi. She asked me if I'd ever had strawberry layer cake. Apparently it is a famous dessert in Mississippi (I've yet to visit Mississippi), and she couldn't get ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on October 27th, 2021
Sage brown butter sauce accents fall flavors in this gnocchi dish
This is a fun dish to make, especially at this time of year when cranberries and pumpkins are in season and the fall flavors are all the rage. We love brown butter in almost anything, but this sage brown butter complements the pumpkin and cranberries so well, I ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on October 13th, 2021
This spiced pumpkin butter is perfect for fall
Fall is in the air and that means it's time for pumpkin recipes! So how about some pumpkin butter? It's really just like apple butter, only made with pumpkin pur‚e, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, spices, vanilla and a little splash of apple juice. It's tasty with ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on September 29th, 2021
Finely ground nuts a perfect swap in gluten-free salmon cakes
These salmon cakes are so tasty - and gluten-free, too. No one in our family has gluten issues, but being a food columnist, and cooking for a large group this past summer with a variety of dietary restrictions, I realized that I needed to step up my GF game! I haven't ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on September 15th, 2021
Energy bites pack flavorful punch
These little nuggets are full of energy, made with so many delicious nuts and seeds! They are crunchy and creamy, and salty and sweet, and tasty and healthy and easy . oh my! They are super flavorful, made with almond butter, oats, raisins, dried cranberries, toasted ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on September 1st, 2021
Moist and flavorful quinoa cakes fit the veggie burger bill
In July, my daughter, Courtney, and I were in Vermont to be the camp "chefs" for an adventure cycling tour. We somehow managed to cook breakfast and dinner for 24 hungry riders . in campgrounds! Let me just say, that was probably the hardest either of us had ever ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on August 18th, 2021
Chicken & Herb Sausage for seniors - or discriminating diners of any age
Local reporter Sora O'Doherty and I share a love of cooking and we email back and forth about food and recipes quite often in between issues of the Lamorinda Weekly. Sora is an avid cook and always has fun recipes, cooking tips, and interesting websites for me to check ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on August 4th, 2021
Tackle summertime sizzle with refreshing fruit-filled rosˇ sangria
We love a good summery cocktail and there is almost nothing more refreshing for an afternoon in the backyard than a pitcher of fruity sangria. With hints of strawberry, orange, grapefruit, lime, cucumber and mint, this drink is sure to make you and your guests happy! ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on July 21st, 2021
Hint of salt makes these bittersweet chocolate cookies sing
I have been eyeing this recipe in my old metal recipe box for a couple of years now, wondering who in the heck gave it to me. I don't recognize the handwriting and there's no one's name on it. Also, the 5x7 card is in immaculate condition, indicating that we'd never ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on July 7th, 2021
A fun twist to the lemon bar tradition
These lemon-lime bars are a fun twist on traditional lemon bars with the combination of freshly-squeezed lime and lemon juice. We actually like them better than straight lemon bars, which are hard to beat. We love the tangy sweet filling and crispy shortbread crust. ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on June 23rd, 2021
Bison burgers may be best bet for backyard Fourth of July BBQ
Burgers seem to be just the right fare for a Fourth of July barbecue. And, bison is my burger of choice, so whenever we make burgers at home, I always try to have bison on hand. It's a bit leaner than beef and the flavor is delicious. We have begun mixing Boursin ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on May 26th, 2021
A huevos rancheros breakfast homage to Ben
My husband's cousin Ben (Alameda born and raised) invited us over to brunch one Sunday and he and his wife, Amy, treated us to some absolutely delicious huevos rancheros! It's kind of funny, but I had never made them before, nor had I ever ordered them in a restaurant. ...By Susie Iventosch


Published on May 12th 2021
Tangy, zesty chimichurri slaw a perfect fit for outdoor entertaining
Chimichurri is a deliciously fresh and zesty sauce of Latin American origins made from fresh herbs, chilies, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. We also include cilantro and lime juice for an extra tangy finish. Really, I can't think of a thing that isn't better with a ...By Susie Iventosch



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