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Egg Pasta

I love making my own noodles for lasagna. I can cut them to the exact length of the pan and because they are thin and fresh, you don’t need to boil them. However, you do need a pasta machine for this recipe. This makes more than we need for lasagna so I make the excess into spaghetti. Continue reading


Blueberry Buttermilk Sherbet

At the height of blueberry season, when blueberries are at their lowest cost, I buy as much as I can. I individually quick freeze them on a cookie sheet and vacuum seal in 24 ounce bags with my Food Saver. When the berries are defrosted they retain their fresh flavor but lose their texture. This recipe is perfect for frozen blueberries. The buttermilk adds a tartness that works well with the sweetness of the blueberries.

I adapted this recipe from Three Berry Buttermilk Sherbet from the June 2010 Sunset Magazine.

Note: You can use a food processor with a metal blade to purée the berries. However, I have found that a blender works better. Continue reading

Strawberry / English Muffin French Toast

Thanks to this year’s El Niño effect there is currently an abundance of strawberries on the market (I can get them for 88 cents a pound at Ralph’s supermarkets in southern California). So I was ecstatic when I received a Food Network e-mail with a link to the Food Network Magazine Strawberry Shortcake French Toast recipe. If you add a spoon of fresh whipped cream, this is a breakfast I would be happy to order in a restaurant. Continue reading

Dark Chococolate Mocha Cookies

Dark Chocolate Mocha Cookies

These cookies are based on the Marta Stewart recipe for Dark-Chocolate Espresso Cookies. They are crunchy on top and soft on the bottom and middle.  The salt along with the espresso powder adds a bit of complexity to the recipe.

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Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake

Although the cake looks dense each layer is very light and so is the filling. I hate frosting cakes and the ganache frosting in this recipe is easy to apply. The recipe is based on the Fine Cooking Cinnamon-Caramel-Ganache Layer Cake.

Makes 1 cake (about 12 servings).



  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons + ¼ cups water
  • 4 ½ ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup sugar


  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • Pinch of table salt
  • 6 tablespoons cool water


  • 1 ½ ounces unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup lukewarm + ½ cup cool water
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 6 ounces cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten



  1. Bring the cream, salt and 2 tablespoons of water to a simmer.
  2. Put the chocolate in a medium bowl and set a strainer over it.
  3. Pour ¼ cup water in a 3-quart saucepan. Pour the sugar in the center of the pan and pat it down until it is evenly moistened. Cover pan and cook over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves (2 – 4 minutes). Uncover and cook without stirring until the syrup begins to color (about 1 minute). Reduce heat to medium and cook until the caramel turns red-amber (about 1 – 2 minutes). If the syrup colors unevenly swirl the pan gently. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cream mixture. Return to low heat and simmer stirring constantly until the caramel is completely dissolved (1 – 3 minutes).
  4. Pour the caramel cream through the strainer. Whisk until the chocolate melts and mixture is smooth. Scrape into a wide shallow bowl, cover loosely, cool and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled (at least 4 hours and up to three days).


  1. Put the chocolate, butter, corn syrup and salt in a metal bowl set over barely simmering water. Stir gently until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth.
  2. Take the bowl off the water and stir in water. Let cool and thicken without stirring at room temperature for at least three hours (the consistency should be like chocolate pudding).


  1. Line the bottom of three 9×2-inch round cake pans with parchment. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a bowl whisk cocoa powder and lukewarm water. In another bowl mix buttermilk and cool water. In a third bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt and sift them three times.
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat the butter on medium speed until creamy (15 seconds). Add the white and brown sugars gradually while beating until the mixture lightens in color and appears sandy but fluffy (5 minutes). Add the eggs slowly over the course of one minute. Continue to beat for a few more seconds until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. Stop the mixer and add the cocoa mixture. Beat on medium speed until just combined. Stop the mixer and add one-quarter of the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until just incorporated. Stop the mixer and add one-third of the buttermilk. Repeat, scraping the bowl as needed, until all the flour and buttermilk have been added.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the three pans. Bake 17 – 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cakes for five minutes and then turn on to racks, remove the parchment and cool completely.

Assemble Cake

  1. Beat the chilled filling in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment at medium speed until very thick and stiff enough to hold it’s shape but still spreadable (1 – 2 minutes). Put a cake layer upside down on a cake circle and spread half the filling evenly all the way to the edge of the layer. Top with a second upside down layer and gently press in place. Spread the remaining filling on the second layer. Top with the third layer, also upside down. Smooth any filling that protrudes from the sides.
  2. With an offset spatula spread a thin crumb-coat layer of frosting evenly over the top and sides of the cake. Put cake in refrigerator for 10 minutes to set the crumb-coat. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  3. Garnish as desired.

Chewy Almond Orange Cookies

This recipe is from Martha Stewart Living. The consistency of these confections is like a cross between a cookie and a soft meringue.

Makes 18 cookies.


  • 4 ½ oz sliced almonds (divided into 3 ½ oz and 1 oz)
  • ¾ C sugar (divided into ½ C and ¼ C)
  • ¼ C all-purpose flour
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp anise, crushed
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a food processor, blend 3 ½ ounces of almonds with ½ C sugar until almonds are finely ground.
  3. Transfer almond mixture to a bowl and stir in flour, orange zest and anise.
  4. Using a stand mixer whisk egg whites, salt, ¼ C sugar until soft peaks form.
  5. Fold egg whites into almond mixture.
  6. Spoon tablespoons of batter 2 inches apart on two baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Using remaining almonds arrange three almonds on each cookie. Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies.
  7. Bake until cookies are slightly browned on the edges, about 12 minutes. Cool for two minutes before moving to cooling rack to cool completely.

Blueberry Almond Delights

This recipe is based on a recipe I found on the Food Network web site (one of my favorite places to look for recipes) and adapted for my stand mixer. It took first place at the San Diego County Fair (formerly the Del Mar Fair) in 2008. Because of the almonds the taste reminds me of biscotti.

I used fresh blueberries but it will work well with frozen blueberries if you thaw and drain them. I use a #40 (1½ tablespoon) disher (it looks like a small ice cream scoop). That way the cookies are uniform.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup blueberries


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the beater blade, cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg yolk and beat until incorporated. Add milk, almond extract, lemon zest and continue beating until incorporated.
  3. With the mixer on low speed slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients.
  4. Fold in the almonds first, then fold in the blueberries.
  5. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. While dough is chilling preheat the oven to 375°.
  7. Drop heaping tablespoons of the mix onto cookie sheets. Bake until golden brown around the edges, about 15 minutes.
  8. Cool the cookies on a wire rack.