Saturday, November 28, 2020



Stained Glass Jello Dessert



1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cups granulated sugar

1/4 cup melted butter 



1 1/2 cups whipping cream 

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup cold water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

1 tablespoon gelatin (1 packet Knox) 

3-4 cups cubed Jello


To prepare crust mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter in a medium-sized bowl.  Press into greased spring-form pan.  Bake in a 350F preheated oven for 10-13 minutes.  Set aside to cool completely. 


To prepare Jello, mix the contents of Jello boxes with one cup of boiling water.  Stir to dissolve the Jello, and then pour into a container to solidify.  Repeat with required colors and flavors.  Placing the Jello in the fridge will speed the solidifying process up.  Once solid, cut Jello into small cubes. 


In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the pineapple juice and allow it to rest for 30-60 seconds. Heat mixture to boiling.. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved and remove from heat.  


Add in the cold water, stir and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.


Whip cream and vanilla in a  mixer until stiff peaks form.  Slowly add in cooled pineapple mixture, and whisk until combined.  


Remove from mixer.  Place Jello cubes into the mixture stirring gingerly so not to cause the Jello to break up.


Pour filling into prepared crust.  Place pan into the refrigerator to solidify completely- between 6-8 hours or overnight. 


This dessert is best served within 2-3 days.

Sunday, November 15, 2020


This is my go-to recipe each holiday season. True it is easier to buy a pie but making a pie for dinner makes the whole house smell like the holidays are here!


Classic Pumpkin Pie

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 can (16oz) Libby's  Solid Pack Pumpkin (our favorite)

3/4 cups sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tsp ground cinnamon

12 tsp ground ginger

1/4 cup (12 oz can)  undiluted Carnations Evaporated

1-9inch unbaked homemade pie shell with fluted edge


Preheat oven to 425F. Mix filling ingredients in order given. Pour into the pie shell. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350F, continue baking 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool completely. Garnish with whipped topping.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Vintage 1960s Holiday foods-Pineapple or Stone Fruit Upside Down Cake


We always had Stone Fruit Upside Down Cake (plums or cherries) for Thanksgiving. I grew up in New York so stone fruit was readily available. Pineapple Upside-down Cake was something of a novelty in my family until we moved to Los Angeles.


Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Stone Fruit Upside Down Cake


3 tbsp. plus 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

Choice of fruit toppings (see measurements below)

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 cup  granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c. whole milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In 12" heavy skillet with oven-safe handle, melt 3 tablespoons butter on medium, swirling to coat side of the pan. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter and continue to cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add fruit, cut sides down, to fill the entire bottom of the skillet.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat remaining 1/2 cup butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then vanilla until well blended. With the mixer on low, beat in flour mixture and milk, alternating, until just blended.

Pour batter over fruit in skillet; gently spread into even layer. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool cake in skillet on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan with a mini spatula or paring knife.

Place large serving platter over skillet. Carefully invert cake onto a platter and remove skillet; cool slightly to serve warm or cool 2 hours and serve at room temperature.


Choice of fruit toppings

**-3 8oz cans slice Pineapple, 16 maraschino cherries

-1 1/2 lbs. peaches, peeled, halved and cut into eighths

-3/4 lb. cherries, pitted and halved

-1 1/2 lbs. plums, halved and cut into eighths


**Try adding pecans or walnuts in between the pineapple slices.

This recipe can also be made with pineapple chunks.


Sunday, November 1, 2020


These stuffed mushrooms are great for Open House or dinner.


Tarragon-Rice Stuffed Mushrooms


18 large white mushrooms

1/4 cup canned chicken broth (low fat)

green onion or shallot, minced

1/2 cup long-grain white rice, cooked and cold

2 teaspoons light mayonnaise

2 or 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped

2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese (Parmigiano-Reggiano), freshly grated

1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped

2 teaspoons olive oil, extra-virgin

1/4 teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Remove the stems from the mushrooms and finely chop the stems.

In a nonstick frying pan, over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth to a boil.  Add the shallot and mushrooms stems; cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.

In a medium-size bowl, combine the vegetable mixture, rice, mayonnaise, tarragon, and half the parmesan cheese; set aside.

Using a paper towel, wipe out the frying pan and place over medium heat.  Add the olive oil and mushroom caps; sauté until coated with oil, 20 to 30 seconds.

Remove from the pan and arrange the mushroom caps, stem end up, on a baking sheet.  Mound about 2 teaspoons of the prepared vegetable/rice mixture in each mushroom cap.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.  


Bake until the cheese is lightly browned and the mushrooms are tender but still hold their shape, about 10 minutes.  To serve, dust each cap lightly with paprika.

Makes 6 servings (3 stuffed mushroom caps each person)


 If made in advance, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.