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Published on October 11th, 2023
A no-mayo version of Mexican Street Corn
We really love corn and everything about street corn is so delicious, except a few people in my family won't touch mayonnaise. So, I've come up with a version that avoids mayo and we think it tastes even better this way. We used grilled corn to start with, and then ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on September 27th, 2023
Crisp apple cider adds flavor boost to pancakes, perfect for fall
It's definitely apple season, and with that comes delicious apple cider. One of my favorite childhood memories is my mom giving us powdered sugar donuts and fresh local apple cider for after school snacks during the fall. She was that mom who always made us breakfast . ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on September 13th, 2023
Caramelized apples key to this fun fall dessert
Here's a fun little autumn twist on the classic pineapple upside down cake using seasonal apples in place of the pineapple slices. The caramelized apples pair beautifully with this delicious vanilla cake for a fun fall dessert. You can use green or red apples but be ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on August 30th, 2023
Smoky, savory street tacos a perfect pre-prep dish for a relaxing Labor Day
My son was visiting his brother and discovered a wonderful cookbook, "Rachel's Good Eats," on the kitchen shelf. He saw so many great recipes and wanted to try them at home. So, we quickly got around to making the Mexican Street Tacos and were so taken with this ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on August 16th, 2023
This fresh and bright pesto packs a roasted pepper punch
When you smell roasting peppers over a fire, you know there will be something delicious to eat soon. That aroma is so enticing! This time, it's a creamy and spicy, fresh and bright pesto made with both roasted and fresh poblanos, jalape¤os, pistachios, basil, cilantro, ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on August 2nd, 2023
Hearty corn muffins a perfect bite for breakfast, brunch ... or anytime
I love corn almost any way imaginable - grilled on the cob, polenta, cornbread, cream of corn, corn chowder, corn tortillas, street corn, and especially corn muffins. We make this recipe with turkey breakfast sausage, chives (or green onion) and sharp white cheddar. ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on July 19th, 2023
Super soft snickerdoodles hit the mark this summer
If you love snickerdoodles, I think you'll really love this brown sugar version. While snickerdoodles are similar to sugar cookies, they vary in taste and texture due to two key ingredients: cinnamon and cream of tartar. If you don't have cream of tartar in your spice ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on July 5th, 2023
The Real Estate Quarter in Review
The second quarter of 2023 remained strong on the residential side of Lamorinda real estate. The total number of sales was down everywhere and the average price was steady in Lafayette but lower in Moraga and Orinda. The closings that occurred were those that mostly ...By Conrad Bassett, CRP, GMS-T

Published on June 21st, 2023
Create a delicious summer garden with these fun sunflower cupcakes
Our friend Mariela has a beautiful website called The Hungry Dragonfly, and while she creates all sorts of savory, sweet and vegan recipes, she is a fantastic cake decorator. Recently, she posted a video of how to make these fun sunflower cupcakes using her favorite ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on June 7th, 2023
Nothing says spring more than a bright and light lemon tart dessert
Lemons make the perfect spring dessert, especially when you add a few colorful, fresh berries and edible flowers on top. This tart filling is made with lemon curd and nonfat plain Greek yogurt to give it a creamy and airy texture, and it's lighter in the calorie ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on May 24th, 2023
Fun and flavorful twist on classic quesadillas
This is a fun and spicy recipe for quesadillas! Loaded with a trifecta of fresh and roasted chili peppers, diced grilled chicken thighs, grilled onions, Chipotle Ranch dressing, and mixed Mexican cheese, it's a flavorful proposition, for sure. My son Joel came up with ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on May 10th, 2023
Crispy, cheesy potato goodness goes well with morning or evening fare
These potatoes are so easy and so delicious and they're great for breakfast or dinner. I was introduced to them at the Heartstone Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The innkeepers, Cheri and Rick Rojek, put on an amazing breakfast every day and one morning these potatoes ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on April 26th, 2023
Spinach and tomato combine for the perfect side or salmon topper
I've always been a huge fan of creamed spinach - any way shape and form, and this fun and fresh version, made with cherry tomatoes, onions, garlic and grated Pecorino Romano cheese, is a healthier no-cream version. We originally made this recipe with heavy cream, and ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on April 12th, 2023
Cardamom: the secret spice that makes these cookies come alive
I am a huge fan of oatmeal cookies and these are my absolute favorite! They are full of currants, nuts, and yummy spices - cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom - the best spice on the planet. Cardamom is the secret ingredient that makes these cookies come alive. If you're ...By Susie Iventosch

Published on March 29th, 2023
Savory veggie stacks make a colorful splash as a side or main dish
We've enjoyed dining on these roasted veggie stacks that a couple of our friends have served, but finally got around to making our own the other day. It was a fun project and the great thing is that you can use whatever cheese and veggies you like, as long as it can ...By Susie Iventosch

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