Streusel and Chocolate Chip-Stuffed Banana Bread

Even though my loving father died shortly past my tenth birthday, and  that Dad was barely home – working tirelessly  at his bakeries – in spite of this–his  smiles and baking endeavors have resonate in me for decades.  All aspects of baking flash before me, daily; they hound me to bake something, anything. I  love…

Stuffed Jumbo Shells, 4 Cheeses, Layered with a Meaty Marinara Sauce, Baked

Pasta for lunch, usually curly kinds  or other  elbow shaped varieties were common in my childhood.  That’s what our live-in maid/housekeeper cooked for us, ( my 3 younger siblings and I) often with butter swirled in,  plus  a smattering of American cheese scattered from above. As an adult I’m still fond of that meal, but…

Creamy Baked Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Chicken and rice sounds so passe, normal, average, but it may be however, it’s truly more than that too.  Cooking this dish gave me an opportunity to  use my skills, talent, create something delicious, extrodinary, a stick-to-your-ribs-meal that, with some of it, the ideas and ingredients, and part of the process just popped into my…

Jam-topped cheesecake and peanut butter squares

Although living in Colorado for over 40 years, my roots–especially my food roots–lie  mostly in New Jersey where I grew-up and in New York too, where a replica of this dish is famous.  Even if a person buys cheesecake in another part of the country, many menus reference “New York cheesecake”. Its title is iconic,…

Sweet Potato-blueberry-walnut bread-lemon iced

After cooking sweet potato soup, which was delicious, I’ve dug around the extensive sweet potato website based in North Carolina, and learned historical facts and viewed many recipes. Most of the historical information can be found on my recipe for the soup.  But personally, I’ve discovered my own small tidbits about  sweet potatoes.  One, I…

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake – a sweet dessert with pucker power

At  the beginning of my fora into cooking and baking, which started  fifty years ago, I never thought of using real lemons. Unknowingly I bought those  plastic bright-yellow lemon containers. Naturally there was lemon juice in them, but who knows what else? It took me many years to discover fresh lemons, and their many benefits…